Death toll from Hokkaido quake rises to 44 as search operations called off

11 September 2018

The death toll from the powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck northern Japan's Hokkaido last week rose to 44 on Monday, the government said. Thousands still displaced as aftershocks continued to rumble and power supplies remained unstable.

According to the local police and prefectural officials, the body of a 77-year-old man who was previously unaccounted for was found on Monday morning in the town of Atsuma at the site of a deadly landslide. Two other bodies were found at the same site on Sunday, officials reported. The majority of the fatalities in Atsuma left 36 people dead. The earthquake caused serious damage to the infrastructure of Atsuma. More than 650 people were injured in the quake which hit Hokkaido early Thursday.