A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Iburi-chiho, Chutobu at 3AM local time in Hokkaido on 6 September 2018, triggering landslides, power outages and damage to buildings. Currently, New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido has been closed and all flights have been cancelled until further notice. Local transport, including buses, local trains, and bullet trains (Shinkansen) have also been suspended in several areas, and delays or service disruption are to be expected. The local authorities are working on restoring power.
As there may be aftershocks in the area following the strong earthquake, we advise Singaporeans who are either travelling to or already in Hokkaido to exercise caution, remain vigilant, and take the necessary precautions for their personal safety. You should also heed the instructions of the local authorities and closely monitor the local news. Singaporeans whose flights have been affected should check with your airlines or tour operators for up-to-date flight schedules, and may wish to consider alternative travel arrangements.
Singaporeans are encouraged to e-Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/. You are also advised to stay in touch with family and friends so that they know you are safe, purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage. Those in need of consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Tokyo or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore – Tokyo
5-12-3- Roppongi Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0032 Japan
Tel: +81-3-35869111, 81-3-35869112 / +81-90-32084122 (24 hours)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855