The Earthquake in Sapporo, Japan: Things to Know

What Happened?

The city of Sapporo, Japan was hit by a massive earthquake that had a magnitude of 6.7 on September 7, 2018, at around 7pm BST. The massive earthquake lasted for only around 20 seconds but had some serious consequences such as a landslide in the town of Atsuma that destroyed plenty of homes and roads. Electricity was also disrupted and the train services were canceled. A smaller earthquake that had a magnitude of 5.4 followed the main earthquake.

Was There Any Loss of Life?

There have been at least 18 people confirmed dead, including an 82-year-old man who fell down his stairs during the earthquake. In addition, 33 people have been reported missing and 120 people have been injured. Out of the 120 injured, ten were in a condition that necessitated a hospital.

Are More Disasters Predicted?

The disaster comes a few hours after the destructive Typhoon Jebi, which led to the death of 11 people and injuring 450 people, hit the region. The likelihood of another earthquake hitting Japan is relatively high as Japan sits on the dangerous Pacific Ring of Fire, which is prone to such disasters. Fortunately, the concerned authorities report that there are no earthquakes on the way immediately following this initial earthquake.

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