Thursday, March 31, 2011

SADDENING NUMBERS ABOUT JAPAN

Extract from 'Aftershocks 4' on Barbara Hoskins-Sakamoto's 'Teaching Village'.


View Tohoku Earthquake Map in a larger map.

The (fairly accurate) numbers:

  • Over 11,000 people have been confirmed dead, more than 2,700 have been injured and more than 17,000 are still missing.
  • Over 243,000 people are in shelters.
  • Over 177,000 people have been evacuated (so far) from the area in Fukushima around the nuclear power plants.
  • Over 192,000 homes still have no electricity and 530,000 have no water.
  • Over 19,000 buildings were completely destroyed.
  • Damage estimates so far are as high as 25 trillion yen ($309 billion). (This estimate includes only damage to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure.)
  • Already, 133 countries and 39 international organizations have offered to help.
  • The earthquake moved Honshu (the main Japanese island) 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) east and shifted the Earth’s axis by almost 10 centimeters (3.9 inches).
  • There have been over 800 earthquakes since March 11th. Many of them have been over magnitude 5. (I’m mesmerized each time I visit this data visualization of the quakes.)

Click here to read the whole article.


How do you feel after becoming aware of this immense human pain and suffering?
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