20,000 people missing in two Japanese towns after devastating earthquake
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The full extent of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami is now coming to light and in two towns alone you have 20,000 people missing. More grim news appears to be following and clearly the death total will rise dramatically once the full extent is known. Therefore, search and rescue teams are reporting more devastation and desperate news and media footage is showing shocking scenes from both the earthquake and the tsunami which followed.
According to reports you have 20,000 people missing collectively in Minami Sanriku-cho, Miyagi prefecture, and in Otsuchi-cho, Iwate Prefecture. The missing includes Koki Kato who is the mayor of Otsuchi-cho and around 10,000 people are missing in both areas. Therefore, the worse is feared for the vast majority of people who are unaccounted for and the utter devastation of both places was shown by media footage and it is truly heartbreaking.
The power of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake unleashed a potent and destructive tsunami and both coastal towns had little chance. It is therefore apparent that whole areas have been wiped of the map and both communities have been destroyed by the dark forces of nature.
Parts of Iwate prefecture have been badly hit alongside Miyagi prefecture and other areas of Japan have also been engulfed by the carnage and mayhem. Therefore several municipalities have come to a standstill and this applies to Kunohemura, Tono, Sumita-cho, and several other municipalities in Iwate and similar problems exist in Onagawa-cho in Miyagi.
The National Police Agency (NPA) released figures about the numbers of people who have been evacuated. According to the NPA over 240,000 people have been taken to safety and this applies to over 130,000 in Fukushima prefecture where the concern is focused on nuclear radiation.
Tens of thousands of people are also stranded in Miyagi prefecture and the NPA, Ground Self-Defense Force, and search and rescue teams are working under extreme conditions in order to alleviate the plight of so many people.
Therefore, the search and rescue operation is in full flow and at the same time you have major infrastructural work being done in order to restore some normality to the scenes of chaos. It is therefore apparent that time is the essence and great concentration is being put on transportation problems, the water supply, electricity and all vital areas.
The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, stated that “The current situation of the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear plants is in a way the most severe crisis in the past 65 years since World War II.”
He continued by stating that “Whether we Japanese can overcome this crisis depends on each of us” and he finished on a positive note by stating that “I strongly believe that we can get over this great earthquake and tsunami by joining together.”
It is hoped that the words of the Prime Minister are heeded because many parts of Japan need help and the coming days will reveal the true horror of the earthquake and tsunami.