Earthquake and Tsunami in Onagawa & Ishinomaki, Japan
March 11, 2011
A devasting earthquake struck the Tohoku area of Japan on March 11, 2011, at 2:46 pm. Several huge tsunami hit the Pacific coast of Japan soon after. I am an elementary school teacher in the town of Onagawa, located on the coast in Miyagi Prefecture. It is almost as close to the epicenter of the earthquake you can get to and still be on land. Having experienced the earthquake and seen the tsunami with my own eyes, I decided to document as much as I can while picking up the pieces of my own life and continuing my job in Onagawa. I've started this site to share my experiences, and the news of Onagawa, and the city of Ishinomaki, where I lived until the tsunami destroyed my apartment building.
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Total 15,887 2,615 6,150
Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Number of Casualties
Other figures from the NPA:
128,808 houses completely destroyed
(earthquake and/or tsunami)
**houses where the tsunami reached
the ceiling of the first floor were
classified as "completely destroyed"
269,871 houses partially destroyed
**this generally refers to tsunami
damage that did not reach the
ceiling of the first floor
297 houses burned
3,352 houses where the tsunami waters
covered the first floor
17,459 houses that suffered water damage
that did not cover the first floor
740,185 houses partially damaged
orphaned (under age 18)
4,000 (app) children lost one or both parents
320,000+ Evacuees living in temporary housing or in other locations on a temporary basis.