Power, public transport recovering in Hokkaido

Power, public transport recovering in Hokkaido

Public utilities and transportation are gradually being restored in Hokkaido following widespread power outages in the wake of a strong earthquake on Thursday.

Hokkaido Electric Power Company says about half of the island's households have their power back on.

More than 38,000 are still waiting for water to be hooked up again. It's meant long lines at water stations that were set up following the quake.

Public transportation is also slowly coming back online. The island's Shinkansen bullet train service has resumed operations.

The Hokkaido Railway Company says all express trains connecting major cities in Hokkaido will remain stopped on Friday and it's unclear when other local service will start again.

But the subway and streetcars in Sapporo have resumed operations.

With many expressways still partially closed... inter-city express bus services will remain suspended. Some local buses though are running again.

Flights have resumed at New Chitose Airport after power was restored to its terminal building.

Train services to the airport from Sapporo are also coming back on line.