- 停電（後出 power outage も同意、knock out power は停電を引き起こす、rolling blackout は計画停電）
- 揺り動かす（後出 shaking は揺れ）
- strike (→ struck)
- 襲う（写真説明の (be) hit by ～は～に襲われる）
- seismic intensity scale
- thermal power plant
- (be) restored
Quake in Hokkaido causes landslides, blackout
A powerful earthquake rocked Hokkaido early on Sept. 6, triggering landslides that crushed homes and knocking out power.
The magnitude 6.7 quake struck southern Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. The epicenter was east of Tomakomai, but the shaking also buckled roads and damaged homes in Sapporo.
It was the first time Hokkaido suffered a quake measuring a 7 on the seismic intensity scale. Forty people were confirmed dead as of Sept. 10. In the town of Atsuma, a massive landslide engulfed homes.
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said that 25,000 troops and other personnel would be dispatched to the area to help with rescue operations.
Power was knocked out for 2.95 million households. The extensive power outage was caused by a shutdown of the main thermal power plant at Tomato-Atsuma that supplies half of Hokkaido's electricity.
Power was mostly restored on Sept. 8. But the central government is calling for saving power by 20 percent, and it may plan rolling blackouts. (Compiled from AP and Mainichi reports)