9,500 Villagers – Half the Town – Missing in Minamisanriku, Japan

9,500 people of Minamisanriku are unaccounted for since the massive quake and tsunami slammed the coast of Japan yesterday.

Minamisanriku is north of the city of Sendai on the eastern coast of Japan.

Kyodo News reported:

About 9,500 people are unaccounted for in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture following Friday’s powerful earthquake, prefectural officials said Saturday.

The figure is more than half of the population of about 17,000 in the town on the Pacific coast, they said.

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