The total volume of debris is equal to the accumulated waste in 20 years by the three Japanese prefectures most affected by the disaster.
On March 11, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 9 triggered a tsunami of more than 10 feet that hit the northeastern coast of Japan. The latest official data, 15,554 people are dead, while 5,383 people are missing. The tsunami also destroyed more than 151,000 buildings, bridges and roads. 90,000 people are in some 2,400 shelters for refugees arranged in 18 prefectures.
The economic damage caused by the disaster is estimated at about $ 211 billion.