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The Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster: Latest Figures
[2011.10.14] Read in: 日本語 | 简体字 | 繁體字 |

More than sixth months on from March 11, life in the affected areas has still to return to normal. But with the passing of time, the disaster is beginning to fade from the public eye. The figures that follow serve as a grim reminder of the sheer scale of the devastation of that day.

Massive Death Toll; Thousands Still Missing

According to figures released by the National Police Agency on September 11, six months after the disaster, at least 15,782 people lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster, making this the worst natural catastrophe in Japan since World War II. Another 4,086 people are still listed as missing.

In addition, over 80,000 people are still living in evacuation centers. Among these are many who were not affected by the earthquake or tsunami directly but were forced to evacuate their homes because of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Major Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Japan

Major Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Japan (Based on data from the Japan Meteorological Agency)

Date Magnitude Name Victims Tsunami Seismic Intensity Remarks
October 28, 1891 8.0 Mino-Owari Earthquake 7,273 dead      
June 15, 1896 8.2 Meiji-Sanriku Earthquake 21,959 dead   Affected area similar to March 11 disaster
September 1, 1923 7.9 Great Kantō Earthquake Approx. 105,000 dead/missing    
March 3, 1933 8.1 Sanriku Earthquake 3,064 dead/missing 5 Affected area similar to March 11 disaster
December 7, 1944 7.9 Tōnankai Earthquake 1,223 dead/missing 6  
December 21, 1946 8.0 Nankai Megathrust Earthquake 1,330 dead 5  
May 23, 1960 9.5 Great Chilean Earthquake/Tsunami 142 dead/missing    
May 26, 1983 7.7 Sea of Japan Earthquake 104 dead 5  
July 12, 1993 7.8 Hokkaidō Nansei Oki Earthquake 202 dead; 28 missing 5  
January 17, 1995 7.3 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 6,434 dead; 3 missing 7  
October 23, 2004 6.8 Niigata Chūetsu Earthquake 64 dead; 4,865 injured   7  
March 25, 2007 6.9 Noto Peninsula Earthquake 1 dead; 356 injured Upper 6  
July 16, 2007 6.8 Chūetsu Offshore Earthquake 15 dead; 2,346 injured Upper 6  
June 14, 2008 7.2 Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake 17 dead; 6 missing; 426 injured   Upper 6  

* The Japan Meteorological Agency does not have records on seismic intensity for pre-1925 earthquakes
* Seismic intensity measuring level 1 or higher on the JMA scale was not recorded anywhere in Japan during the Great Chilean Earthquake/Tsunami

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