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Snow storms kill 6 in Japan's Hokkaido island

On Sunday, March 3, Japan's meteorological agency issued a warning of strong winds and heavy snow in northern Japan, with gusts of up to 135 kilometers per hour recorded in Erimo cape, southern Hokkaido.

At least six people died in a spate of snow-related incidents as blizzards swept across the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend, police and news reports said Sunday.

A 40-year-old woman and her three teenaged children were found dead late Saturday in a car buried under snow in the town of Nakashibetsu, eastern Hokkaido.

They are believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning as the car's exhaust pipe was blocked by snow.

Snowfalls of more than two meters were recorded in the area.

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