It was the worst in the Japan’s history and the seventh worst ever in the world, the powerful earthquake that on Friday afternoon local time, struck the northeastern coast of Japan, including Tokyo.
The quake has reached an intensity of no less than 8.9 degrees on Richter scale and generated a tsunami that arrived in the port of Sendai even at a height of 10 meters.
It has also resurrected the specter of a nuclear disaster. Aftershocks have followed throughout the day.
The telluric movement and tidal waves that dragged behind it, have swept away all that they meet along their path: eleven nuclear power stations closest to the disaster areas have since been closed, half of them due to lock automatically controlled.
The IAEA, the International Agency for Atomic Energy, has assured that the extinguishing operations were completed successfully and safely and that the installation of Onagawa was extinguished a fire in a turbine.
Around one central, that of Fukushima prefecture in the same name, the authorities have ordered the evacuation of about two thousand people living within 2 km from the central and the ONU agency announced that it was informed by the Government of Tokyo that the alert level in the area has been further increased.
The official death toll is updated minute by minute and says at least a thousand deaths.
Many corpses, about three hundred, were found on a beach right in Sendai, on the island of Honshu, where the tsunami wave withdrew.
A ship with 100 people aboard was swept Japan and the police also speaks of a train with 100 people, serving the coastal area, literally missing.
Same fate for 48, including 23 students, reported missing after the tsunami arrival at the port of Ofunato.