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
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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
For more information please visit: 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
Fukushima: 0120-510-186 / 090-8424-4207 / 090-8424-4208