Earthquake in Japan (March 2011) — 10

13 March 2011 — 14:30 GMT; 23:30 in Japan

According to Mainichi newspaper, one of the largest dailies in Japan, there are at least 1,800 dead, over 20,000 missing and more than 340,000 people in shelters, as of 21:00 local time. (Source:

There have been remarkable tales reported by various news organizations. Without a doubt, more stories will come to light, but the following is a random selection. NB — Sources are in Japanese.

A 60-year-old man has been rescued 15km off the coast of Fukushima, after surviving on a rooftop for almost two days. He was washed away with his house by the tsunami. (Source:

Two babies have been delivered in Miyako, Iwate, where large parts of the city had been destroyed by the tsunami. (Source:

In Minami-Sanriku, where around 10,000 are unaccounted for, a 25-year-old civil servant kept on broadcasting via the public loudspeakers until the tsunami hit the town about 30 minutes after the quake, warning the inhabitants of a large tsunami to come, and urging people to make their escape to the higher grounds. The 3-storey building where she was making the broadcast was destroyed, and she is missing, after being swept away. (Source: