Travel Alert September 2018: Earthquake in Japan

At least 44 fatalities were reported; a minimum of 660 people were injured; and others are reported missing as a result of a major earthquake which rocked the Hokkaido area of Japan at 3:07:58 in the morning on Thursday, September 6, 2018 and measured on the Richter scale as a magnitude of 6.6.

Travel Alert September 2018: Earthquake in Japan

The earthquake occurred approximately 27 kilometers — or almost 16.78 miles — east of Tomakomai in Japan, which resulted in landslides.

According to the official Facebook Internet web site of Shinzō Abe — who is the current prime minister of Japan:

There are many people in the disaster-stricken areas of Hokkaido who are now living difficult lives in evacuation shelters. Again today I received various requests, including about supplying fuel, restoring the water supply, ensuring the supply of electricity, and providing all possible financial assistance. We will respond to these requests one and then another. Just now I convened a meeting of relevant ministers and I instructed everyone to further enhance their hands-on approaches and make all-out efforts to assist the disaster victims. We will do everything in our power as we stay mindful of the needs of the disaster victims now having an uneasy time. We will do our very best to rebuild people’s daily lives at the earliest possible time.

Other reports via Twitter document some of the damage:

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the Hokkaido area or elsewhere in the region over the next few days, expect possible delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to these earthquakes which may adversely affect your travel plans — especially due to aftershocks.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of the affected areas, watch out for traffic problems due to crumbled infrastructure — some bridges and highways were closed as a precautionary measure — although travel by train seems to be unaffected.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the earthquake:


Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Hokkaido area.

Source: The United States Geological Survey.

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