Power returning to Hokkaido, but quake exposes flaws of Japan grid

Evacuees are seen at a gymnasium of elementary school, acting as an evacuation shelter, during blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – After an earthquake knocked out power to 5.3 million people this week, Hokkaido Electric expects to restore service to most of them by the end of Friday, but experts say the island-wide outage highlights fundamental flaws in Japan’s power grid. Graphic: Earthquake in Hokkaido – https://tmsnrt.rs/2oJz6zd The blackout that hit Japan’s northern […]

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