Japan: 15,800 dead and 3,600 missing eight months after the earthquake (police)

Eight months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, the results of the disaster rose to 15,863 dead and 3,652 missing, the Japanese police reported on Friday.

Most of the bodies found over the past two months have been found at sea and on shore. A total of 72 bodies were found in the prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.

According to police, 310,000 houses were completely or half destroyed by the disaster.

On March 11, a powerful earthquake measuring 9 caused a giant tsunami up more than 10 meters that struck the northeast coast of Japan.

The tsunami of March 11 resulted in the worst nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. Accidents in nuclear power plant in Fukushima Japan caused several radioactive leaks at the site. 140,000 people were evacuated from the contaminated area. Traces of radioactive cesium and iodine were detected in soil, sea water and food in Fukushima Prefecture and also in surrounding areas.

The economic damage caused by the earthquake is estimated at 211 billion dollars.

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