JAPAN has been rocked by a second earthquake, which hit the northern island of Hokkaido, just hours after it was struck by a devastating quake which triggered massive landslides and left one person dead.
The fresh earthquake hit 29km east of Tomakomai, a coastal city on Hokkaido.
According to US earthquake specialist Charles Richter this is likely to have caused: “Damage of varying severity to poorly constructed buildings.
It comes shortly after the city of Sapporo, also on the island of Hokkaido, was hit by a calamitous 6.7 magnitude earthquake.
This caused a landslide which buried homes in the rural town of Atsumi, trapping residents inside.
Local government officials are reporting that an 82-year-old man has died after falling down the stairs in his home during the earthquake.