Remembering The Victims In Hokkaido Quake

Remembering the victims in Hokkaido quake

People in Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido are remembering the victims of a powerful earthquake that struck one year ago. Forty-four people died as a result of the quake and hundreds still remain in temporary housing.

Officials in Atsuma, the town hit hardest by the quake, paused at noon for a moment of silence.

The magnitude 6.7 quake hit a year ago early in the morning, cutting off power for millions of households.

Throughout the prefecture, buildings collapsed and roads cracked and buckled.

Most of the victims were here, where landslides off the mountainous slopes wiped out homes.

Now, many people are visiting to leave flowers and offer their prayers.

A man in his 50s said," I'm praying for the people of Atsuma town to be able to return to their normal lives as soon as possible."

A woman said, "I prayed for the victims' souls to rest peacefully and for there to be no more disasters."