TRENDING Rescuers race to find survivors after Japan quake

TRENDING

Rescuers race to find survivors after Japan quake

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22:56, November 09, 2018

Rescuers raced to uncover survivors in Japan on September 7, buried under landslides after a deadly quake the day before.

It tore through the northern island of Hokkaido and sent mud plowing through homes. 

Dozens are still missing.

Around 20,000 workers searched into the morning, scouring mounds of earth and crushed houses.

Five thousand residents spent the night in evacuation centers, relying on food and water from Japan's Self-Defense Forces.

The 6.7 magnitude quake shut down one of the biggest power plants on the island, triggering the worst blackout since the 2011 tsunami.

Millions of residents are still in the dark. 

Authorities are slowly turning plants back on, but they say it may take up to a week for full power to be restored.

Flights picked up from the main airport Friday morning, but big businesses like Toyota said its local operations were suspended, indefinitely.

It's the second deadly disaster to hit Japan this week, after an already chaotic summer.

Japan has seen typhoons, flooding and a record heatwave strike in a span of months.

Officials say the government is considering additional funding for affected areas, as it grasped the full scale of damages. 

Officials say at least eight people have been confirmed dead after a powerful earthquake rattled the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on September 6.



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