March 11 14:46, an earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, shook Japan. 30 minutes later, a tsunami arrived. The facts are almost unbelievable. But when I visited Tohoku last summer, the reality of the disaster hit me.
4th most powerful earthquake in recorded history
shaking for 6 minutes
only 58% of people headed for higher ground after the quake
about 250 miles of Japan's northern coastline dropped by 0.6 meters
the pacific slate slid westward by 24 meters
tsunami waves reached up to 39 meters at Miyako city
and traveled inland as far as 6 miles
it flooded an estimated area of 217 square miles
Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plant suffered a level 7 nuclear meltdown
about 300 tones of radioactive water leaked from the plant every day
nearly 200,000 residents were evacuated from affected areas
15,839 dead, 5,950 injured, and 3,642 missing
Please spare a thought today for the people of Tohoku.