Death toll nears 40 from northern Japan earthquake

In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, a worker walks past cars half buried in mud caused by ground liquefaction after a powerful earthquake in

In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, a worker walks past cars half buried in mud caused by ground liquefaction after a powerful earthquake in

Rescuers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide triggered by Thursday's earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido, northern Japan Saturday, Sept.

Rescuers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide triggered by Thursday's earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido, northern Japan Saturday, Sept.

Landslides are seen after Thursday's earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido, northern Japan Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Japanese rescue workers and troops search

Landslides are seen after Thursday's earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido, northern Japan Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Japanese rescue workers and troops search

A boy carries a pack of water that he received at a shelter in Atsuma, Hokkaido, northern Japan Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The powerful earthquake that

A boy carries a pack of water that he received at a shelter in Atsuma, Hokkaido, northern Japan Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The powerful earthquake that

Rescuers search for missing persons at the site of a landslide triggered by Thursday's earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido, northern Japan Saturday, Sept.

Rescuers search for missing persons at the site of a landslide triggered by Thursday's earthquake in Atsuma, Hokkaido, northern Japan Saturday, Sept.

A stranded passenger lies down on the floor as he waits for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8,

A stranded passenger lies down on the floor as he waits for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8,

Stranded passengers queue up in lines to wait for their flights at Chitose airport Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The

Stranded passengers queue up in lines to wait for their flights at Chitose airport Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The

Stranded passengers wait for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The regional airport was

Stranded passengers wait for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The regional airport was

Stranded passengers wait for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The regional airport was

Stranded passengers wait for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The regional airport was

Stranded passengers wait for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The regional airport was

Stranded passengers wait for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The regional airport was

Stranded passengers wait for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan,  Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The regional airport was

Stranded passengers wait for their flights at Chitose airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. The regional airport was

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities say 37 people have been confirmed dead from a powerful earthquake that struck the northern island of Hokkaido last week.

The Hokkaido government said Sunday that two people remain missing and one other person has no vital signs. Rescue workers are using backhoes and shovels to search for the missing in a tangle of dirt and the rubble of homes left by multiple landslides in the town of Atsuma. All but four of the victims are from the community of 4,600 people.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a hard-hit area of Sapporo, the main city in Hokkaido.

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake before daybreak Thursday knocked out power and train service across Hokkaido. It took two days to restore electricity to most of the island of 5.4 million people.