Singaporean living in Hokkaido recounts terrifying ordeal during quake
Singaporean in Sapporo recounts 6.7 magnitude earthquake ordeal
It was around 3am local time and Ms Adeline Ang was about to turn in when everything around her started to shake.
Her cats ran for cover and the lights went out, and all the terrified Singaporean could do was to make herself as small as possible.
Ms Ang, who runs a restaurant in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, was among millions affected when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the Japanese island yesterday morning.
Recounting the ordeal yesterday, the 27-year-old told The New Paper that the entire incident was a blur.
"I was confused, scared, but mostly just in shock," she said.
"You hear stories all the time, but I guess nothing really prepares you for the real thing."
The quake triggered landslides that buried multiple homes in the town of Atsuma, in the south of the island.
It also caused major disruption to water and electricity supplies. At least eight deaths have been confirmed, with more than 200 injured and dozens still missing.
The quake followed Typhoon Jebi that hit Osaka - the worst storm to strike Japan in 25 years, with at least 11 dead so far.
Ms Ang, who lives with her partner in Sapporo, said: "It was the night after the typhoon struck, so we were all pretty tired.
"No one expected an earthquake right after. You'd think that Mother Nature would space it out a little."
She added that there had been 52 aftershocks since, and that convenience shops were packed with people getting emergency supplies.
"I'm so worried for the tourists here, especially those with children," she said.
"Japan's not very good with releasing information in English and Chinese, and with the network down, many people probably wouldn't know what to do."
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said there were no reports of Singaporean casualties.
Travel agencies told TNP that while some plans might be disrupted, alternative arrangements are being made.
A spokesman for Chan Brothers Travel revealed it has several groups in Hokkaido, while a JTB spokesman said it has 15 customers there.
A Dynasty Travel spokesman said it did not have any customers on the Japanese island.
Ms Ang is not taking any chances as it is monsoon season in Japan.
"We have water, but the supply is irregular," she said.
"We're prepping for evacuation now if we have to."
For more information, go to https://www1.mfa.gov.sg/Countries-Regions/J/Japan.
Those who require consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo at +81-90-3208-4122 or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at +65 6379-8800/8855.
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