Photo/IllutrationSelf-Defense Force members work amid heavy fog in Atsuma, Hokkaido, on the morning of Sept. 11. (Nobuo Fujiwara)

A male resident in Atsuma who was the last reported missing from last week's devastating earthquake in Hokkaido was confirmed dead after being found early on Sept. 10, putting the death toll at 41, according to prefectural and town officials.

Atsuma was the hardest hit of the municipalities with a maximum seismic intensity of 7 on the Japanese scale recorded there. The quake caused massive landslides that destroyed many homes in the town. Thirty-six of the fatalities were in Atsuma.

While electricity had been restored to most of the main northern island, government officials were calling for continued energy conservation efforts and asked companies and residents to cut electricity use by 20 percent.

A total of 25 men and 16 women were killed in the quake, ranging in age from 16 to 95.

A search-and-rescue effort involving about 100 personnel continued in Atsuma due to the possibility that someone who was not reported missing may be buried in the landslides.

At a Sept. 10 news conference, Atsuma Mayor Shoichiro Miyasaka said, "We have to continue with our efforts to restore our daily lives."

More than 650 people were injured due to the quake. As of 9 p.m. on Sept. 10, 1,989 people were at evacuation centers set up in nine municipalities.

About 5,000 households in Atsuma and Abira were still without water.

Almost all public schools in Hokkaido resumed classes on Sept. 10, with less than 10 percent of all schools still closed.

The call for a 20-percent energy conservation target was due to the precarious power supply in Hokkaido. The largest thermal power plant in Atsuma was damaged by the quake and has still not returned to full operations. In response, the Sapporo city subway system reduced a number of runs and retail outlets and public facilities turned off some lights.

As of 7 p.m. on Sept. 10, although the electricity conservation rate was 15.4 percent, the central government has remained holding off implementing rolling blackouts for either Sept. 11 or 12.