Hundreds of bodies found in wake of Japanese tsunami

2011-03-11 14:18

Up to 300 bodies were found off the coast of Sendai after a tsunami hit the northeastern Japanese city, the public broadcaster NHK reported, citing police.

The city in Miyagi prefecture was near the epicentre of the magnitude 8.9 quake that struck the region.

Japan quake death toll at 90

More than 90 people were killed in the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan today, unleashing huge tsunamis along its Pacific coast, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The National Police Agency said at least 60 people had been killed and 56 missing, with 241 others injured in the tremor.

“The damage is so enormous that it will take us much time to gather data,” said an official at the agency.

Police in Iwate prefecture, near the epicentre, confirmed the deaths of 17 people there.

Among the dead were a 67-year-old man crushed by a wall and an elderly woman killed by a fallen roof, both in the wider Tokyo area, press reports said.

Three were crushed to death when their houses collapsed in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo.

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