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Transcript of Japan Tsunami
The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.
The quake was the fifth-largest in the world since 1900 and nearly 8,000 times stronger than the one which devastated Christchurch, New Zealand. 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. The tsunami waves caused the greatest destruction; and an estimated 5,000 houses remain inundated with water in Iwate. In Sendai city of Miyagi 2,700 houses have been washed away, and 1,800 houses destroyed in Fukushima. The number of houses destroyed is also expected to increase as Government assessment teams gain access. 1,647 confirmed dead. 1,990 injured. More than 10,000 still missing. Japan is also facing a nuclear crisis: The quake damaged a nuclear power plant on the coast 240 km (150 miles) north-east of Tokyo. Radiation levels are rising after four explosions at the plant and at least three reactors are in danger of total meltdown. The coast has been hit by more than 150 aftershocks. Entire towns were wiped off the map. Houses, cars, ships, buildings were washed away, roads buckled, highways collapsed, power lines tangled, railway tracks damaged. Japan Rail suspended services in Tohoku and Yamagata, as well as on its Akita bullet-train lines. But there is still hope! Coastguards in Japan have rescued a dog from the top of a house washed out to sea by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the country's north-east coast three weeks ago.