The death toll from earthquakes in Japan is 18

Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs searched the mud today for the survivors of a landslide that buried the houses after a strong earthquake, as the death toll rose to 18

Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs searched the mud today for the survivors of a landslide that buried the houses after a strong earthquake, as the death toll rose to 18.

About 22 people are still missing in the small rural town of Atsuma, where a group of houses collapsed when a hillside collapsed with the force of the magnitude 6.6 earthquake, causing deep brown scars on the landscape.

About 1.6 million households on the sparsely populated island of Hokkaido were still without electricity after the earthquake damaged a thermal plant that supplies electricity to the region.

The western parts of the country are still recovering from the most powerful typhoon that hit Japan in a quarter of a century, which claimed 11 lives and closed the main regional airport. And officials have warned about the danger of new tremors.

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Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs searched the mud today for the survivors of a landslide that buried the houses after a strong earthquake, as the death toll rose to 18

Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs searched the mud today for the survivors of a landslide that buried the houses after a strong earthquake, as the death toll rose to 18

About 22 people are still missing in the small rural town of Atsuma, where a group of houses collapsed when a hillside collapsed with the force of the magnitude 6.6 earthquake, causing deep brown scars on the landscape.

Police search for missing people in houses destroyed by an earthquake in the city of Atsuma, Hokkaido, southern Japan

Police search for missing people in houses destroyed by an earthquake in the city of Atsuma, Hokkaido, southern Japan

Police search for missing people in houses destroyed by an earthquake in the city of Atsuma, Hokkaido, southern Japan

The earthquake, which peaked on a Japanese scale that measures the power of an earthquake shake, also collapsed a handful of houses and walls in the main city of Sapporo.

The earthquake, which peaked on a Japanese scale that measures the power of an earthquake shake, also collapsed a handful of houses and walls in the main city of Sapporo.

The earthquake, which peaked on a Japanese scale that measures the power of an earthquake shake, also collapsed a handful of houses and walls in the main city of Sapporo.

"We have heard that there are people still trapped under the mud, so we have been working 24 hours, but it has been difficult to rescue them," said a soldier from the Self-Defense Forces in Atsuma to the NHK public television network.

"We will take steps to find them quickly."

An elderly woman from Atsuma told NHK: "My relative is still buried under the mud and they have not found it yet, so I could not sleep at all last night." There were also several aftershocks, so it was a restless night.

The Minister of Industry, Hiroshige Seko, said that he hoped that by the end of today only 550,000 homes will remain without electricity.

"It will take about a week" before the largest thermal power plant recovers, "so during that period, we are sending energy-generating vehicles to hospitals," Seko told reporters.

He urged citizens to save energy by having fewer lights on in shops and restaurants and, for example, family members who stay together in a room.

Some 22,000 rescuers, including troops called by the Self-Defense Forces, distributed emergency water supplies and long queues formed at gas stations and supermarkets, while people stocked up fearing new tremors.

Some 22,000 rescuers, including troops called by the Self-Defense Forces, distributed emergency water supplies and long queues formed at gas stations and supermarkets, while people stocked up fearing new tremors.

Some 22,000 rescuers, including troops called by the Self-Defense Forces, distributed emergency water supplies and long queues formed at gas stations and supermarkets, while people stocked up fearing new tremors.

Some 22,000 rescuers, including troops called by the Self-Defense Forces, distributed emergency water supplies and long queues formed at gas stations and supermarkets, while people stocked up fearing new tremors.

Considering the strength of the earthquake, the number of victims was relatively low, and most of the victims come from the landslide in Atsuma.

Considering the strength of the earthquake, the number of victims was relatively low, and most of the victims come from the landslide in Atsuma.

Considering the strength of the earthquake, the number of victims was relatively low, and most of the victims come from the landslide in Atsuma.

Japan sits on the Ring of Fire & # 39; of the Pacific, where many of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the world are recorded

Japan sits on the Ring of Fire & # 39; of the Pacific, where many of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the world are recorded

Japan sits on the Ring of Fire & # 39; of the Pacific, where many of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the world are recorded

Rescue teams find a missing person on the site of a landslide triggered by an earthquake in the city of Atsuma, Hokkaido, southern Japan

Rescue teams find a missing person on the site of a landslide triggered by an earthquake in the city of Atsuma, Hokkaido, southern Japan

Rescue teams find a missing person on the site of a landslide triggered by an earthquake in the city of Atsuma, Hokkaido, southern Japan

"Please give your sympathy to people who spent a dark night in fear, and do everything possible to restore electricity as soon as possible," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a cabinet meeting to discuss the earthquake.

The earthquake, which peaked on a Japanese scale that measures the power of an earthquake tremor, also collapsed a handful of houses and walls in the main city of Sapporo.

However, considering the strength of the earthquake, the death toll was relatively low, and most of the victims come from the landslide in Atsuma.

The transport services were once again in line with the bullet trains that resumed operations on Friday morning and the main Sapporo airport operated a partial service after canceling all flights the previous day.

But a friendly soccer match between Japan and Chile in Sapporo planned on Friday was ruled out due to the chaos in transport and power in Hokkaido.

The earthquake was the latest in a series of natural disasters that hit the country.

Passengers line up to check in at Chitose Airport after it was reopened this morning. It closed after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido, in Japan.

Passengers line up to check in at Chitose Airport after it was reopened this morning. It closed after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido, in Japan.

Passengers line up to check in at Chitose Airport after it was reopened this morning. It closed after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido, in Japan.

A rescue dog from the Air Self-Defense Force searches for missing persons in a house destroyed by a large landslide caused by the powerful earthquake

A rescue dog from the Air Self-Defense Force searches for missing persons in a house destroyed by a large landslide caused by the powerful earthquake

A rescue dog from the Air Self-Defense Force searches for missing persons in a house destroyed by a large landslide caused by the powerful earthquake

A resident walks through damaged houses in Kiyota on the outskirts of the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, in northern Japan. The street was contorted by the power of the earthquake

A resident walks through damaged houses in Kiyota on the outskirts of the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, in northern Japan. The street was contorted by the power of the earthquake

A resident walks through damaged houses in Kiyota on the outskirts of the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, in northern Japan. The street was contorted by the power of the earthquake

Staff from the Self-Defense Force on land in Japan move through the rubble as they search for survivors at the site of a landslide in the city of Atsuma

Staff from the Self-Defense Force on land in Japan move through the rubble as they search for survivors at the site of a landslide in the city of Atsuma

Staff from the Self-Defense Force on land in Japan move through the rubble as they search for survivors at the site of a landslide in the city of Atsuma

The western parts of the country are still recovering from the most powerful typhoon that hit Japan in a quarter of a century, which claimed 11 lives and closed the main regional airport.

And officials warned of the danger of new tremors.

"Large earthquakes often occur, especially within two or three days (of a large one)," said Toshiyuki Matsumori, who is in charge of monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis at the meteorological agency.

The risk of landslides and landslides in the home has increased, he said, urging residents to pay full attention to seismic activity and rain and not enter dangerous areas.

Japan sits on the Ring of Fire & # 39; of the Pacific, where many of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of the world are recorded.

In June, a deadly tremor shook the Osaka region, killing five people and wounding more than 350.

On March 11, 2011, a devastating earthquake of 9.0 magnitude shook the Pacific Ocean and the resulting tsunami caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives.

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