Traffic Networks Recovering in Quake-Hit Hokkaido; Death Toll Hits 18

Society

Sapporo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)--Progress was seen in the restoration of transportation infrastructure in Hokkaido on Friday, the day after the northernmost Japan prefecture was hit by a fatal earthquake.

Electricity was back at more than half of households in Hokkaido.

Meanwhile, 18 have so far been confirmed dead, mostly in Atsuma, where massive landslides occurred following the shake, which registered 7 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in the town, according to the National Police Agency and the Atsuma municipal government.

Besides the victims, one person was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest and 21 others remained unaccounted for, the agency and the town also said.

A total of some 40,000 police officers, firefighters, Self-Defense Forces troops and coast guards continued searching missing people.

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