Fears develop for Japan quake survivors as dying toll rises

Rescue workers in the town of Atsuma Symbol copyright Reuters Symbol caption Emergency crews are racing against the clock to find survivors

Rescuers persevered to search for survivors of a formidable earthquake on Japan’s island of Hokkaido, as the demise toll rose to SIXTEEN.

Dozens are nonetheless missing with many feared buried under rubble after the quake triggered landslides.

Some 1.6 million citizens throughout Hokkaido stay with out power.

The quake is the second disaster to hit Japan this week, after a dangerous typhoon lashed the country’s west coast.

The earthquake struck early on Thursday and lots of people spent the night in evacuation centres.

Image copyright EPA Image caption With unhealthy climate on the approach, it is feared the landslides would possibly proceed Image copyright Reuters Symbol caption Many residents are nonetheless missing

Top Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed 16 other folks had been killed, many of us injured, and 26 remained missing.

“Please provide your sympathy to individuals who spent a depressing night in concern, and do everything you’ll to restore electricity as quickly as possible,” he steered his ministers at an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday.

Authorities said it could take at least one week to revive power strains to the sparsely populated nation-state.

With bad climate anticipated over the next days, officials are warning other folks to remain cautious and be ready for aftershocks.

Transport to renew

The island’s main airport resumed flights on Friday and teach products and services are also scheduled to restart sooner than the weekend.

The quake additionally affected a couple of manufacturers on the island. Operations at Toyota plant will be suspended till energy is restored, the carmaker stated.

A soccer pleasant among Japan and Chile scheduled for friday has been known as off.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Japan is susceptible to earthquakes

The earthquake comes on the heels of a perilous hurricane lashing the west of Japan over the previous few days.

Jebi, the strongest storm to hit the rustic in 25 years, killed a minimum of 10 folks and caused common injury and disruption.

Japan is one in all the world’s so much seismically energetic nations and money owed for around 20% of quakes around the globe of value 6.0 or more.

In June, a dangerous tremor hit Osaka region, killing five and injuring greater than THREE HUNDRED other people.

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