Sep 06, 2018 Culture Comments Off on Taiwanese airlines cancel flights to Hokkaido due to quake
Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) Taiwanese carriers announced Thursday that flights to Hokkaido will be canceled the following day as the airport remains closed following an earthquake that rocked the area triggering landslides and cutting power to millions.
China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways, canceled all flights to New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido Thursday and have announced there will be no flights Friday.
According to the CAL website, the airport is closed due to an electricity outage.
On Thursday, CAL flight CI0130 from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TTIA) to New Chitose Airport and return flight CI0131 were canceled, while CI0134 from Kaohsiung and return flight CI0135 were also canceled, according to CAL's website.
Meanwhile, on the same day, EVA Airways canceled BR166 from TTIA and return flight BR165, while BR116 from TTIA and return flight BR115 were also canceled, EVA Airways website noted.
According to an online report by The Japan Times, the magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. Thursday.
The epicenter of the earthquake was east of the city of Tomakomai, but it was felt 68-kilometers away, in Hokkaido's capital Sapporo, the report said, adding that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put the death toll at nine while the Hokkaido Prefectural Government said roughly 300 people were injured.
Currently, 31 people remain unaccounted for, the report noted.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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