This is part 11 of our ongoing reporting with many updates about the massive 9.0 earthquake / tsunami which struck Japan on March 11 2011.
Click here for part one – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 – Part 6 – Part 7 – Part 8 – Part 9 – Part 10
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami UPDATE (09/04 – 08:30 UTC – CATDAT Situation Report 19 Released) : Fatalities : 12,876 - Missing : 14,865
Missing statistics remark (04/04 – 04:30 UTC but still true)
It should be noted that as of the last 2 reports from Miyagi prefecture, they have moved the “missing” counts to unknown in Matsushima Azuma City (predicted 600), Sendai (predicted 200), Hazime Matiyama (predicted 500), Minami Sanriku (predicted 824 to 3000). Until Miyagi prefecture puts numbers on the missing in these towns, we will keep this note in place. Thus, the missing count might be several thousand higher than the above number. Click here for the in-depth article.
For an in-depth report on damage, fatalities, injured, etc please consult our “CATDAT Excel Sheet (updated version)” , “CATDAT Graphic (earlier version)” , “Detailed fatalities and Missing map (earlier version)“.
As also this article became too long, we started Part 12 today. Click here to link to part 12.
UPDATE 09/04 – 13:16 UTC : Very strong earthquake in the Sea in Southern Kyushu
As this is a totally different earthquake than the massive Tohoku earthquake, we have written an in-depth article on this new earthquake. Click here to read it.
UPDATE 09/04 – 10:24 UTC : Direct Relief International, a leading medical relief organization, today announced that the Wasserman Foundation has donated $100,000 to its Japan Relief and Recovery Fund, established in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League.
UPDATE 09/04 – 10:22 UTC : The Government of Sri Lanka handed over a donation of 1 million USD to the Japan Red Cross Society. In addition, the Government of Sri Lanka has already dispatched a consignment of three million tea bags.
UPDATE 09/04 – 10:19 UTC : A flight loaded with nuclear related equipment (radiation survey meters and dosimeters) arrived at Narita International Airport on the afternoon of April 6, as assistance from the Government of Canada.
UPDATE 09/04 – 10:18 UTC : Relief supplies provided by the Government of Turkey arrived at Narita Airport on Monday, April 4. Among the supplies, around 18.5 tons of drinking water, about 68,800 food cans of tuna or beans, and approximately 5,000 blankets will be delivered to Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture and Tokyo (Setagaya City and three other cities, which accepted disaster-stricken people), respectively.
Turkey’s aid/rescue team has been in operation since Monday, March 21 in areas including Shichigahama-cho in Miyagi Prefecture.
UPDATE 09/04 – 10:16 UTC : Government of the Hellenic Republic of Greece will provide relief money of 100 thousand euro (about 11.5 million yen) to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
UPDATE 09/04 – 08:30 UTC : New casualty update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 8 at 8 PM (20:00) local Japanese time : Fatalities : 12,876 (up from 12,787) , Missing : 14,865 (down from 14,991)
The above remark is still in place, which means that the final death toll will probably be higher than 30,000 people.
UPDATE 09/04 – 08:30 UTC :
Latest FDMA April 7 aftershock casualty statistics
In Miyagi at present (as of 14:00 local Japanese Time)
1 dead, 5 seriously injured, 166 slightly injured, 11 unknown injured
22 houses collapsed, 17 houses partially collapsed 127 houses partially damaged.
(counting is obviously ongoing)
For the rest as of FDMA report 10.
Adapting FDMA with updated data from Miyagi,
2 killed and 242 injured at the moment.
Number of casualties reported from prefectures.
Aomori Prefecture, injured 12 people
Hirosaki – Two minor injuries,
Hachinohe – one slightly injured, three people seriously injured,
Towada – one seriously injured
Mutsu – one hurt, one minor injury
Fujisaki Town – one minor injury,
NE town – one minor injury
Rokkasho – one minor injury
Iwate Prefecture, injured 25 people (severity of injury being reviewed) ….
Tono – injured one person,
Ichinoseki – injured 18 people
Hanamaki – 1 person injured
Machimura city- injured five people
One dead in Miyagi Prefecture, injuring 182 people
1 person killed in the city Matsushima Azuma
Akita Prefecture, injuring six people ……
Noshiro – injured three people,
Yokote City – one person slightly injured,
Daisen – one minor injury,
Ugo town – one person seriously injured
One killed in Yamagata Prefecture, injuring 11 people :..
Yamagata City – one minor injury,
Kamiyama city – one serious injury
Obanazawa city – one killed, two minor injuries,
Hebei, Ooishida – one person seriously injured
Kanayama, Sakata – slightly injured three people,
Shōnaichō – one person slightly injured
Eight injured in Fukushima Prefecture ……
Sukagawa city – One minor injury
Soma City – three people seriously injured
Nihonmatsu City – slightly injured three people
Date City – one serious injury
UPDATE 08/04 – 15:51 UTC : New casualty update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 8 at 8 PM (20:00) local Japanese time : Fatalities : 12,787 , Missing : 14,991
For the first time in many days both groups have been climbing again. Compared to yesterday the killed list climbed with 97 people and the missing list with up with 256 – a total climb of supposed killed people with 353
These numbers have nothing to do with the violent aftershock from yesterday.
Please read the the Missing statistics remark for more information about the missing count.
UPDATE 08/04 – 10:19 UTC :
At least 2 killed and 200 injured with this expected to rise.
Modeling the earthquake damage reveals that the change from the initial placement of a shallow hypocenter, to a bit deeper hypocenter has made a major difference. With the amount of damage from the first earthquake, this is only expected to make the damage from this earthquake in the order of $500 million to $5 billion USD, however, given the major uncertainty of not knowing what was damaged in Miyagi before this earthquake, it will be impossible to quantify a reasonable estimate.
From FDMA Situation Report #9, here are the reported casualties from each state.
: 12 people injured (Hirosaki City (two minor injuries), Hachinohe (one person slightly injured, three people seriously injured), Goshogawara (one injury), Towada (one seriously), Mutsu (one minor injury), Fujisaki Town (one minor injury), the town northeastern Japan (light injury), Rokkasho (one minor injury)
: One injured in Tono
: 18 people injured in Ichinoseki
: One injured in Hanamaki
: Five injured in the prefecture
: 1 person killed in the Matsushima Azuma
137 people injured in the prefecture (two people slightly injured, 126 people injured, nine unknown degree)
: 6 injured (Noshiro (injured three people), Yokote City (one minor injury), Daisen (one minor injury), Ugo town (heavy injury)
: 11 people injured (Yamagata City (one minor injury), Kamiyama City (1 person injured), Obanazawa City (two minor injuries), Hebei
Town (one seriously), Ooishida town (one minor injury), Kanayama (two minor injuries), Sakata (two minor injuries), Shonai
Town (one minor injury))
: One killed in city – Obanazawa, Fukushima
: One person injured in Date-shi
: Two people injured -Adachi
: 6 injured in the prefecture
UPDATE 07/04 – 23:49 UTC : New Report (nr 7) of the FDMA coping with the injuries and the damage after the massive aftershock of magnitude 7.1 on April 7 @ 23:32
This is the report of 07:00 local Japanese time (7h28min after the quake) :
Aomori : 5 injured (2 persons seriously injured) -
Iwate : 1 injured
Miyagi : 1 injured
Akita : 3 injured and 1 seriously injured + buildings damaged
Nuclear power plants : no additional problems .
FDMA was very busy with calls of minor importance (fires, people blocked in elevators, gas leakages, damaged pipes of fuel tanks in Tome (spill of 1,000 liters)
We will bring you more details if an official new report becomes available.
UPDATE 0704 – 21:38 UTC : New casualty update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 7 at 8 PM (20:00) local Japanese time : Fatalities : 12,690 , Missing : 14,736
UPDATE 07/04 – 21:34 UTC : Version 18 of our detailed casualties and damage CATDAT document has been released. Click here to view it.
7.4 7.1 AFTERSHOCK (66 Km FROM SENDAI ) TSUNAMI ALERT IN MIYAGI PREFECTURE COAST – TSUNAMI ADVISORY ALARM OTHER PREFECTURESJMA HAS JUST CANCELED ALL TSUNAMI WARNING AND ADVISORIES
UPDATE 07/04 – 18:38 UTC : Although the USGS has lowered the magnitude, an earthquake with a 6+ intensity (Japanese scale from 0 to 7) remains a dangerous earthquake.
Japan emergency services has reported the first findings (3h30min after the aftershock) :
Aomori : 3 injured (1 person seriously injured)
Iwate : 1 injured
Miyagi : 1 injured
Akita : 1 injured and 3 buildings damaged
This is a first and intermediate report a few hours after the aftershock struck.
We will bring you more details if an official new report becomes available.
UPDATE 07/04 – 16:57 UTC : Other good news (if it proves to be true) Tokyo Electric Power Company says there are no additional problems with the facilities at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants due to the recent aftershock.
UPDATE 07/04 – 16:22 UTC : The powerful aftershock struck at 11:32 PM (23:32)
UPDATE 07/04 – 16:16 UTC : Aftershocks are starting to hit the earthquake area
UPDATE 07/04 – 16:04 UTC : Fukushima prefecture has endured a 5+ intensity, considerably less than the 6- and 6* from Iwate and Miyagi
UPDATE 07/04 – 15:58 UTC : JMA intensity values for this massive aftershock
6+Miyagi-ken Hokubu Miyagi-ken Chubu
6-Iwate-ken Engan-nambu Iwate-ken Nairiku-hokubu Iwate-ken Nairiku-nambu Miyagi-ken Nambu
Other prefecture areas have intensity levels fo 5+ or less. The danger zone will be the above prefectures and localities
UPDATE 07/04 – 15:52 UTC : USGS has decreased the magnitude value to 7.1 (considerably less than the initial 7.4) at a depth of 49 km. Adaptation of both numbers is a GOOD sign, not completely comforting, but a lot better than the initial values.
UPDATE 07/04 – 15:48 UTC : The damage from this aftershock will come mainly from the shaking on already structurally damaged houses and buildings
UPDATE 07/04 – 15:45 UTC : We are sorry to tell that earthquake-report predict that this earthquake will give additional damage and at least more injured.
UPDATE 07/04 – 15:16 UTC : JMA is predicting for the Miyagi coast limited tsunami wave levels up to 2 meters
UPDATE 07/04 – 15:04 UTC : JMA (seismological center Japan) expects a 6+ JMA shaking on a scale of 0 to 7, by far the strongest aftershock since the minshock of March 11
Important maps of this aftershock
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the earthquake area
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Seismic hazard map
USGS Impact on Population map
USGS Shaking map
UPDATE 06/04 – 18:42 UTC : Japanese authorities have informed the IAEA that TEPCO has been authorized to begin injection of nitrogen into the primary containment vessel (PCV) of Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Injection of nitrogen is intended to displace oxygen inside the containment vessel, thereby reducing a risk of explosion due to the combustible combination of hydrogen and oxygen.
UPDATE 06/04 – 12:52 UTC : The Japan Committee for UNICEF received the early childhood development and recreation kits from UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen in order to set up and maintain child-friendly spaces at shelters, nurseries and kindergartens.
Since then, they have been providing safe, free and fun places for children who have had traumatic experiences during and after the earthquake. Many children have been separated from friends. Some have even lost one or both parents.
“This is exactly what the children needed,” said Ken Hayami, Executive Director of the Japan Committee for UNICEF. “I was convinced when I saw them playing with toys and drawing freely with crayons. UNICEF’s experience with children around the world is all packed in the kits.
UPDATE 06/04 – 12:45 UTC : In 11 prefectures, 64 sewerage treatment facilities and 74 sewerage pumps are damaged. Sewers are also damaged.
UPDATE 06/04 – 11:54 UTC : 190 km of coastal dikes have been totally or partially damaged (on a total of 300 km). The dikes are located in the following prefectures : Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:59 UTC : 3 of 4 ferry companies linking Honshu to remote islands did resume service. 1 operator is out of service.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:57 UTC : All the ports in the afflicted area are operational again. Massive damage is making work difficult.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:55 UTC : 36 bus (coach) operators are partially out of service
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:54 UTC : Only Sendai Airport is closed to the public but the 3,000m provisional runway is used for rescue planes only.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:52 UTC : Railways : Service stopped on 24 lines of 7 operators in Tohoku. (including Tohoku and Yamagata Shinkansen)
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:50 UTC : Road: 1 expressway, 18 national highways (under MLIT’s management), 31 national highways (under management of local government), and 232 prefectural and municipal roads are closed.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:49 UTC : 2,500 out of 20,000 public houses as well as 570 out of 2,600 UR (Urban Renaissance Agency) rental houses were available for afflicted people were assigned.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:47 UTC : Construction of 4,216 emergency temporary houses has been started. 2,066 houses are to be started.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:36 UTC : US Marines cleared debris (including ships) during 5 days on Oshima Island (Miyagi prefecture) on Wednesday. The operation was executed by 300 marines who used heavy construction machinery. Islanders said they were grateful to the marines for coming to help them. The residents gave the marines a painting that showed the island before the disaster.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:23 UTC : IAEA Briefing on Fukushima Nuclear Accident (6 April 2011, 8:15 UTC) :
According to Japanese authorities, the leak of highly contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has stopped as of 20:38 UTC on 5 April.
At 6:07 UTC 5 April coagulation agents (liquid glass) were injected into the holes drilled around the pits. The leakage was reported to have ceased at 20:38 UTC on April 5. Work continues to prevent further releases to the sea.
UPDATE 06/04 – 10:21 UTC : Samoa Red Cross staff and volunteers have raised over 27,000 tala.
UPDATE 06/04 – 09:53 UTC : The authorities are starting to dislocate children and pregnant woman living in Litate, a village approx. 30 km inland from the Fukushima Nuclear power plant.
Japanese authorities have decided to take this action as the radioactive levels in that area were coming short to what is advised as a max. bu the International Commission on Radiological Protection.
UPDATE 06/04 – 09:19 UTC : The shelter numbers have dropped significantly from a high of around 490000, down to under 162000 today.
UPDATE 06/04 – 09:03 UTC : New casualty update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 6 at 4 PM (16:00) local Japanese time :
Fatalities : 12,468 up from 12,344
Missing : 15,107 down from 15,237
Taking into account the above remark, the present status is 12468 killed at the moment, with around 20000 people still missing.
Last updates from Part 10
UPDATE 05/04 – 17:37 UTC : The emergency brakes on the Shinkansen bullet trains were activated seconds before the March 11th earthquake, thanks to its early detection system. All the Shinkansen stopped without derailing when seismographs installed on the railway traks detected a seismic wave and did cut instantly power to the trains.
UPDATE 05/04 – 17:27 UTC : A hardening agent has been injected beneath a leaking concrete pit in one of the reactor buildings in the Fukushima nuclear plant, this in a bid to stem the flow of highly radioactive water into the sea. The firm says the leakage seems to be decreasing, following the infusion of the hardening agent proving this with a picture from before and after the injection.
UPDATE 05/04 – 17:04 UTC : The Government of Brunei Darussalam informed on April 4 that the Government will provide relief money of 1 million U.S. dollars (approximately 80 million yen). From Brunei, letters of sympathy were sent from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, among others.
UPDATE 05/04 – 16:59 UTC : AmeriCares emergency airlift of medical aid arrived in Tokyo on Monday, April 4.
The shipment, valued at more than $525,000 will be received by AmeriCares partner, the Tohoku University Hospital.
The shipment consists of :
* Antibiotics to treat 519 adults and children with acute bacterial infections
* 630 course treatments of IV solutions
* Pain medicines to treat 480 people for one month
* 2,000 course treatments of anesthetics
* Sutures for as many as 2,510 procedures
* 859,458 units of bandages and wound dressings
* 11,460 masks
* 18,812 syringes
* An assortment of gloves, soap, hygiene kits, and flashlights
UPDATE 05/04 – 16:50 UTC : On 4 April a fifth shipment of European in-kind assistance was sent to Japan, composed of 26 tons of food, tents, sleeping bags, clothes, gloves and rubber boots. The relief goods will be distributed in Miyagi prefecture. The EU Civil Protection team will coordinate the logistics. 4 other European shipments of relief items and bottled water have been sent to Japan in the past days.
To date, over 380 tons of relief items have been delivered to Japan by the European Civil Protection Mechanism after the disaster of 11 March.
UPDATE 05/04 – 16:39 UTC : The medical teams of the Japanese Red Cross Society gather each morning to receive their missions and destinations for the day. They have traveled from across Japan to help in those living areas that were devastated by the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.
In the first three weeks since this double disaster, more than 484 Red Cross medical teams, involving about 3,000 doctors, nurses and support staff, have been deployed in the affected prefectures.
If you want to read the full article of the Japan Red Cross Aid action : Click here
UPDATE 05/04 – 08:18 UTC : Iran announced to provide relief supplies of foodstuffs (50,000 food cans), 35,000 cans of which were sent to the disaster-stricken area on Friday March 25. The rest of 15,000 cans arrived at Narita Airport on Thursday March 31 and were sent to the disaster-stricken area on Friday, April 1. The Government of Japan deeply appreciates the cooperation of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
UPDATE 05/04 – 08:08 UTC :
New casualty update from the National Police Agency of Japan on April 5 at 4 PM (16:00) local Japanese time :
Fatalities : 12,344
Missing : 15,237
UPDATE 05/04 – 07:50 UTC : A flight loaded with relief supplies from the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) did arrive at Iwate Hanamaki Airport April 4. the relief supplies consists of 20,000 masks, 20,000 soaps, 3,500 pairs of gloves and 2,800 portions of instant pilaf (worth about JPY 24,000,000). These relief supplies are planned to be distributed in Iwate Prefecture. Prior to this shipment, the Government of ROK has already provided disaster-stricken areas with relief supplies such as food and water.