Death Toll Feared to Be 1,700 and 9,500 Missing & Unaccounted for in Miyagi’s Minamisanriku

 

Our hearts and prayers go out to Japan … the Kyodo News is reporting that up to 1700 people might de dead. With the wide spread damage from pictures and videos seen of the 8.9 magnitude earth quake and subsequent tsunami, it is sadly hard to believe that the death toll will not be higher.  

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Damage caused by Friday’s catastrophic earthquake in Japan expanded Saturday, with the combined number of people who have died or are unaccounted for is feared to top 1,700, while an explosion occurred at the nuclear reactor building of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and injured four workers.

The death toll has exceeded 600 so far, a police tally showed, while 200 to 300 bodies were transferred to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. It was also reported that another 200 bodies were transferred to gymnasiums in Iwanuma and Natori, both in Miyagi, while around 650 people are missing following the 2:46 p.m. quake with a magnitude of 8.8, the strongest ever recorded in Japan.

It is also being reported that 9,500 unaccounted for in the single Japanese port town of Miyagi’s Minamisanriku.

As reported at the Guardian

  • Around 1,700 people are estimated to have been killed, according to local media reports, but that death toll is expected to rise dramatically. The official death toll now stands at 574, with 586 people declared missing and 1,105 injured.
  • Around 10,000 people are missing in the town of Minamisanrikucho in Miyagi prefecture, according to Japanese TV reports.
  • More than 215,000 people are in emergency shelters and around 50,000 rescuers have been deployed across the country.
  • At least 1.4m homes are without water and around three million are without power.


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    5 Responses to “Death Toll Feared to Be 1,700 and 9,500 Missing & Unaccounted for in Miyagi’s Minamisanriku”

    1. UNREAL, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Sees Devastating Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Disaster as an ‘Opportunity’ for Obama to Remind People He Was Born in Hawaii | Scared Monkeys on March 12th, 2011 2:38 pm

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    3. Just Bearly on March 13th, 2011 11:34 am

      The response effort in the worst affected areas of Japan, thus far, does not seem very well coordinated. There are news reports of survivors being moved to shelters where there is no electricity, food, bottled water or other supplies.

      I would donate a little to the Red Cross, although look how much contributions did for Haiti. I don’t believe that 100% of the contributions ever go to help the victims, and instead much money is misused for administration costs.

      On a more positive note, I do like what I have read that the Japanese MLB baseball players, and MLB will try to make a difference and donate directly to the relief efforts.

      As far as Obama… he always seems to jump on every press op he can where he can make himself look like a hero. Obama to the rescue….

    4. Michelle Smith on March 13th, 2011 11:39 am

      This is so horrific. My prayers go out to Japan at this time. I cannot imagine what they are going through.

      God be with them

    5. tiffany34 on March 20th, 2011 12:04 pm

      I can’t believe how bad it has gotten in Japan. Anyone who lives near a fault line should pick up some emergency supplies for the future. There are lots of sites like buyearthquakekit.com where you can pick up some basic supplies that might save your life. Thoughts and prayers to those in Japan.

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