Skip to comments.REPORT: 88,000 People Are Missing In Japan
Posted on 03/11/2011 12:23:48 PM PST by BenLurkin
According to the Kyodo News Agency, via BBC, the official missing persons tally is around 88,000.
It's well known that a lot of people are simply stranded in the cities, including Tokyo, and in many cases the people are probaby safe. It's not clear how they're included in the number.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/japan-missing-people-2011-3#ixzz1GKAARmB5
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Prayers for their safety.
I’m expecting most of these people are stranded as the article mentions. I’m hoping the actual death toll is surprisingly low. I feel bad for those people in cars washed away by the tsunami. So horrible to watch.
I can’t imagine how anyone could have made any calculations to come up with this figure in what, 14 hours?
Whoa!!! BTTT !!
I agree. Seems there would be way too much widespread chaos to come up with any reasonable numbers this soon.
Prayers out to my Japanese friends.
It seemed quite obvious that the death toll would go up, but the news reports I saw at first weren't really hinting at that. But 88,000 seems *ahem* much higher than I would expect. I hope it's too high, anyway.
That’s the big difference, I think, between the building standards of first-world versus third-world countries. Japan was rebuilt almost entirely in the post-war period and they used sound modern engineering techniques and materials. But a place like Iran has a major quake and the simple stone and mud buildings are wiped out, killing people by the tens of thousands.
I saw that picture on Drudge - not the one he has up now, but one he had up this morning - of a wave going over houses, and couldn’t imagine then how anyone could survive something like that, much less the entire scope of the tsunami that wasn’t even captured in that image. There would just be no hope of survival if you were outdoors at the time (or even indoors, I’d think). I don’t want to believe a number like 88,000, there’s probably a lot of confusion and people just not accounted for right now, but it’s going to be a terrible number either way. Just a horrible, horrible event.
Probably based on populations of NE Japan towns destroyed by the tsunami - some of them miles inland from the coast so totally unprepared to seek high gorund
helo coverage showed the disaster in Sendai as it was happening, showed little sign of movement or life after the massive first wave went through. One poor soul waving a white towel out her window in an entire city block
They should get better idea of survivors at light tomorrow
Prayers for the Japanese people ... and their relatives and friends over the world...
If anyone could it is the Japanese. Very orderly society.
Wow, that number just took my breath away. Prayers for all.
Isn’t it just like Ubama and the rats to explode an underwater nuclear device off the coast of Japan in order to cause an earthquake which in turn would cause a tsunami that would reach Hawaii and conveniently wipe out the state’s Hall of Birth Certificate documents?
“I feel bad for those people in cars washed away by the tsunami. So horrible to watch.”
One clip they show of vehicles being washed away were cars and vans waiting to be shipped overseas. No people in them.
There is a train still missing however.
It's because with communications down, names are being understandably added to the missing persons registry.
If i knew someone in Japan in the quake/tsunami zone that I couldn't reach, I'd enter their name in the registry.
They had some warning. And they live in a region that is used to dealing with tsunamis, so I imagine most people got to higher ground.
Luckily they had aerial notice and it was daylight....alarms were sent QUICK!
Unfortunately, the tsunami was upon them in 9 minutes. I'm not sure I could get my Bug Out Bag, Family, pets, and car out of the wide swath of danger in 9 minutes, even if the car was running when the shaking started. .....prayers for Japan.
Nearly all the footage I’ve seen shows barely any people driving around or walking around in the tsunami.... maybe they WERE all at work in Tokyo knock on wood.
The update is, the 88K figure is probably greatly exaggerated, thank God. The number of missing includes people stranded elsewhere due to the breakdown of public transporation and closure by authorities of various areas. Thanks BenLurkin.
I would say at least this many will be dead. Whole towns were being mowed over in some videos
May a merciful God help Japan.
An 8.9 quake in a populated area could certainly do this.
I agree. I thought I heard that the hardest hit area had one million+ population. This figure doesn't seem unrealistic to me.
That being said, remember that these are just estimates. The final numbers could be higher or lower, we'll just have to wait and see.
My heart goes out to the Japanese people.
My prayers are with them.