The city that endured a deadly earthquake early Thursday morning has gone dark. A devastating magnitude 6.7 earthquake caused a fatal mudslide killing at least seven people, leaving 150 people injured, and dozens are still missing.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep everyone involved in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this tragic time. Please pray for the missing individuals that they are found alive, and for all the injured people, please pray for their recovery.
After the earthquake, rescuers rushed to several scenes; one, to unearth people from the mudslide, and two, to restore power to the area.
The powerful earthquake shook Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido leaving roads blocked, homes crumbled, and hillsides collapsed.
On Thursday, September 6 at approximately 3:08 a.m. local time the 6.7 magnitude earthquake rattled the Hokkaido island leaving residents in Sapporo shaken from their beds.
At least seven people are confirmed dead, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. At this time, according to CBS, at least 30 people have been unaccounted for.
The disastrous, 1-minute earthquake left the city in instant darkness and the quake disabled the power system. Nearly 3 million households on the island are left without electricity.
According to CNN, more than 4,000 defense force soldiers have been deployed to help aid the aftermath and rescue operations, the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. He later added that the number of defense force soldiers could rise to 25,000.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the aftershock was still continuing Thursday morning. The agency warned residents that with this information, it could pose a serious risk for the upcoming week. Buildings could collapse near the epicenter of the original earthquake.
Will you please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers?