The following is a statement from Town of Stony Plain Mayor William Choy in support of Stony Plain’s twin Town Shikaoi following the Hokkaido, Japan Earthquake:
"We are once again reminded of how precious life can be following Thursday's earthquake in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of those lost and still missing in this natural disaster.
Thursday's tragedy is weighing on the minds of many Stony Plain families today as it is mine. Stony Plain has a personal connection to Shikaoi, Japan, which is two and a half hours from where some of the hardest hit communities are. Stony Plain has been twinned with Shikaoi for over 30 years.
Our Administration has reached out to Shikaoi Staff and has learned they are without power as a result of the earthquake. The power in surrounding communities has been restored; Shikaoi’s power should follow shortly. Water and gas services were not impacted by the quake. The Town of Shikaoi brought in a generator to maintain Town Office operations to support the community and work through the power outage. The schools in Shikaoi were closed as a result of the power outage and will be reopened once the power is restored. The shock waves of the quake resulted in a level 4 magnitude quake felt in Shikaoi.
The Town of Stony plain continues to be in close contact with the Town of Shikaoi and is receiving updates as they come available. Shikaoi is an extension of our community as many of us have developed close friendships with many in Shikaoi. We will continue to send safe thoughts and support them as we are able as Shikaoi and Japan deals with a year of devastation.”
- On September 6, 2018 a magnitude 6.7 earthquakes struck 70 miles south of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, at approximately 3:07 a.m. and was followed by a magnitude 5.3 quake less than 20 minutes later.
- Buildings and roads were damaged in Sapporo and 150 people have been reported injured as a result.
- Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido, Shikaoi is 3 hours southeast of Sapporo.
- The epicenter of the quake was Atsuma, a smaller community, just two and a half hours from Shikaoi.
- As of this morning, nine people have been confirmed dead, while another nine are reported to be in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest, a term used before death is confirmed. 24 Atsuma residents are still missing.
- Bullet train and flight service was disrupted as a result of the quake. Services are returning closer to normal each day.
- More than 5,000 people have spent the night in evacuation centres and over 22,000 rescue workers have been working through the night searching for survivors.
- Homes were buried by landslides caused by the quake.
- Close to 3 million homes were without power. Power has been restored to 1.4 million homes.
- Japan’s main island has been hit with several weather events in 2018. The pre-dawn magnitude 6.7 quake follows a number of natural disasters over the last two months. The country has been devastated by typhoons, floods, and a record-breaking heat wave. In July heavy rainfalls killed more than 200 people and caused extensive damage to several communities. Officials are now concerned about forecasted rains causing further landslides.