The death toll from a powerful
Sept. 6 earthquake that jolted Hokkaido rose to 41 on Sept. 10 as the local government ended its search operations, with thousands of people still living in shelters.
The Hokkaido prefectural government and Hokkaido Electric Power Co. continue to urge local residents to limit the use of electricity as power supplies remain unstable after a massive power outage was triggered by the magnitude 6.7 earthquake.
A key thermal power plant is expected to be partially restarted around late September at the earliest.
The prefectural government said a man in his 50s was confirmed dead in Tomakomai, following the discovery of the body of a 77-yearold man who had been unaccounted for at a landslide site in the town of Atsuma. There are no more people reported missing.
Fatalities from the quake were concentrated in Atsuma, where massive landslides buried a number of homes. Across Hokkaido, about 2,700 people remained at evacuation shelters. (Kyodo)