Japan Earthquake & Tsunami 2011 Death Toll: Over 400
How Many People Were Killed in the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami?
In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the death toll is still being counted. Hundreds of people have been killed: up to 300 bodies have been found in the port city of Sendai alone in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami.
As of this writing, 400 people were confirmed dead, and at least 350 are still missing.
The japan earthquake is one of the 10 largest ever recorded.
- A passenger train was missing in Miyagi prefecture, and a ship carrying 100 people was swept away, police told Japanese media
- Fire is engulfing swathes of coastland, including homes and buildings, at Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture
- A major explosion hit a petrochemical plant in Sendai; further south a huge blaze swept through an oil refinery in Ichihara city, Chiba prefecture
- A dam burst in north-eastern Fukushima prefecture, sweeping away homes, Kyodo news agency reports
- There were reports of about 20 people injured in Tokyo after the roof of a hall collapsed on to a graduation ceremony