Hokkaido picking up the pieces after quake

Japanese soldiers search for missing people at a house destroyed by a large landslide that was caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido, on Sept 7, 2018.
Japanese soldiers search for missing people at a house destroyed by a large landslide that was caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido, on Sept 7, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Hokkaido was racing to restore power, flights and train services yesterday as the search for survivors continued after a powerful quake struck the scenic island in northern Japan.

There were conflicting accounts of the death toll from Thursday's magnitude-6.7 quake, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying 16 had died, but Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga later revising the figure down to nine. Public broadcaster NHK put it at 12.

Another 24 people are still unaccounted for in the town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings was destroyed when a hillside collapsed.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2018, with the headline 'Hokkaido picking up the pieces after quake'. Print Edition | Subscribe