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Quake Death Toll Feared to Top 1,800; Thousands More Unaccounted For

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The loss of life and destruction caused by Friday's catastrophic earthquake in Japan grew Saturday, with the combined number of people who have died or remain unaccaounted for expected to exceed 1,800, while an explosion occured at a nuclear power >>


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Pat B (356)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 6:31 pm
Shaking my head in disbelief, and horror. Devastation beyond belief. Still reeling from Christchurch, New Zealand, and now Japan with the earthquake/ tsunami!!! Thank you, Naoko for this news, healing thoughts are with you!!

Pat B (356)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 6:34 pm
p.s. Have you heard anything about the town/city of Minamisanriku? Are those folks okay and safe?

Naoko i (257)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 6:59 pm
No Gran. Sadly not yet any good news from Minamisanriku-machi. As of 11:21 March 13 Japanese time, in Miyagi Prefecture 244 deaths have been confirmed, while there are 200 to 300 human bodies found in a town but names are not known. Plus 100 or so bodies have been brought to makeshift morgues.
Iwate Prefecture has confirmed 256 deaths so far, while in Fukushima Prefecture 206 has been confirmed dead.

There are thousands of people waiting to be rescued. Of those already evacuated, many don't have enough food/water supply. Tohoku, northeastern region sometimes become cold at night...

I'm crying.

Pat B (356)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 7:09 pm
OOOOOh, Naoko...I'm so very, very saddened by all of this. This is very difficult, and I hope all get rescued safely, to get food/water. Prayers & Love.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 7:43 pm
Sadly noted !!

Nancy Anderson (21)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 8:26 pm
How awful!! My heart goes out to all of Japan.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 8:35 pm
This is just horrid Naoko!!! My heart goes out to all of those lost and the families of all!!! So much destruction and upheaval!! The loss of life is devistating!!

. (0)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 9:10 pm
The devastation is just overwhelming.

Was your area hit, Naoko? I really hope not.

Naoko i (257)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 10:15 pm
Thanks for your kind words. I myself (and son) lives in Tokyo's outskirts, and it was not severely hit. It was a rather big earthquake and there were several aftershocks, and we sure knew it was not an "ordinary" quake (small tremors are not rare in Japan), but no injuries, no damages to the building where I work.
But we needed to contact all the parents of kids at the daycare, which was very difficult. Telephone lines were down. And even we finally talked to the parents and asked them to come and pick their kids, they had trouble coming back from their offices. Transportation systems were disrupted.

My husband stays in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. It is north to Tokyo, just south of Fukushima Prefecture. So his area was relatively hard hit, and has some trouble even now with electricity and water supply.

But compared to those people suffering from the devastating damages, we are all fine and well.

David Petrosky (113)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 10:14 am
My thoughts and prayers are with you and with all the people of Japan...


Roger G (148)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 3:00 pm
and sadly that's just the beginning... with close to 100.000 missing persons..

Robert O (12)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 3:03 pm
The news just keeps getting worse. Now I've hear the nuclear plant is already melting down and estimates may be that 10,000 have been confirmed dead from the earthquake.

Myke Salmon (324)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 3:11 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with and for you all.

Wendy W (0)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 3:19 pm
The news of this horrible tragedy has touched us all, I'm at present watching the BBC news channel to see how everyone is dealing with this disaster. I'm sure the Japanese government, and emergency services, are doing everything they can, but I'm proud that my country are able to send experienced people who may be able to help out a little. We are all thinking of you, and hoping that you can cope with the dark days ahead.
I'm sure you will.

Wendy from Bristol UK

bj. shaw (61)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 3:55 pm
I wish I was there so I could do something to help
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