Source: Sydney Morning Herald
About 2000 bodies have reportedly been found on the shores of Miyagi prefecture.
The grim development, reported by Kyodo news agency, comes as Japan’s weather agency says it has not detected a tsunami, after TV reports of a three-metre wave heading for the coast.
News footage by Japanese public broadcaster NHK shows white smoke rising from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station number three reactor after what reports described as a hydrogen explosion. Photo: AFP/NHK
About 1000 people were found washed up on the shores of Ojika Peninsulain Miyagi, while another were seen in the town of Minamisanriku, the agency said, adding that in Minamisanriku authorities have been unable to contact 10,000 people – more than half of the population living there.
Officials were hopeful about unconfirmed reports that many of the town’s residents were uncountable because they had evacuated to nearby Tome city, Kyodo reported.
A Japan Meteorological Agency offical said in a live broadcast shown on public broadcaster NHK, following reports that the three-metre high wave was spotted from a fire department helicopter off Fukushima prefecture, that any wave was unlikely to be higher than several tens of centimetres.
Update: Reported over 10,000 Dead