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The earthquake on Sept. 6 caused multiple landslides in the town of Atsuma, southeast of Hokkaido's largest city Sapporo.    © Jiji

Hokkaido earthquake: In pictures

Death toll rises to 44, with 660 injured; power restored, but concern about blackouts remains

The earthquake caused multiple landslides in the town of Atsuma, southeast of Hokkaido's largest city of Sapporo.


DAY 9 (Sept. 14)

The Supre Aozora express train resumed services eight days after the earthquake.   © Kyodo

The Supre Aozora express train resumed services eight days after the earthquake.


DAY 8 (Sept. 13)

(Photo by Takuya Imai)

Flowers were left on the desk of Nobuyuki Nakagawa, one of the victims of the earthquake, at Atsuma town hall. (Photo by Takuya Imai)


DAY 7 (Sept. 12)

 (Photo by Takuya Imai)

Ticket counters are mostly deserted at New Chitose Airport on Sept. 12. The airport was closed after the earthquake on Sept. 6, but reopened the next morning for domestic flights and the following day for international flights.


DAY 6 (Sept. 11)

  © Kyodo

People line up at a food distribution station organized by Self-Defense Forces personnel in Mukawa, near Atsuma.


DAY 5 (Sept. 10)

(Photo by Konosuke Urata)

A supermarket in Sapporo operates with half its lights turned off. Retailers are reducing lighting in response to a government request for businesses to limit their power consumption.


DAY 4 (Sept. 9)

(Photo by Konosuke Urata)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tours a devastated area in Atsuma.


(Photo by Konosuke Urata)

SDF soldiers conduct recovery work in Atsuma.


DAY 3 (Sept. 8)

  © Jiji

Boys enjoy a temporary bathtub set up in Atsuma.


(Photo by Konosuke Urata)

Rescue workers in Atsuma search for survivors at night as they rush to find the remaining missing people. Day 3 marked the critical 72-hour limit for victims' survival. 


  © Jiji

Hideki Kuriyama, center, manager of the Hokkaido pro baseball team the Nippon Ham Fighters, works with members of the Rakuten Eagles baseball team to collect donations in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. 


DAY 1 (Sept. 6)

  © Jiji

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. on Thursday, causing widespread damage to roads in Sapporo.


(Photo by Maho Obata)

Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide in Atsuma.


(Photo by Tomohide Yamaguchi)

Traffic lights failed in Sapporo after the earthquake caused power outages across the region.


  © Kyodo

The earthquake triggered multiple landslides in Atsuma. These photos show the scene after the quake, top, and the same location before.


  © Jiji

People wait in line to stock up on supplies at a shopping mall in Sapporo.


  © Kyodo

Tomari Nuclear Power Plant, on the Japan Sea coast near Sapporo, temporarily lost external power, but emergency generators supplied enough electricity to keep the nuclear fuel cool.


  © Kyodo

SDF soldiers clear debris from damaged houses in Atsuma.


  © Kyodo

Staff walk along a flooded hallway at Sapporo's New Chitose Airport. The terminal was closed Thursday and all flights were canceled.


  © Kyodo

People line up at a ticket counter at Asahikawa Airport in central Hokkaido.

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