Power Restored in Almost All of Quake-Hit Hokkaido

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Sapporo, Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)--Power was restored in almost all of Hokkaido on Saturday, two days after a fatal earthquake rocked the northernmost Japan prefecture, causing all local households to lose power.

The death toll from Thursday's quake rose to 20, while 11 people were in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest and eight others were missing, according to the Hokkaido prefectural government.

Some 40,000 personnel from Japan's police, fire departments, Self-Defense Forces and others were being deployed for rescue and other operations.

According to Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509>, electricity had come back on at 2.93 million households, or over 99 pct of all households in the island prefecture, as of 9 a.m. (midnight Friday GMT), while 20,000 households remained without power.

The firm said it is doing everything it can to restore its power supply facilities. It is asking Hokkaido people to save electricity to help ensure stable power supply.

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