Death toll from Hokkaido earthquake rises to 37

The death toll from the magnitude-6.7 earthquake that rocked Hokkaido last week rose to 37, authorities said Sunday, as work to restore air and road transport, as well as water and power services, continues.

As per the latest count, two people are still missing as more than 7,000 members of the Self-Defense Forces and other emergency service rescuers continue their search for more survivors.

Also Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited quake-hit Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island, to assess the extent of the damage.

The earthquake, which struck on Thursday, destroyed houses, cut off roads and caused massive widespread landslides that buried parts of towns.

All — Kyodo News+

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