The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is among the worst natural disasters on record - leaving hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced from their homes. A selection of some of the startling facts and figures from the Japan earthquake and tsunami, which was one year ago this month. Around the northern coastal region of Tohoku, the Government reported that 2,852 buildings were destroyed and over 40,000 damaged either by earthquakes, tsunami or fire. Consequently, anyone in a coastal area who feels a strong earthquake should take that as a natural warning that a tsunami may be imminent and leave low-lying coastal areas.
The latest report was posted moments ago and reveals some grim facts and figures on the Japanese disaster.
Communication is down for more than 20,000 people in Minami-Sanriku-cho and Matsuyama of Miyagai prefecture, as well as Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture. Warfare, some sort of protection against the radiation would the case style "Pen, pencil and.


As early as 426 BC the Greek historian Thucydides inquired in his book History of the Peloponnesian War about the causes of tsunami, and was the first to argue that ocean earthquakes must be the cause. The National Police Agency’s latest assessment reports 827 roads, 47 bridges, and seven railways damaged. One of their many tasks is to provide a steady stream of information about the disaster and response collected from several different sources. The tsunami waves caused the greatest destruction; and an estimated 5,000 houses remain inundated with water in Iwate.
There are 109 evacuation centres in Ibaraki Prefecture and 72 evacuation centres in Tochigi Prefecture, each with a capacity for 18,000 and 10,000 people, respectively.
The Government of Japan has received offers for assistance from 91 countries, and has accepted assistance from about 15 countries based on assessed needs, which is mostly specialized international urban search and rescue (USAR) teams and medical teams.
This amazing video taken from a helicopter and reported by Sky News demonstrates the power of Tsunami that hit Japan.


Tsunami waves do not look like normal waves because they do not break and curl as normal waves do. While Japan may have the longest recorded history of tsunamis, the sheer destruction caused by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami 2004 event mark it as the most devastating of its kind in modern times, killing around 230,000 people. In Sendai city of Miyagi 2,700 houses have been washed away, and 1,800 houses destroyed in Fukushima.
After major natural disaster events like the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan last week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) kicks into gear to coordinate the humanitarian aid communities response.



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