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Japan:Number of dead and missing unlikely to rise much

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Laaska News  May 11,2011

Two months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. The disaster has left more than 24,000 people dead or missing.

The National Police Agency says Tuesday’s updated figure of 24,829 is unlikely to rise significantly.

The agency puts the number of deaths at 14,949. By prefecture, 8,941 people have been confirmed dead in Miyagi, 4,400 in Iwate, and 1,544 in Fukushima.

The number of people who remain unaccounted for has fallen to 9,880, from a peak of 17,600 in late March. Some people were counted twice, while others became evacuees.

In Fukushima Prefecture, the number of missing has fallen to 600 after briefly approaching 6,000.

On Tuesday, the Meteorological Agency briefed reporters about the aftershocks from the massive quake.

It warned of the possibility of aftershocks with an intensity of 5 or stronger on the Japanese scale of zero to 7, even though the number of powerful jolts is declining.

The agency says that during the past 2 months there were nearly 450 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or stronger, including 2 of magnitude 7.1 and 7.0.

NHK.

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