Japan Tsunami (5)

June 7, 2011

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It is almost three months since the 9.0 magnitude “Great East Japan Earthquake” struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The quake unleashed massive tsunami waves (some about 10 meters – 33 feet) that crashed into Japan’s northeastern coast of Honshu, the main island of Japan.

The result was the greatest widespread damage and destruction in modern Japanese history. Franklin Graham states, “The devastation is as bad as anything I’ve seen in my 30 years of ministry.” (Samaritan’s Purse Update, April 2011)

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The tsunami waves caused severe damage along some 400 miles of the coast and penetrated as far as 5 miles inland along Japan’s northeast. The population in these areas before the disaster was estimated to be about 15 million, of which 1.6 million lived within 3 miles of the coast. Some coastal towns were entirely obliterated. Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture, with a population of about 1 million people, was hit particularly hard.

According to the government of Japan, as of June 2 the death toll is 15,327 and 8,343 missing, coming to over 23,500 fatalities. Injured number 5,364. And 158,738 have been evacuated to shelters. The highest prefectural death toll is 8,530 in Miyagi, with another 6,000 still missing.

The tsunami also caused the cooling systems in several nuclear power stations in Fukushima Prefecture to fail. This is a grave concern, but despite what the news networks in North America would have us think, the fatalities and damage from the series of tsunami remains the major crisis story.

japanquake.ca (dale little)