At least 7 people were left dead as a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Japan. 30 were missing an more than 150 injured on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday morning. the earthquake also lead to crumpled roads, triggered landslides that knocked over houses, and destroyed power systems. 4,000 defense force soldiers have been searching for survivors and are also working to restore and repair the electricity. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the defense force may eventually deploy up to 25,000 troops if needed.
The worst destruction happen in occurred in Sapporo, a city which has a population of 1.9 million people and is the capital of Hokkaido. Asthma a small town was also hit by the landslides, this caused the death of 4 people. rescuers are still digging through soil, rocks and wreckage to locate survivors.
According to the Hokkaido Electric Power company, almost 3 million households lost electricity after a main power station ceased operating. Though some residents had their power back within hours after the quake, it could take more than a week to fully restore service to the island because of damage to the generators. it was also stated that the Hokkaido Tomari nuclear plant was also relying on emergency generators for 10 hours, which created a lot of tension on the island.
Over the last few months Japan has undergone through a series of natural disasters. In July, 200 people died due to landslides and flooding. in the same month 65 people were killed and 22,000 were hospitalized.