What Is the Japanese Tsunami Death Toll?


As of Feb. 10, 2014, the Japanese tsunami death toll is 15,884. On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. local time, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred 15.2 miles deep at 231 miles northeast of Tokyo, Japan, causing a tsunami with 30-foot waves that damaged several nuclear reactors in the area.

The earthquake on March 11, 2011, is the fourth-largest earthquake on record since 1900 and the largest earthquake to hit Japan. The Japanese government estimates that the tsunami that occurred as a result of the earthquake swept about five million tons of debris offshore. Seventy percent of the debris sank, leaving 1.5 million tons floating in the Pacific Ocean. Material damage from the earthquake and tsunami is estimated at $300 billion.