Japan Earthquake & Tsunami 2011






  • On March 11, 2011 an earthquake off the pacific coast of Tohoku occurred being the biggest to hit Japan to date
  • The earthquake was measured at 9.0 magnitude
  • The epicenter around 70 kilometers east of the Oshika Peninsula
  • The mega earthquake created large tsunami waves that reached heights up to 40.5 meters
  • The tsunami caused many nuclear power plant accidents
  • There are 15,861 deaths
  • 6,107 injured
  • 3,018 missing
  • 129,225 building totally collapsed and destroyed
  • Insured losses were from US $14.5 billion to $34.6 billion
  • Economic cost was US $235 billion


Seismic Intensity with red being the most

Building destroyed in Miyagi

A tsunami caused a boat to be perched up on top of a building

Self defense force member reacts to saving a 4 month old baby

A woman sits alone around the wreckage the tsunami has caused

Official in protective gear checks signs of radiation on children

Rescuers carrying a victim

Waves plunging over the barrier

A mother is speaking to her daughter who is behind a glass wall due to signs of radiation on herself

Cars floating with debris


  • March 11, 2011 - New York Post - Powerful Quake and Tsunami Devastate Northern Japan read more
  • March 24, 2011 - Forbes - Japan Leader Shun Earthquake, Tsunami Victims read more
  • March 15, 2011 - Forbes - Earthquake and Tsunami Photos Echo Hiroshima and Nagasaki read more
  • May 1, 2012 - The Guardian - Japan Tsunami debris moves towards US and Canada read more
  • March 11, 2011 - BBC: News - Japan Earthquake: Tsunami Hits North-East read more


Japan Earthquake 2011

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Video of rooftop helicopter rescue in Japan's tsunami-hit town

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Australian Red Cross response - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami recovery

Recovery continues one year after the tsunami

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