2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami


A massive 8.9/9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11th (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami.

On this page we are providing the information regarding the disaster and damage with realtime updates.

The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific ocean.

The 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami was a 9.0 MW megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on 11 March 2011. The epicenter was reported to be 130 kilometers (81 mi) off the east coast of the Oshika Peninsula, Tōhoku, with the hypocenter at a depth of 24.4 km (15.2 mi).

The earthquake triggered tsunami warnings and evacuations from Japan's Pacific coast and at least 20 countries, including the entire Pacific coast of North America and South America.

The earthquake created tsunami waves of up to 10 meters (33 ft) that struck Japan, with smaller waves in many other countries, with a significant surge and damage as far away as Chile, almost exactly on the opposite side of the world from Japan.

In Japan, the waves are reported to have travelled up to 10 km (6 mi) inland. The Japanese National Police Agency has officially confirmed 1353 deaths, 1743 injuries, and 1085 people missing across twelve prefectures, but estimated numbers are far higher.

The earthquake caused extensive damage in Japan, including heavy damage to roads and railways as well as fires in many areas, and a dam collapse.

Around 4.4 million households in northeastern Japan were left without electricity and 1.4 million without water. Many electrical generators were taken down, and at least two nuclear reactors partially melted down, which prompted evacuations of the affected areas, and a state of emergency was established.

The Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant experienced an explosion almost 24 hours after the initial earthquake; however, while the blast caused the collapse of the concrete outer containment building, it was reported that the integrity of the inner core-containment vessel was not compromised.

Residents within a 20 km (12 mi) radius of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant and a 10 km (6.2 mi) radius of the Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated.

The estimates of the Sendai earthquake's magnitude made it the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan and one of the four most powerful earthquakes in the world overall since modern record-keeping began in 1900.

UPDATE: The Japan earthquake has now been upgraded from the US Geological Survey from a magnitude of 8.9 to a 9.0 on Monday.
The tsunami is what has caused the most destruction and death so far in Japan.

Currently Japan is facing major issues with their nuclear power plants. There has been reports of four explosions so far. Seawater is being used to help cool the nuclear power plants as a last resort. By using seawater these nuclear power plants will no longer function in the future. Reports indicate that Japan has been able to restore some power to their reactors which may provide some hope to the situation. The latest reports indicate that the reactors have damaged fuel rods and that a partial meltdown has caused contaminated water.


Officials now say that there are nearly 10,000 confirmed deaths and this number will most likely rise since over 17,500 people are still missing. The issues Japan is having with their nuclear power plants is considered the second worst nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.


Japan Emergency Information

Local Japan Emergency dials:
171 + 1 + line phone number to leave a message
171 + 2 + line phone number to listen to the message

Phone numbers to consult about missing persons: (Japanese language)
Iwate: 0120-801-471
Miyagi: 022-221-2000
Fukushima: 0120-510-186 / 090-8424-4207 / 090-8424-4208

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