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Yusuke Amano / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer RIKUZEN-TAKATA, Iwate--An administrator at a hospital destroyed by the March 11 tsunami gave his life to protect a precious lifeline--a satellite phone that was doctors' only link to the outside world after the disaster. Sixty-year-old Shigeru Yokosawa was scheduled to retire at the end of the month, but he died in the tsunami that consumed Takata Hospital in Rikuzen-Takata. Since that tragic day, the hospital's staff has continued to work in a makeshift clinic, using the satellite phone to communicate with rescuers and aid workers. Land lines and cell phones in the city were out of service after the disaster, making the satellite phone the only way to request medication and call for help with patients needing emergency care.
Kunio Imakawa, a 75-year-old barber, was not among them. Mr. Imakawa and his wife, Shizuko, lost his three-chair barber shop, their second-floor apartment and all their belongings in the tsunami.
The Yomiuri Shimbun Medical support is desperately needed at the shelters in the quake zone as the threat of influenza and other infectious diseases grows. Conditions appear to be worsening in the Tohoku region due to the lack of sufficient food, water, medicine and heating supplies. This is especially true in the shelters along the Pacific coast--including in the Kanto region--which was ravaged by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami last Friday.
By JURO OSAWA and PHRED DVORAK in Tokyo and DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and TOKO SEKIGUCHI in Onagawa, Japan In Onagawa, Japan, a grim search and recovery mission has begun-- no one is calling it a rescue anymore. Half of the town's 10,000 residents are missing.
More than 10,000 people were confirmed dead or missing as of Tuesday following last week’s catastrophic earthquake, the worst casualty total from a natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Hanshin Earthquake, the National Police Agency said. The NPA said 3,373 people were confirmed dead and 6,746 were missing as of 8 p.m. But with many unidentified bodies turning up in quake-hit coastal areas, the death toll was expected to jump further.
By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI And TOKO SEKIGUCHI MINAMISANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan—When a giant tsunami more than 30 feet high crashed into the shores of this quiet fishing village Friday, hundreds, if not thousands, of its residents were swept away. With hardly a building now standing in the town's lower basin, Minamisanriku is the focal point of the devastation on Japan's northeastern coast. Survivors in the tiny fishing village of Minamisanriku, on Japan's northern coast, are sifting through the wreckage wrought by the tsunami in search of signs of hope.
Reporter's 43-hour ordeal in tsunami zone / Yomiuri Shimbun scribe's 1st-hand account of awaiting rescue with 450 fellow survivorsKeiichi Nakane / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer The following is a report from a Yomiuri Shimbun staff writer stationed in Miyagi Prefecture's Kesennuma, which was hit by a massive tsunami caused by the earthquake that hit northern Japan on Friday. Nakane, 27, was at an emergency evacuation site to interview citizens when the first tsunami hit the city. He was stranded at the evacuation site for about 43 hours with about 450 citizens after the tsunami hit the three-story building. He spent two nights there before being rescued by helicopter. KESENNUMA, Miyagi--When the earthquake occurred at 2:46 p.m.
By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI , KOSAKU NARIOKA And TOKO SEKIGUCHI IWANUMA, Japan—As the tsunami warnings subsided in the area near Sendai airport in Miyagi prefecture, one of the locations decimated by the giant waves that followed the devastating earthquake that struck Japan Friday, local residents started the recovery process. The head of police in Miyagi said it is inevitable that the number of casualties in the prefecture alone would reach 10,000, according to unconfirmed local-media reports. Hundreds of cars and large parts of the area surrounding Sendai Airport were submerged as the tsunami flooded nearby waterways. Stunned locals stared at the damage and consoled one another in the debris-covered streets. Scenes From Sendai
TOKYO, March 11, 2011 (AFP) - A ship carrying about 100 people was swept away by the huge tsunami that hit Japan on Friday and its fate was unknown, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing Miyagi prefecture police. The ship was owned by a shipbuilder in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, said Kyodo News. No further information was immediately available from Japanese media or prefectural police which AFP reached by telephone. Friday's massive quake struck just under 400 kilometres (250 miles) northeast of Tokyo, creating a 10-metre (33 feet) tsunami wave that hit the Pacific coast of Honshu island near Sendai city.
By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI And ERIC BELLMAN The massive tsunami destroyed most of the neighborhood in Sendai where Kayo Kikuchi and her father live. But somehow their two dogs, Towa and Melody, survived. WSJ's Daisuke Wakabayashi and Lam Thuy Vo report. ARAHAMA, Miyagi Prefecture—When the tsunami warnings sounded after the massive earthquake that struck Japan on Friday, Masaki Kikuchi sprinted upstairs to grab his sleeping 12-year-old daughter before racing away to escape the rushing waters. In the backyard tied to a small shed, Mr.
Andrew Moore was tsunami researcher in Japan, says nation very prepared for disaster He says high-tech early warning system buys about 10 seconds for the well-wired population Deep bays on coast funnel waves to towns; 1896 quake killed more than 10,000, he says Moore: This event will help show what works, what doesn't in earthquake preparation Editor's note: Andrew Moore is an assistant professor of Geology at Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana. He lectures on geologic hazards and how societies deal with natural disaster risk (CNN) -- Like many around the world, I sit transfixed by the images coming this morning from northern Japan, where a devastating earthquake and tsunami have already claimed hundreds of lives. It has a special resonance for me because I lived in Sendai, in the Tohoku region, from 1999 to 2001, working in a Japanese research laboratory dedicated to the study and control of natural disasters.
TOKYO - Rescue teams searched through matchstick rubble Saturday for thousands of people missing in flooded areas of northeastern Japan , beginning one of the most complex relief efforts in history. A day after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami , entire towns remained impossible to reach and some were feared to be wiped off the map. Most estimates put the death toll at 1,700, but news services quoted police in Miyagi Prefecture - one of the hardest-hit areas - as saying they expect the number to exceed 10,000 in that region alone. About 200,000 people are living in temporary shelters.
The Pacific tsunami warning system kicked into high gear Friday after the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Japan , but experts say the ability to issue advance notice isn't necessarily enough to limit damage and loss of life. "The warning system provides quite accurate timing of when the tsunamis are likely to arrive," said Andrew Miall, a geology professor at the University of Toronto. But ensuring that those warnings diminish or prevent deaths and devastating property damage takes more than fancy pressure sensors on the ocean floor and satellite transmissions of the data they collect. "It's not just a matter of installing the necessary technical equipment," Miall said.
The Yomiuri Shimbun The great earthquake that hit eastern Japan on Friday afternoon had left at least 1,400 people dead or missing as of Saturday afternoon, with about 210,000 people taking refuge in shelters in the Tohoku region, authorities said Saturday. The National Police Agency said 521 people were known dead with 735 missing as of 3 p.m. Saturday in 12 prefectures including Tokyo and Hokkaido. About 500 of the dead were in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Separately, around 200 bodies were brought into two gymnasiums in Sendai alone, although exact counts were not available.
The Yomiuri Shimbun The central part of Minami-Sanrikucho, Miyagi Prefecture, was washed away by a tsunami caused by Friday's earthquake. About 20,000 people were unaccounted for as of Sunday afternoon in two coastal towns devastated by tsunami after the Tohoku Pacific Offshore Earthquake.