Quake-Hit Hokkaido Steadily Heading for Reconstruction after 6 Months

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Atsuma, Hokkaido, March 6 (Jiji Press)--People affected by the Sept. 6 major earthquake in Hokkaido are moving ahead steadily on reconstruction, six months after the disaster claimed the lives of 42 people and disrupted electricity supplies across the northernmost Japan prefecture.

With the coming of spring, many affected residents are stepping up efforts to put their lives back in order at temporary houses and other locations.

All shelters for evacuees in the towns of Atsuma, Abira and Mukawa in Hokkaido that suffered severe damage from the 6.7-magnitude temblor had closed by the end of last year.

As of Tuesday, the construction of 244 temporary housing units had been completed in the three towns, with 475 people from 214 families living in 219 of them.

The town of Atsuma, where the September quake measured the highest level of 7 on Japan's seismic intensity scale, plans to build about 30 permanent public housing units for affected residents by the end of 2020, when the use of temporary housing ends.

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