Steps toward normal life 1 week after Hokkaido quake
Thursday marked one week since a powerful earthquake struck Hokkaido. While the government called for cutting power consumption by 20 percent, companies have been resuming production, distribution and communications activities that were suspended due to major power outages. Yet 1,576 people were still in 36 evacuation shelters in Hokkaido as of Thursday.
Panasonic Corp., which produces electronic parts, resumed some production at its factory in Chitose on Thursday morning. The company has already restarted operations at its plant in Obihiro, but has continued efforts to save power by turning down its air-conditioning.
The earthquake took the lives of 41 people. Of them, 36 died in Atsuma, which registered the highest level on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7. When a siren blared at noon on Thursday, about 70 people, including Mayor Shoichiro Miyasaka and town government officials, closed their eyes and bowed in the direction of the town’s northern area, where many people died, to offer prayers.
LDOCEには “to make a very loud unpleasant noise” と定義されています。とても大きな音で耳障りであることがわかります。