first anniversary of Japan tsunami tragedy



Time of earthquake: 14:46 local time (0546 GMT). A tsunami warning was issued three minutes later.


Magnitude: 9.0


Epicentre: At 38.1 degrees north latitude, 142.9 east longitude in the Pacific Ocean, at the depth of 24 kilometres (14.9 miles) underwater.


Height of waves: Waves higher than 15 metres (49.5 feet) were observed in various places -- Ishinomaki, Soma, Ofunato, among others.


Confirmed deaths: 15,846


People still missing: 3,317
(No deaths have so far been attributed to exposure to radiation in the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant)


Injuries: 6,011


Refugees across the country: 341,411


Temporary houses constructed or under construction: 52,882


Buildings totally destroyed: 128,558


Buildings damaged: 916,883


Rubble generated in the three worst-affected prefectures (Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima): 22 million tonnes.


The government has approved four reconstruction budgets for the fiscal year from April 2011 to March 2012, totalling 20.5 billion yen ($253 million).