A minimum of 28 individuals had been injured within the area and 20 residents within the city of Atsuma could also be unaccounted for, officers mentioned. Twenty of these injured had been within the metropolis of Sapporo.
The earthquake was adopted by a number of aftershocks, together with one registered at 5.4, NHK reported, citing the Japan Meteorological Company. The US Geological Survey mentioned the earthquake registered at 6.6.
Practically three million households misplaced energy, based on the Hokkaido Electrical Energy Firm. Officers mentioned a most important energy station misplaced operations, affecting different websites. Independently owned energy turbines had been helping.
“The electrical provide was stopped to Tomari nuclear plant, however it could possibly function with out exterior electrical provide for one week,” Chief Cupboard Secretary Yoshihide Suga mentioned.
Residents mentioned they awoke to a strong earthquake that lasted 30 seconds to at least one minute.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned 4,000 protection forces joined rescue operations, and that quantity may enhance to a most of 25,000.
Some streets had been minimize off by downed bushes, and extra photos from the broadcaster confirmed crumbled buildings.
Moreover, Japan Meteorological Company officers advised NHK that dangers of aftershocks are substantial for so long as the following week. They warned residents about elevated dangers of collapse amongst buildings close to the epicenter.