Quake-Hit Schools Resume Classes in Hokkaido Towns

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Mukawa, Hokkaido, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)--Twelve elementary, junior high and high schools in the towns of Atsuma, Mukawa and Abira in Hokkaido resumed classes on Tuesday after closing due to the Sept. 6 earthquake that rocked the northern Japan prefecture.

Some 1,070 students returned to these schools.

School routes were confirmed to be safe and water supply at the schools has been secured, according to local governments.

All schools in Hokkaido that were forced by the 6.7-magnitude temblor to close have now resumed classes.

At Mukawa Chuo Elementary School, which has 200 students, some children ran up to their teachers, saying, "Good morning," while others gave their friends big hugs, asking, "How have you been?"

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