Japan earthquake : construction of temporary housing has started but death toll climbs further (part 7)

This is part 7 of our ongoing reporting with many updates about the massive 8.9 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
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami UPDATE : Fatalities : 10,102 - Missing : 17,053 = 27,155
For an actual in-depth report on damage, fatalities, injured, etc please consult our "CATDAT Excel Sheet" , "CATDAT Graphic" , "Detailed fatalities and Missing map".

Japan post earthquake and tsunami - Building of temporary housing has started - image courtesy Japanalyst.com

UPDATE 23:00 UTC : We have started Part 8. Click here to go to the next section.

UPDATE  15:02 UTC : We are sorry to publish a third UPDATE today (we are though happy that the missing have dropped a little) :
Killed : 10,102 up from 10,066
Missing : 17,053 down up from 17,452

UPDATE  14:14 UTC : A new UPDATED catdat excel sheet has just been uploaded. This is already version 11 of this very detailed damage, fatalities and injured report.

UPDATE  12:09 UTC : The main reason for the "not so severe" 4 intensity is the depth of the hypocenter which is at a depth of 40 km, thus weakening the intensity of the magnitude.

UPDATE  12:03 UTC : Japanese seismological authorities have reported a 4 JMA intensity (on a scale from 0 to 7). This is even less than some other lighter aftershocks reaching an intensity level of 5- and 5+.

UPDATE  12:02 UTC : Very heavy M 6.4 aftershock approx. 20 km from Ofunato. This aftershock can be damaging !

UPDATE  10:37 UTC : New Killed and Missing UPDATE from the National Police Agency of Japan :
Killed : 10,066 up from 10,035
Missing : 17,452 up from 17,443

UPDATE 09:50 UTC : New Killed and Missing UPDATE from the National Police Agency of Japan :
Killed : 10,035 up from 9,737
Missing : 17,443 up from 16,501

UPDATE 25/03 - 09:38 UTC : Japanese have found concentrations of radioactive iodine and caesium in seawater samples taken 30 km out in the sea. Another setback for the Japanese engineers trying to cope with the Nuclear accident..

UPDATE 10:38 UTC : James Daniell has transformed his excel in-depth and very detailed list of fatalities and missing in a very easy to read map.
Click on the thumbnail to see view the fatalities and damage map.

UPDATE 09:31 UTC : We have just published a NEW UPDATE on the death and missing toll of the Japan earthquake.  We are very sorry to tell that that the number has passed the 26,000 level.
Fatalities : 9,737 up from 9,452
Missing : 16,501 up from 14,671

UPDATE 08:58 UTC : The Tohoku Expressway, Japan's highway connecting Tokyo and the northeast earthquake and tsunami damaged area, has reopened

UPDATE 08:47 UTC : JMA reports a very strong 6.1 aftershock Intensity 5- felt in Iwate-ken Oki, at the latitude of the Kamaichi coast. The epicenter is located at only 20 km out of the coast. Click here for the satellite map of the epicenter

GDACS published a GREEN earthquake alert for this earthquake = very limited chance on damage and/or injuries.
NO risk for a tsunami (to weak magnitude).
This aftershock can be very damaging for unstable houses which were damaged during the mainshock and the many powerful aftershocks from last week.
We expect a lot of 5+ aftershocks in the same area after this very strong quake.
5- JMA is listed for Miyagi-ken Chubu

UPDATE 01:08 UTC : More than 45 countries and aid organizations as well as private individuals have contributed a total of US$145 million. The Japanese Red Cross Society has received more than $249 million to date in financial support.

UPDATE 01:04 UTC : The Government of Japan has received 130 offers of assistance from countries as well as 33 offers from international organizations. It has accepted relief items from 15 countries to date.

UPDATE 01:02 UTC : Search and Rescue operation phase still continues in the affected areas at this moment and the access to those areas is strictly limited to rescue workers. It is also reported that there is temporary shortage of petrol in the affected area.

UPDATE 00:59 UTC : The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is sending another three specialists to join its existing 4-member team in Japan to measure the amount of radiation including on vegetation.

UPDATE 00:56 UTC : Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have again been temporarily evacuated from the plant after black smoke was seen rising from reactor No 3 this afternoon. Radiation levels were reported to be unusually high before the smoke was spotted and later dropped, but remain higher than in recent days.

UPDATE 00:46 UTC : Nearly 2,350 fishing boats have been damaged in 5 prefectures (Hokkaido, Aomori, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba). In Fukushima, over 80 percent of fishing boats and all fishing ports are damaged.

UPDATE 00:44 UTC : The Government reports that water supply to 760,000 households has yet to be restored in 10 Prefectures, including 310,000 households in Fukushima, 450,000 households in Miyagi, 110,000 in Iwate, and 660,000 households in Ibaraki. The actual number will be higher as many areas remain isolated.

UPDATE 00:42 UTC : It is feared that children have been separated or orphaned as the earthquake and tsunami struck in the early afternoon when children were at school or daycare.
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has called for nationwide support from child welfare officers and nursery school teachers.

UPDATE 00:38 UTC : Nearly 40 elderly people are reported to have died since being moved to evacuation centers due to the cold weather, as well as physical and mental stress. Deaths are also being reported in hospitals due to the lack of medicines, fuel and other basic items.

UPDATE 00:35 UTC : The construction of temporary housing has now started in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Families with elderly, handicapped, pregnant, or women with babies will be  prioritized. Until the buildings are constructed the Government is recommending the displaced relocate to shelters in non-affected prefectures.

UPDATE 00:24 UTC : More and more evacuees are relocating to unaffected prefectures. To date, nearly 30,000 evacuees, about 13 percent, have already relocated to 437 municipalities in 43 prefectures.
The number of people in evacuation centers in and outside the affected areas has dropped to 261,000. This is nearly 57,000 less than yesterday.
It™s estimated that there are 177,222 earthquake and disaster affected people living in the evacuation centers. It™s unknown how many people are in need of assistance that are not living in the evacuation centers.

UPDATE 00:05 UTC : Emergency relief operations in Japan™s earthquake and tsunami affected Tohoku Region are ongoing but there is now mounting concern about increasing radioactive contamination of some vegetables, water and milk in the disaster affected areas.

UPDATE 24/03 -00:00 UTC : Government of Japan bans the sale of 11 vegetables after radiation contamination found near Nuclear Power Plant

UPDATE 23:58 UTC : Only half a million people now without electricity, but 2.1 million without water

UPDATE 17:08 UTC : After the news that Tokyo tap water was contaminated with radioactive iodine which could be dangerous for children, people rushed to the supermarkets to buy bottled water.   Many supermarkets have in the meantime sold all their bottles. We fear that the situation, due to the high demand, will continue for a long time.

UPDATE 16:58 UTC : We can continue writing all the time about the radiation in the vicinity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, like the international press does, but we feel that fundamentally nothing has changed.
a) the situation is still not completely stabilized
b) radiation is high and extremely high in some places (inluding in the sea) in a radius of at least 40 km around the plant.
c) The vast area around the plant will be uninhabitable for a VERY long time
We will still bring you news on the radioactive contamination if the news is really important. Earthquake-Report.com will be focusing more on the earthquake details and on the aid and reconstruction efforts in the 5 hit prefectures.
Japanese are still mourning for their relatives and friends and do look forward for a (hopefully quick) better future.

UPDATE 16:47 UTC : Some EU (European) countries are checking food imports on radioactive contamination such as fish and soy sauce.

UPDATE 16:27 UTC : PETA, the Animal rights organization (section Asia-Pacific) is asking animal owners to include their pets in their Earthquake preparedness Plan.

UPDATE 14:33 UTC : We just published the damage estimates of the Japanese Government together with the impact of the earthquake on the PCB (Printed Circuit Boards) industry. Click here to read it.

UPDATE 11:55 UTC :
The extensive damage to housing, roads, utilities and businesses across seven prefectures (states) has resulted in losses of between 16 trillion yen ($198 billion) and 25 trillion yen ($309 billion), according to a Cabinet Office estimate today. This is the first estimate from the Japanese government to includee total loss estimates. The government's estimate is in line with the World Bank's estimate of $122 billion to $235 billion in damages.

This makes the CATDAT estimate of between $100-$500 billion, less than 90 minutes after the earthquake, reasonable.
The unknown limit is the level of indirect losses stemming from business interruption and consumer confidence.

This would also make it more costly than the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake (equivalent to around $215 billion USD in 2011 dollars) (as stated as of 07:11 UTC, after the earthquake). The 1995 Kobe earthquake caused $142 billion USD (2011 dollars). The second highest loss ever came from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China caused $151 billion USD (2011 dollars).

UPDATE 09:18 UTC : While the construction of temporary accommodation has started in some Prefectures, many areas are finding it very difficult to find suitable pieces of land to build upon. The coastal area in Tohoku is mountainous and it is difficult to find plots of land that are flat.

UPDATE 08:47 UTC : On top of the damage misery, freezing temperatures are hampering relief efforts. Positive news however is that relief items are reaching the affected areas.

UPDATE 08:44 UTC : The number of evacuees and evacuation centers has been reduced, but 318,000 people remain homeless

UPDATE 08:44 UTC : More than 90% of telecommunication lines restored

UPDATE 08:42 UTC : The Government of Japan bans the sale of some vegetables from Prefectures close to the Fukushima Power Plant

UPDATE 23/03 - 08:05 UTC : We have updated our CATDAT damage excel file (see link on top of this page) to include all FDMA and Police reports issued until now.

The last updates of March 22

UPDATE 23:46 UTC : The Japan Police corps has given a new update. 9,199 people have been confirmed killed and 14,000 are being listed as missing.

UPDATE 23:43 UTC : The US navy has dispatched 13,000 troops, 20 naval vessels and 140 aircraft to help the Japanese emergency services with the many different tasks they still have to do.

UPDATE 23:35 UTC : The general situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant was further improved as power was restored to the control room of the troubled reactor nr 3. Thermometers are also working again at 3 reactors. This was the situation before the aftershocks discussed in detail here.

UPDATE 23:16 UTC : Iwaki has a population of 357,309. A lot of people will have been moved from this dangerous area after the mainshock. Many people are also staying in shelters.

UPDATE 23:14 UTC : Aftershocks of the aftershock are continuing top rattle the Fukushima area.

UPDATE 23:08 UTC : The aftershocks come at a really bad moment for the nuclear plant who was gradually improving the situation.

UPDATE 23:07 UTC : JMA 5+ intensity at :
Iwaki-shi Miwamachi
(fukushima prefecture)
JMA 5- intensity at : Hokota-shi Toma* (Ibaraki prefecture)

UPDATE 23:03 UTC : The 07:16 local Japanese time has been recorded by JMA as a shallow M 6.0 earthquake. Below land and shallow (close to the surface), this earthquake can be damaging.

UPDATE 22:55 UTC : JMA (Japan) has categorized the intensity of these aftershocks as a 5+ (on a scale from 0 to 7). The aftershocks are especially dangerous because the area has been hit before on March 11 and by the many strong aftershocks afterwards. Some buildings are not yet stabilized.

UPDATE 22:53 UTC :
M 5.7 2011/03/22 22:12 Depth 1.0 km EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN

March 23, 2011 at 07:12:29 AM at epicenter
2 very dangerous strong aftershocks
20 minutes separated and close to Iwaki.
The aftershock is especially dangerous because the hypocenter seems to be very shallow
21 km (13 miles) WNW (283°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan and 72 km (45 miles) SSE (165°) from Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
Satellite map of the greater epicenter area

UPDATE 18:28 UTC : Good News : All six reactors at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were reconnected to external power.

UPDATE 14:21 UTC : High radiation levels have been detected as far as 40 km from the power plant. It is clear to earthquake-Report that a vast area surrounding the plant will have to be evacuated for a very long time, as the government will not allow any risk for the people of the radiated areas.

UPDATE 14:18 UTC : An Australian high pressure water cannon did arrive in Tokyo to aid the cooling operations at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant. The pumps will be operated by Japan Self Defense Forces.

UPDATE 14:14 UTC : Rain and snow will make cleaning operations more difficult in some affected areas. The temperature will be dropping around 0°C on Tuesday.

UPDATE 14:00 UTC : The police have listed a new death toll of 9,080 with an additional 13,561 missing.
The FDMA statistics are mirroring more and more the Police statistics. We are waiting for further updates from the cities and towns in Miyagi province as to building damage estimates, but have estimates of up to 85,000 additional destroyed or partially destroyed buildings in this prefecture, using shelter and individual city estimates.

UPDATE 12:44 UTC : A lot of strong to very strong earthquakes today but luckily at a safe distance from the coast. JMA has reported only 4 intensity. Today is certainly a very active tectonic day with 2 M 6.6 and 1 M 6.4 aftershocks.

UPDATE 10:15 UTC :
M 6.6 2011/03/22 09:44 Depth 15.5 km OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Another VERY STRONG aftershock
approx. 100 km out of the Miyako coast. Categorized as JMA 4.

UPDATE 09:46 UTC :
M 6.4 2011/03/22 09:19 Depth 27.0 km NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Another very strong aftershock closer to the Iwaki coastline, but nevertheless labeled by JMA also at a 4 intensity