Earthquake and Tsunami in Onagawa & Ishinomaki, Japan
March 11, 2011
2:46 pm​
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           15,883        2,643         6,150

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Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
​Number of Casualties
       Injured

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111
213
4,148
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182
117
712
133
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258
138
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Current as of January 10, 2014.
Source: ​National Police Agency of Japan​​
東日本大震災
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"
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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
               (earthquake damage)​ ​



205​  children orphaned (under age 18)
4,000 (app) children lost one or both parents​​

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​​320,000+  Evacuees living in temporary housing or in other locations on a temporary basis.

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