The Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster: Latest Figures

According to figures released by the National Police Agency on June 15, some 15,434 people were confirmed to have lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster. Another 7,742 were still listed as missing. These figures considerably exceeded the number of lives lost in the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, making this Japan’s worst natural disaster since World War II.

According to figures released by the National Police Agency on June 15, some 15,434 people lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster, making this the worst natural disaster in Japan since World War II. Work to identify bodies and search operations will continue at least past the end of June, and it is likely to be some time yet until the true number of victims is known.

In addition, over 100,000 people are still living in evacuation centers more than three months after the disaster. Among these are many who were not affected by the earthquake or tsunami directly but were forced to evacuate their homes because of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

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