Hokkaido Industries Still Suffering Damage from Quake Blackout

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--Local key industries are still struggling with secondary damage from a massive blackout triggered by a powerful earthquake that hit Hokkaido a month ago.

The power outage forced even factories far away from the seismic center of the 6.7-magnitude earthquake to suspend their operations.

Food and beverage factories and retailers had to dispose of products as refrigerators stopped working, suffering larger damage from such secondary effects than the direct impact of the earthquake.

Dairy and livestock farmers have yet to see their production return to predisaster levels, due to severe aftereffects of the blackout.

"It will take time to restore production levels before the disaster," an official of the Hokuren Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives in Hokkaido, said.

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