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‘It more or less shook me out of bed’: Powerful earthquake hits northern Japan

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A powerful earthquake has hit Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, collapsing walls and some buildings.

Fortunately, it didn’t trigger a tsunami.

The quake, which struck just after 3am local time on Wednesday had a magnitude of 6.7.

Listener and Australian farrier Matt Schumacher lives in northern Japan.

He’s sent Ray the below photos of the Japan earthquake from Hokkaido.

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He tells Ray he was in bed when it struck.

“It more or less shook me out of bed.”

“I’ve gone to go down the stairs and I went to take a step and the house disappeared from underneath me.

“It lifted the house and dropped it and as I took a step, the steps gone.”

He says the entire island of Hokkaido, similar in size to Tasmania, is without power.

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