No Filipino casualty after 6.7-magnitude quake jolts Hokkaido: envoy


Posted at Sep 06 2018 08:06 PM | Updated as of Sep 06 2018 08:58 PM

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MANILA - No Filipino was hurt in the 6.7-magnitude quake that hit the town of Hokkaido, the Philippine ambassador to Japan said Thursday.

At least 19 people were missing and 120 people were injured after the incident, according to reports, and Ambassador Jose Laurel V said no Filipino was hurt.

Some 26 Filipino shop managers from the Toyota dealership incentive trip are billeted at a hotel in Hokkaido and can't go out because electricity has been cut in the area "for purposes of assuring the safety of the people there," Laurel told ANC's The Bureau.

Laurel said he has not received any dire calls from members of families looking for Filipinos who may be affected by the quake.

"I am quite sure they are prepared because Japanese are really prepared for these natural disasters," he said, adding that the airport in Sapporo is likely to be opened within a week.

The DFA, in earlier statements, said those affected by the earthquake may contact the Philippine Embassy in Japan at +8180 4928 7979. 

Relatives of Filipinos in Hokkaido may, meanwhile, contact the DFA's Office of Migrant Workers Affairs at (+632) 834-4996 and during office hours or the DFA Action Center through (+632) 834-3333 or (+632) 834-4997 after office hours.