Japan today remembers the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake (東日本大震災Higashi Nihon Daishinsai), which struck at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011.

10 years ago, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9-9.1 was recorded 70 km from the nearest point of the Japanese coast, which caused a tsunami with waves up to 10 meters, as well as numerous destructions. The number of dead and missing people to date is more than 18,000.

There were a large number of casualties in more than 20 prefectures. But the most difficult situations were in cities that belong to Iwate and Miyagi prefectures:

  • Sendai - The tsunami inundated an area 10 kilometers off the coast, and 650 people are missing.
  • Yamada - there were approximately 7,200 homes underwater
  • Rikudzentakata - a town in Iwate Prefecture was nearly washed away by a tsunami, with 5,000 homes underwater.
  • Minamisanriku - there are 9,500 people unaccounted for.

Today. в 14:46 a minute of silence was held in the country to commemorate this sad event.

Recall that on the night of February 13-14, 2021 near Fukushima prefecture there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 7-7.3, which was felt by residents of almost all of Japan. According to one version of experts, it was an aftershock of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.