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Japan quake death toll hits 44, power supply remains short


Darkened city: An aerial view showing central Sapporo city during a blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. — Reuters

Darkened city: An aerial view showing central Sapporo city during a blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. — Reuters

TOKYO: The death toll from a powerful earthquake in northern Japan last week rose to 44, with 660 injured, the government said, as electricity supply remained short and top automaker Toyota suspended work at most of its assembly plants.

The pre-dawn, 6.7-magnitude quake on Thursday temporarily paralysed the island of Hokkaido, cutting off access by air and train and knocking out power to an island the size of Austria.

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