Slides after quake strand 50 at spa


Around 50 people remained isolated Tuesday in the mountainous hot spring resort of Okukinu in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, due to landslides after the strong quake the day before, local officials said.

No health problems have been reported regarding the people who were cut off, including 33 guests at four inns, the officials said.

A 24-year-old female employee of the Teshirosawa inn said there are sufficient food stocks and the guests have been calm.

The Nikko Municipal Government planned to remove all snow, trees and dirt on roads leading to the resort by the end of Tuesday.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.2 or upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7, jolted Tochigi Prefecture and its vicinity at around 4:23 p.m. Monday.