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Titled as “Japan’s Worst Crisis Since WWII,” this 9.0 Earthquake measuring on the Ritcher Scale has struck Japan on Friday, March 11th 2011.
Hitting just off the coast of Sendai, Japan; the disaster left many people homeless and missing. The Japanese National Police Agency has claimed as of today 10,489 casualties, 2,777 injured and 16,621 people missing across 18 prefectures. There has also been a estimated number of 125,000 buildings destroyed.
The earthquake and tsunami has also caused major blackouts which left about 4.4 million homes in northeastern Japan without electricity and an estimated 1.4 million without water. Electrical generators were taken down and nuclear reactors were impacted as well. The nuclear reactors suffered overheating which caused an emergency shutdown. Explosions occurred due to buildup of hydrogen gas.
The Sendai (Tohoku) Earthquake of Japan, measuring 9.0 on the Ritcher Scale, makes it the most powerful earthquake to have hit ever Japan, and also one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world since modern records started in 1900. The earthquake so far has caused more of a disaster than World War II and it is also the most expensive natural disaster in the world, estimating a cost in damages that can reach US$309 Billion.