A week after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan

The 4th worst earthquake (magnitude 9.0) along with tsunami hit eastern prefectures in Japan facing the Pacific Ocean (Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Chiba, etc.) on March 11, 2011. And also the nuke crisis occurred.

A week has passed after the disaster and accident which have forced the local residents to evacuate to other locations else, enduring the hard life without food, water, heat, even medicine, etc.

The following data as of March 18 shows how severe the result of the disaster was.

- 6,911 persons lost life, more than the deaths by the Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.
- Whereabouts of more than 18,994 persons are unknown.
- 403,975 persons evacuated to the shelter. Out of them 15,000 moved out of their local prefecture to live in a safer place.
- Aftershocks with more than 5.0 magnitude occurred 265 times until March 18 morning.
- The area hit by the tsunami was about 400km square.
- 16,148 persons are isolated from the surroundings due to lack of telecommunications as the tsunami shattered almost all the roads.
- The land in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures moved east by 4 meters at most. Part of the land was sunk about 70 centimeters because of the tsunami.

Source: Asahi Shimbun (2011/3/18)

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