The demise toll has hit 39 from a strong earthquake that struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido final week, authorities mentioned Sunday. One particular person remained lacking within the hard-hit city of Atsuma, the place a number of landslides triggered by the quake slammed into homes on the foot of steep hills.
Rescue staff used backhoes and shovels to seek for the lacking in a tangle of dust, fallen bushes and the rubble of houses left by the landslides. All however 4 of the victims have been from Atsuma, a group of four,600 folks.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited hard-hit Kiyota ward on the jap fringe of Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. In some components of Kiyota, the earth liquefied and sank as a lot as a meter, tilting homes, cracking roads and unleashing a mudflow that solidified and trapped autos in parking heaps.
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The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck earlier than dawn Thursday and knocked out energy and practice service throughout Hokkaido, house to five.four million folks. It took two days to revive electrical energy to most households. A couple of hundred have been nonetheless with out energy Sunday, largely in Atsuma.
About 2,600 folks have been staying in short-term shelters, down from a peak of 16,600, the Hokkaido authorities mentioned.