(Hokkaido quake) Power restored to homes

World | 7 Sep 2018 11:50 am

Hokkaido Electric Power Company says that as of 8:30 am local time today, electricity has been restored to more than 1.3 million houses in the areas that were hit by a strong earthquake.

Power is now back on in more than 40 percent of the houses in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido.

The quake caused a complete black out in the prefecture early yesterday. About 2.95 million households across Hokkaido were left without power.

Some thermal and hydroelectric power plants have been brought back online. As of 8:30 AM on Friday, about 1.9 million kilowatts of electricity were being supplied. The prefecture is also receiving supplies of power from the main island of Honshu.

Power has now been restored to around 1,366,000 houses. That figure represents more than 40 percent of the houses in Hokkaido.

The utility company expects the supply of electricity to reach a maximum of 3 million kilowatts today, after more thermal power plants are brought back online.

However, this will only amount to 80 percent of Wednesday's peak-time electricity consumption, which stood at 3.8 million kilowatts.

Hokkaido Electric Power is calling on people to try to save electricity, even after power has been restored in their houses.

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