Friday, September 7, 2018

Hokkaido Earthquake

   A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Hokkaido at approximately 3:08 am Japan Standard Time (JST).  Train lines in the area are currently suspended, and all flights at Chitose International Airport have been canceled.  No tsunami warning has been issued.  The region continues to experience aftershocks and landslides, which may continue over the coming week.  U.S. citizens should notify their friends and family that they are safe.
    Major power outages have occurred and continue across the Hokkaido prefecture. U.S. citizens in the area should monitor local news and follow directions from local officials.  At this time the American Embassy is not aware of reports of injured U.S. citizens.  Information on affected areas is available in English from the Japan Meteorological Agency:

    The City of Sapporo as well as other municipalities in Hokkaido have reported areas where water service is not functioning.  We recommend that citizens conserve water where possible.  Citizens may also wish to maintain a backup supply of water by filling bathtubs, sinks or other containers.  If citizens are without water, contact local authorities to find the locations of emergency water supply points or evacuation centers.

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