The landslide that began in the Kokugawa district of Itakura Ward, Joetsu, in Niigata Prefecture on March 7 destroyed 11 houses and workshops by Tuesday, the Niigata prefectural government said.
The landslide, which continues to move, has grown to about 750 meters in length and 150 meters in width, it said.
The prefectural government made a makeshift three-meter-high, 240-meter-long wall out of sandbags during overnight work Monday to protect houses in the district.
The prefectural government said the landslide moved a maximum of 7.6 meters and an average of 63 centimeters per hour during the 12 hours leading up to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
There have been no reported casualties.
The Joetsu municipal government issued an evacuation order to 80 residents in 21 households.
A total of 52 people from 15 households are taking shelter at a community center and at their relatives' houses, the government said.
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