A video shot by a drone shows a mountainside razed by the powerful earthquake on Sept. 6 and mud that engulfed homes and rice paddies in Atsuma, Hokkaido, on Sept. 8. (Video by Shigetaka Kodama and Kazuhiro Nagashima)

The death toll from the powerful temblor in Hokkaido rose to 37 on Sept. 9 while another victim had no vital signs and two others remain missing, according to the Hokkaido prefectural government.

Most of the deaths from the Sept. 6 quake occurred in the town of Atsuma, while the death of one person was reported in Mukawa, Shinhidaka, Tomakomai and Sapporo, each.

In Atsuma, many victims died in quake-triggered landslides that engulfed their homes while they were inside. The victims there ranged in age from 16 to 95.

In the town’s Yoshino district, more than half the inhabitants were killed or missing.

The latest count showed that 60 homes and buildings were either destroyed or partially damaged in the quake, which measured the maximum 7 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale.

In Sapporo, the municipal government said many structures suffered damage and the exact number has yet to be determined.

As of 10 p.m. on Sept. 8, 4,058 people were staying at makeshift evacuation shelters set up at 230 locations.

But staying in crowded evacuation centers with little room to move around poses risks of developing potentially fatal blood clots, commonly known as economy-class syndrome, as well as mental stress due to a lack of privacy, according to experts.

Those who are staying in their vehicles are urged to exercise to prevent blood clots and obtain adequate supplies of water and food.

The Hokkaido prefectural government on Sept. 8 began accepting applications for public housing from victims whose homes were damaged as part of efforts to accelerate the rebuilding of their lives.