Japanese authorities have officially confirmed the death of over 1200 people from the devastating earthquake. According to the Police Headquarters, even thousands of people are reported missing.
Emergency services, leading the rescue operation, regularly report new found bodies of victims. As the police chief of Miyagi prefecture, which is more than all the others affected by the tsunami, only one of his prefecture death toll exceeds 10,000 people. In the prefecture is the town of Minamisanriku, which was subjected to particularly hard jab tidal wave. There, the authorities have been unable to communicate with 9.5 thousand inhabitants.
Several other communities in the north-east of the country also came under a tsunami up to 10 meters and in ruins. Active rescue work there while not conducted because of the danger of new strong ground strokes, according to ITAR-TASS.
One of the strongest earthquakes in recent years happened off the coast of Japan's Miyagi prefecture 373 km north-east of Tokyo. Magnitude of 8.9. The earthquake caused a great tsunami in parts of the height of the tidal wave was more than ten meters.