11 march 2011 Northern Japan 9.0 Earthquake New facts & photos updated

 

Key facts of this magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan on the 11th of ...

 

  1. It is the largest in Japan, since seismology records began in 1900
  2. It is the sixth largest earthquake to occur in the world
  3. The last equivalent-sized earthquake was on 13 July 869; a return period of about 1000 years, confirmed by geological investigations
  4. It is 8000 times bigger than the recent Christchurch earthquake
  5. The largest earthquake in the world was in Chile in 1960, magnitude 9.5, which was eight times bigger than today's earthquake

 11 March 2011: Magnitude 9.0 quake in Northern Japan

 

The latest news and Key Statistics

 

  1. More than 1,800 people have been confirmed dead - including 200 people whose bodies were found Sunday along the coast - and more than 1,400 were missing in Friday's disasters. Another 1,900 were injured.
  2. Police in Miyagi prefecture say 10,000 people are likely dead in their area alone. Miyagi, with a population of 2.3 million, was one of the hardest hit areas.
  3. The government has sent 100,000 troops to spearhead the aid effort. It has sent 120,000 blankets, 120,000 bottles of water and 110,000 litres of petrol plus food to the affected areas. However electricity would take days to restore.
  4. At least 1.4 million households had gone without water since the quake struck and some 1.9 million households were without electricity. One reason for the loss of power is the damage to at least three nuclear reactors, two of them at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.
  5. Operators dumped seawater into the two reactors in a last-ditch attempt to cool their super-heated containers that faced possible meltdown. If that happens, they could release radioactive material in the air. On Monday the 14th of March, the containment building of the second reactor exploded, just as the first one had on Saturday the 12th. People within a 20-kilometre radius were ordered to stay inside homes following the blast. AP journalists felt the explosion 40 kilometre away. More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area in recent days, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation after the first blast.
  6. Japan's central bank has injected 7 trillion yen (US$85.5 billion) into money markets today to stem worries about the world's third-largest economy.
  7. Preliminary estimates put repair costs from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Friday in the tens of billions of dollars - a huge blow for an already fragile economy that lost its place as the world's No. 2 to China last year.
  8. In the town of Minamisanrikucho, 10,000 people - nearly two-thirds of the population - have not been heard from since the tsunami wiped it out, a government spokesman said.
  9. About a third of the town of Soma was wiped out, with several hundred homes washed away. Three districts of town on the shoreline are now covered in rubble, overturned cars and trucks and waist-high, dirty green water.
  10. The pulverized coast has been hit by more than 150 aftershocks since Friday, the latest one a 6.2 magnitude quake that was followed by a new tsunami scare on Monday. Abandoning their search operations, soldiers told residents of the devastated shoreline in Soma, the worst hit town in Fukushima prefecture, to run to higher ground.

 

 

 

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A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa estuary in Iwate Prefecture after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the area March 11, 2011

 

 

Smoke rises in the distance behind destroyed houses in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 12, 2011.

 

A car sits on top of a small building in a destroyed neighborhood in Sendai, Japan, on Sunday, March 13, 2011 after it was washed into the area by the tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.

 

A victim's hand sticks out among the rubble after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Rikuzentakata, northern Japan March 13, 2011

 

Cargo containers strewn about by the recent tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011

 

A damaged train off its tracks after an earthquake and tsunami in Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture March 12, 2011

 

A man looks at messages left by survivors at an evacuation center in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 12, 2011

 

A survivor cries at a shelter in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture in northeast Japan March 13, 2011 after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck the area.

 

Oil leaked from a Nippon Petroleum Refining Co. oil factory float at Shiogama bay, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, a day after one of Japan's strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit the country's east coast

 

Police officers wearing respirators guide people to evacuate away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following an evacuation order for residents who live in within a 10 km (6.3 miles) radius from the plant after an explosion in Tomioka Town in Fukushima Prefecture March 12, 2011. Japanese authorities battling to contain rising pressure in nuclear reactors damaged by a massive earthquake were forced to release radioactive steam from one plant on March 12, 2011 after evacuating tens of thousands of residents from the area. Tokyo Electric Power Co also said fuel may have been damaged by falling water levels at the Daiichi facility, one of its two nuclear power plants in Fukushima, some 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

 

People evacuate with small boats down a road flooded by the tsunami waves in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011 a day after massive quake and tsunami hit the region

 

 

A person walks past an overturned squid-fishing boat tossed onto land by a tsunami in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, in northern Japan, March 13, 2011

 

 

A light aircraft and vehicles swept by the tsunami are seen in Natori city, Miyagi prefecture March 12, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ships and boats are washed ashore in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefectur, Japan Friday March 11, 2011 following a masive earth quake

 

 

 

 

A building swept under a bridge following a tsunami and earthquake is seen in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011

 

 

 

Gridlock in Tokyo as residents try to get to loved ones or leave the city. Picture: Alfie Goodrich

 

 

Residents walk between grid locked vehicles on their way home among chaotic traffic in central Tokyo, after the earthquake off the coast of northern Japan (PIcture: REUTERS)

 

 

A man looks for supplies in a store in Tokyo that has almost sold out of food and drink as people are unable to return home after an earthquake (Picture: REUTERS)

 

In this image made off Japan's NHK TV video footage, houses are washed away by tsunami in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture (state) eastern Japan, after Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/NHK TV)

In this image made off Japan's NHK TV video footage, vehicles are washed away by tsunami in coastal area in eastern Japan after Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/NHK TV)

In this image taken from NHK television, Sendai Airport is flooded after an strong earthquake in Sendai, northern Japan Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/NHK)

People at a book store react in Sendai, northern Japan as an earthquake hits Friday, March 11, 2011. Japan was struck by a magnitude-8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, triggering a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that washed away cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter.

The area is flooded by tsunami in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (state) as Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011.

Black smoke rises from a burning building in Tokyo after Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

First ground photo of tsunami damage following a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan (twitpic)

 

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A road is blocked by a landslide near Iwaki City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011 - Photo by Reuters

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An office building burns in Tokyo after an earthquake March 11, 2011- Reuters

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A man sits wrapped in a blanket after he was evacuated from a building in Tokyo's financial district, after an earthquake off the coast of northern Japan, March 11, 2011 - Photos by Reuters

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Rescue workers hurry to a building following reports of injuries in Tokyo's financial district after an earthquake off the coast of northern Japan March 11, 2011 - Photo by Reuters

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A woman wears a hard hat and talks on a phone after evacuating a building in Tokyo's financial district, after an earthquake off the coast of northern Japan March 11, 2011

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Photo by Kyodo

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Photo by Kyodo

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People freeze as part of the ceiling collapses at a bookstore in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, as a powerful earthquake struck the area on March 11, 2011. (Kyodo)

Date 11 March 2011
Origin time 05:46 23.0s UTC
Lat/Lon 38.322° North / 142.369° East
Depth 24.4 km
Magnitude 8.9 Mw
Locality approx 100 km from the east coast of Japan, approx 373 km north-east of Tokyo
An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan's northeastern Honshu island and a huge tsunami warning was issued

 

Natural gas storage tanks burn at a facility in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo

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Photo by AFP


 Incredible photo of explosion at steel refinery in Chiba 

Quake strikes Japan

Debris fall from buildings in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11, 2011, after a powerful earthquake hit Japan. (Kyodo)

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Debris fall from buildings in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on March 11, 2011, after a powerful earthquake hit Japan. (Kyodo)

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People walk on an elevated track in Tokyo as the Yurikamome transit system shut down following a powerful earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011. (Kyodo)

People amid quake in Japan

A man seeks shelter under a desk at a bookstore in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, while a powerful earthquake was jolting the area on March 11, 2011. (Kyodo)

 

Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture after a massive earthquake
Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture after a massive earthquake
An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture
An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture

Cars and other debris swept away by tsunami tidal waves are seen in Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan (Picture: AP)

Dan Okimoto, along with thousands of other Oahu residents are evacuated to higher ground due to the tsunami warning for the state of Hawaii (Picture: AP)

Tsunami waves hit residences after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi prefecture (Picture: AP)

Houses swept out to sea burn following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan


Tsunami waves swirl near a port in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture


Tsunami waves swirl near a port in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan's northeastern Honshu island and a huge tsunami warning was issued


Smouldering houses are swept away by the tsunami near Sendai Airport in Japan

Light planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept by a tsumani that struck Sendai airport

Light planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept by a tsumani that struck Sendai airport

Tsunami tidal waves are seen moving upstream (left side) in the Naka river at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture

Tsunami tidal waves are seen moving upstream (left side) in the Naka river at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture

People evacuated to a rooftop of a building look at other buildings damaged by tsunami tidal waves at a port in Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan

People evacuated to a rooftop of a building look at other buildings damaged by tsunami tidal waves at a port in Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan

Evacuated employees are pictured near toppled tanks at a brewery in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan

Evacuated employees are pictured near toppled tanks at a brewery in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan

Residents walk through the rubble of houses that collapsed in a powerful earthquake in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture

Residents walk through the rubble of houses that collapsed in a powerful earthquake in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture

A truck is stuck in a cracked road after a powerful earthquake in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture

A truck is stuck in a cracked road after a powerful earthquake in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture

Injured people are attended to by emergency personnel in Tokyo

Cars and debris are carried through the streets of Kesennuma

Cars and debris are carried through the streets of Kesennuma

The oncoming tsunami strikes the coast in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan

The oncoming tsunami strikes the coast in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan

Houses are damaged by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Ibaraki city, Ibaraki Prefecture

Houses are damaged by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Ibaraki city, Ibaraki Prefecture

Earthquake-triggered tsumani waves sweep the shore along Iwanuma in northern Japan

Earthquake-triggered tsumani waves sweep the shore along Iwanuma in northern Japan

A closer look at the earthquake-induced tsumani waves sweeping into shore in Iwanuma

A closer look at the earthquake-induced tsumani waves sweeping into shore in Iwanuma

Houses are swept away by a tsunami in Natori

Houses are swept away by a tsunami in Natori

A tsumani triggered by the powerful earthquake sweeps through Sendai airport in northern Japan

A tsunami triggered by the powerful earthquake sweeps through Sendai airport in northern Japan

Buildings burn after the earthquake near Sendai Airport

Buildings burn after the earthquake near Sendai Airport in Japan

Houses lie flattened in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, after a massive earthquake

Houses lie flattened in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, after a massive earthquake

Residents look at a damaged house and road in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture

Residents look at a damaged house and road in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture

People look at a factory building that collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture

People look at a factory building that collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture

A worker inspects a caved-in section of the Joban Motorway near Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture

A worker inspects a caved-in section of the Joban Motorway near Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture

Japanese police direct traffic on a highway destroyed during the earthquake in Fukushima prefecture

Japanese police direct traffic on a highway destroyed during the earthquake in Fukushima prefecture

Vehicles are seen on a damaged road at a carpark in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture

Vehicles are seen on a damaged road at a carpark in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture

 

 

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Comment by Jorge on March 14, 2011 at 6:30pm
It's becoming very clear that we must elaborate our plan, those of us who still haven't made it. What to do immediately after a disaster strikes our area, and what kind of disaster is likely to hit, as Nancy has relayed. Get to know our area, the vulnerabilities and possible nearest safe areas. If the events preceding the pole shift are not in a linear fashion, then the ride before it will be tough. A clear mind and a stable heart will be needed in the years to come.
Comment by Kayla on March 14, 2011 at 5:14pm
there are no words for this. absolutely heart breaking.
Comment by Damian Kyne on March 14, 2011 at 10:18am

What a devastating imagery, lets send our love, prayers and support.

 

Comment by Nancy Lieder on March 12, 2011 at 12:10pm

For the USGS to admit a 9, it was huge. The normally downgrade at least a magnitude point.

This is a good preview of what the pole shift will bring, magnitude 9 worldwide.

Comment by michael du toit on March 12, 2011 at 10:20am
I was such a shock to my system. Followed it live on news channels. Only went to work round 11am on friday. Could not concertrate at all and upset. My thoughts are going out to Japan. God bless.
Comment by Mike Otway on March 12, 2011 at 9:35am
Yes it is Henry Styk or Stick or ?.  Are you bored? 88,000 and counting not quite worth tearing yourself away fom the XBox? What's the German word for insensitive?
Comment by michael du toit on March 12, 2011 at 8:13am

I notice LISS Last Update Fri Mar 11 15:21:33 MST 2011. What's the deal?

Comment by Alison on March 11, 2011 at 9:23pm
All the smaller cracks in the earth in Pakistan, Michigan, Indonesia, Africa, the bubbling ooze in India, and now wham a great release of energy... What is next? It sounds like we may see more significant sinking of the Indonesian islands very soon.
Comment by Alison on March 11, 2011 at 9:20pm

Amazing how many times quakes are "Point 9"-like 5.9, 6.9, 7.9.  Like gas prices $ 2.99.  Wonder if the quake really was over 8?

 

That is a very good question, Rich....I also wonder if this were stronger since the Japanese people have done much to prepare for such an earthquake. We will know in the coming days if the damage indicates something stronger.

Comment by Hante on March 11, 2011 at 8:38pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110311/wl_nm/us_japan_quake_niigata

magnitude 6.6 in NW Japan.

Blessings to the Japanese people.

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