Death toll nears 40 in northern Japan earthquake
The death toll has hit 39 after a powerful earthquake struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday. One person is reportedly missing in the hard-hit town of Atsuma. It was a place where multiple landslides were triggered by the quake slammed into houses at the foot of steep hills.
Rescue workers are trying their best to find the missing persons. They are using backhoes and shovels to search for the missing in a tangle of dirt, fallen trees and the rubble of homes left by the landslides.
A strong earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale rocked Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture on Thursday. It killed 40 people and injured 200 people.
The earthquake led to the landslides that engulfed houses. According to the local authorities 40 people remained missing as search and rescue operations ramped up their efforts to find the missing before nightfall.
The quake, which came on the heels of a deadly typhoon lashing the west of Japan over the past few days, cut power to around three million homes after a thermal power plant was damaged.
Recently, the most powerful typhoon, Typhoon Jebi to hit Japan in 25 years, due to which over 600 domestic flights have been cancelled in Japan. All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. have cancelled 289 and 180 flights.
The Typhoon has hit the transportation services the worst. It has led to the cancellation of many flights and trains and other commercial facilities also.