the “official” death toll from the mega-earthquake and the resulting tsunami has so far been dramatically under-estimated.
a quick search through the internet confirms that the officially stated number of 2,000 is nowhere near the actual number.
getting accurate information out of the areas affected by the tsunami is difficult because everything – including government offices – has been destroyed, and government officials are missing.
here are some articles describing the potential loss of life:
20,000 missing in 2 towns
About 20,000 people were unaccounted for as of Sunday afternoon in two coastal towns devastated by tsunami after the Tohoku Pacific Offshore Earthquake.
About 10,000 residents each of Minami-Sanrikucho, Miyagi Prefecture, and Otsuchicho, Iwate Prefecture, were missing, authorities said. Otsuchicho Mayor Koki Kato is among those unaccounted for.
Rescuers, but no one left to rescue in Natori
Natori, a coastal town in Japan, was virtually wiped out by the earthquake and tsunami. Rescue workers began to arrive on Monday, but they found few people to rescue. NBC News’ Ian Williams is one of the few reporters to reach what is left of the coastal town. Natori City had an estimated population of 72,757.
Kesennuma burns through the night after earthquake
The city of Kesennuma (74,000 people) in north-east Japan has been burning furiously, with public broadcasters reporting that fires are spreading beyond regional control.
Kesennuma, located 300 miles north-east of Tokyo in Miyagi prefecture, was near the epicentre of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake.
Night-time aerial footage of the city, home to 74,000 people, shows the whole area engulfed in flames after the biggest earthquake in the country’s history.
Widespread Devastation in Japan after Deadly Earthquake - video report
Complete neighborhoods in towns like Rikuzentakata have been flattened after the country’s worst earthquake and tsunami hit last Friday. The city had an estimated population of 23,687
Personal items are mixed in with debris making their recovery nearly impossible.
Crude flags mark the location of bodies found.
Hell on Earth: a town reduced to a morass of splintered wood, jagged concrete and twisted metal where 10,000 have died – photo journal
The most astonishing view stretches out below towards the sea for at least four miles. An entire town of around 17,000 people has simply ceased to exist here.
At least 95 per cent of the buildings are not merely ruined; they have been reduced to a morass of splintered wood, jagged concrete and twisted metal. All of this is hideously decorated with the details of destroyed family lives: a woman smiles up from her wedding photographs, a smashed guitar lies in the debris. I see a broken doll, and pages from a child’s school exercise book.
(this report includes photos from Izushima island, Minami Sanriku, Natori City, Minamisanrikucho, Otsuchi, Hachinohe, Miyako, Sendai, Fudai, Ishimaki City, Otsuchi Town, Ofunato City, and others.
the unofficial death toll is likely in the tens of thousands, and is very likely more than 100,000.)
as of the 15th, the government was still keeping estimates of deaths so low as to defy credibility…
Japan quake official death toll tops 2400
THE death toll from a killer earthquake and tsunami that flattened much of Japan’s northeast coast topped 2400, police say.
The National Police Agency today said 2414 people are confirmed dead and 3118 missing, with 1885 injured in the disaster which struck on Friday afternoon.
The official toll yesterday stood at 1647.
On Sunday, the police chief of Miyagi, one of the hardest-hit prefectures, said the number of deaths was expected to exceed 10,000 in his region alone.