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1 dead, 5 unaccounted for after landslide in southwestern Japan

The Mainichi   11 April 2018   Japan   Oita  

OITA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A massive landslide engulfed houses in a tourist town in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Oita early Wednesday morning, leaving one person dead and five others unaccounted for and severing a road leading to the site, local authorities said.

While landslides are often triggered by heavy rain or earthquakes, none were reported in the area at the time, leading geological experts to suspect past rainfall or underground water was the cause.

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