Japan - Earthquake and Tsunami Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011



- On March 14, the Government of Japan (GoJ) National Police Agency (NPA) reported increased casualty numbers due to the earthquake and tsunami, with the current death toll at 1,897, the number of missing persons at 3,002, and the number of injured at 1,885. Japanese media sources continue to report that the number of fatalities may increase significantly in the coming days as officials recover additional bodies in isolated coastal communities. International media sources have reported that the earthquake and tsunami death toll may be as high as 10,000 individuals.

- Two U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) teams established a base of operations in Ofunato City-one of the most-affected areas in Iwate Prefecture, on March 14.

- The outer building housing Unit 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant exploded at approximately 2200 EDT on March 13, or 1100 hours local time on March 14. The explosion injured 11 individuals and released hydrogen gas into the reactor containment building. To date, GoJ officials reported that the reactor containment vessel remains intact and has emitted no major radiation. Nearly 210,000 people remain preemptively evacuated from the vicinities of Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini nuclear power plants.

- The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported a 70 percent chance that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake may occur near Japan before March 16, with the probability dropping to 50 percent between March 16 and March 19. An estimated 30 aftershocks measuring more than magnitude 6.0 have occurred near Japan since March 11.