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16 dead, 26 missing in wake of powerful earthquake striking Japan's Hokkaido
Sixteen people have been confirmed dead and around 26 people still remain missing in the wake of a powerful earthquake that rocked Hokkaido Prefecture in northern Japan in the early hours of Thursday morning, the government said on Friday. As search and rescue efforts continue Friday after a 6.7-magnitude quake struck Japan's northernmost prefecture a day earlier, police, firefighters and thousands of Self-Defense Forces personnel used heavy machinery to remove rubble. In one of the hardest-hit towns of Atsuma where massive landslides buried numerous homes, rescue teams were combing through the rubble with their hands, looking for signs of those still unaccounted for. Some 2.95 million homes were without electricity, as the entire prefecture suffered a power outage, with Hokkaido Electric Power Company initially saying it might take up to a week till power is fully restored in its service area. Authorities said that the massive power outage was caused due to the halt of a thermal power plant that produced nearly half of the prefecture's electricity. So far, power has reconnected to half of the households in Hokkaido, local utility company said. Nevertheless, according to prefectural officials, more than 6,400 people were forced to spend the night at evacuation centers in the prefectural capital of Sapporo. According to transport officials, Hokkaido's Shinkansen bullet train service resumed at noon on Friday and Sapporo's subway system also resumed services. According to local media reports, the local office of the transport ministry said that power has been restored to the terminal building at New Chitose Airport, the gateway to Hokkaido. And domestic airlines resumed operations. At least 300 people have been injured as a result of the earthquake measuring the maximum 7 on Japan's seismic intensity scale. Shelves at convenience stores in Hokkaido stood empty as locals bought up supplies after the earthquake. This marked the first time a quake in Hokkaido has reached this intensity level since the seismic scale was revised in 1996, Japan's weather agency said. Hundreds of aftershocks have since followed and Japan Meteorological Agency has warned that earthquakes over 5.0-magnitude could continue in the area for about a week.