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Death toll exceeds Great Hanshin Earthquake

The death toll one week after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck exceeded the figure for the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.
Officials of the National Police Agency have confirmed 7,197 deaths as of 11 a.m. Saturday, surpassing the 6,434 deaths in the 1995 earthquake that devastated Kobe in western Japan.
(Tsunami & Fire due to Tohoku Earthquake)

The Great East Japan Earthquake is now the deadliest natural disaster in postwar Japan.
The number of casualties is expected to increase because the whereabouts of nearly 19,000 people are still unknown, according to figures compiled by The Asahi Shimbun.
The casualty figure was compiled by the National Police Agency based on reports submitted by prefectural police departments.

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Twelve prefectures reported deaths, a large majority from the tsunami that caused major damage to the Sanriku coast area.
Miyagi Prefecture reported the most deaths at 4,289, followed by Iwate Prefecture with 2,223 and Fukushima Prefecture with 619.
The casualty figure does not include those who died at evacuation centers or medical facilities where senior citizens and other victims were transported to.

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The number of missing is also fluid. Although police have received reports of about 10,000 people missing in six prefectures, contact has not been made with about 9,000 others in such municipalities as Minami-Sanriku in Miyagi Prefecture.
Large numbers of people have been isolated by the disaster.
As of Wednesday, about 10,000 people in Iwate Prefecture, about 6,050 people in Miyagi Prefecture and 98 people in Fukushima Prefecture were cut off from the rest of society, according to figures compiled by prefectural police departments.
(Tsunami due to Tohoku Earthquake)

In other areas, the actual situation is unknown due to damage to communications systems.
About 400,000 people are staying at evacuation centers. Municipalities around Japan are preparing public housing for those who want to flee the quake-stricken region.
Construction of temporary housing will begin Saturday in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, with plans calling for the completion of 200 units by the end of March.
(Fire broke out after Tsunami)

Officials of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism have asked housing companies to provide 30,000 temporary housing units in two months.
The prefectural governments of Hyogo and Osaka, which were hit by the Great Hanshin Earthquake, plan to dispatch employees with expertise in construction to the quake-hit areas.
The Great East Japan Earthquake was the fourth largest in the world since 1900.
(Seaside after Tsunami)

In terms of strength, the U.S. Geological Survey placed the magnitude-9.0 earthquake just behind the 2004 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.
The scale of the Great East Japan Earthquake was about 45 times that of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and about 1,450 times that of the Great Hanshin Earthquake.
Last week's earthquake occurred along the boundary where the Pacific Plate is subducted under the inland plate. A massive fault measuring about 500 kilometers in a north-south direction and about 200 km in an east-west direction moved a maximum of 20 meters along the ocean floor off the coast of an area ranging from Iwate Prefecture to Ibaraki Prefecture. ...

By TS on Mar 21, 2011
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