6.6-magnitude earthquake shakes Japan

A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake shook the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Debris litters the ground next to a damaged building after a strong earthquake hit overnight in Sapporo, Japan, on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Jiji Press/EPA-EFE
Debris litters the ground next to a damaged building after a strong earthquake hit overnight in Sapporo, Japan, on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Jiji Press/EPA-EFE

The earthquake struck at about 3 a.m. and was centered about 17 miles east of the city of Tomakomai, with a depth of about 21 miles, the USGS said.

There was no threat of a tsunami following the quake.

Hokkaido prefectural officials said an 82-year-old man fell down in a house in Tomakomai during the quake and had no heartbeat and wasn’t breathing, NHK reported.

Firefighters said five houses collapsed in the town of Atsuma, while two others collapsed in the city of Sapporo.

Abira Town officials reported shattered windows and power outages, while images from Sapporo showed a crack in a road and other images from Chitose City showed displaced tiles from a house.

ByDaniel Uria