Sunday, March 13, 2011

688 confirmed dead in Japan's disaster



A total of 688 were confirmed dead with 642 missing and 1,570 people were hurt after the 8.9-magnitude quake that was followed by a series of tsunamis occurred in Japan on Friday.
The disaster that almost wiped out the northeast area of the mainland Honshu felt a succession of aftershocks generating waves as high as 10 meters.
Japan's national police did not yet include the more than 200 bodies found in the shoreline in the city of Sendai, the total fatalities of which will easily surpass 900, said the AFP.
Monster waves in the heavily-hit eastern coast of Honshu island destroyed over 12,250 homes and buildings.
About 60 landslides were reported and at least 2,400 houses were flooded when the tsunami struck while over 100 houses had been burned.
Government officials fear that about 160 people may have been exposed to radiation following the Fukushima nuclear power plant explosion, in a report by VOA News.
People in the heavily-hit areas including the capital city struggle to find food and water according to published reports and one of my friends in Tokyo.
Watch the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the attached YouTube video.
Details of this story here.
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