12 June 2024
Terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan 6 years ago 0

Terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan 6 years ago 0

(Dan Tri) - On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a terrible tsunami, some up to 40.5 meters high, devastated a large area of the northeast coast.

(Dan Tri) – On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a terrible tsunami, some up to 40.5 meters high, devastated a large area of the northeast coast.

An aerial photo shows a tsunami hitting the city of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in waters off northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

Terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan 6 years ago

Fire erupted fiercely from houses swept out to sea by the tsunami in Natori city, Miyagi prefecture.

Terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan 6 years ago

Members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force took a boat out to rescue a man swept out to sea by a tsunami 15km offshore.

Terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan 6 years ago

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011 local time, causing a huge tsunami that spread along the Pacific coast of Japan and many other countries.

Terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan 6 years ago

A woman sits crying amid the ruins of Natori city, Miyagi prefecture after being hit by a tsunami.

Terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan 6 years ago

Japanese officials have recorded data showing that in some places the tsunami was up to 40.5 meters high (in Miyako city, Iwate province) and penetrated 10km inland.

Huge whirlpools appeared after tsunamis and earthquakes in Iwaki city, Fukushima Prefecture.

The tsunami swept away houses, cars, boats and wiped out coastal communities.

According to data from the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency cited by CNN on March 5, 2017, the double disaster left nearly 20,000 people dead and about 2,500 missing.

The tsunami also caused a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Radiation leaked from the plant after a series of fires and explosions damaged four of the six nuclear reactors, causing serious damage to the nuclear plant’s cooling system.

A restricted zone with a radius around the Fukushima I nuclear plant has been established, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

The town of Tomioka, located within a 20km radius around the Fukushima nuclear power plant, was completely evacuated and became deserted.

Photos of young children were swept away by the tsunami and were found later.

People grieve as they recover family items after their homes were destroyed by the earthquake/tsunami in Otsuchi.

The King and Queen of Japan visit and encourage people evacuated by the earthquake/tsunami at an evacuation center in Tokyo.

Members of the Tokyo Electric Power Company bow to evacuated people at a temporary shelter.

Tokyo Electric Power Company officials and reporters observe the Fukushima nuclear power plant through a bus window.

A woman pays tribute to the victims in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.

Monks pray for earthquake/tsunami victims on the Kitaizumi coast in Minamisoma city, Fukushima prefecture.

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Photo: Reuters

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