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Japan - Earthquake and Tsunami Fact Sheet #16, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011


Note: The last fact sheet was dated April 8, 2011.


· On April 11 at 1716 hours Japan Standard Time (JST), or 0416 hours Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), a magnitude 6.6 aftershock occurred in eastern Honshu—approximately 22 miles west of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, and 161 miles northeast of Tokyo—at a depth of approximately 6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake killed one person, disrupted power for approximately 220,000 households, and temporarily interrupted power and pumps used for cooling reactors 1, 2, and 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi site.

· On April 12 at 0808 hours JST, or 1908 hours EDT on April 11, a magnitude 6.2 aftershock occurred just off the east coast of Honshu—47 miles southeast of Tokyo—at a depth of approximately 8 miles. Minimal damage occurred due to the aftershock. USGS and the Japan Meteorological Agency noted that aftershocks of magnitudes above 6.0 will likely continue to occur regularly throughout the coming months.

· The March 11 earthquake and tsunami have resulted in more than 13,500 deaths and left nearly 15,000 people missing, the GoJ reported on April 15. The natural disasters also damaged or destroyed more than 217,000 buildings and 2,100 roads.

· The number of people staying in evacuation centers continues to decrease, with approximately 138,000 people remaining in centers as of April 15. More than 16,000 people have left evacuation centers since April 8.