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Sendai in Myagi Prefecture

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Sendai (仙台市) is a town in Japan. It is the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northeastern Honshu. Sendai is one of Japan's twenty "designated cities", meaning it has a population over 500 000. The city currently has a population of around 1 million and was founded by daimyo Date Masamune in 1601 BC. The Japanese government reported that a magnitude 7.4 earthquake along a 200 km fault offshore of Sendai was expected to occur with 99% probability within 30 years.[1]

Effect of the Disaster

Sendai and the Miyagi Prefecture were affected drastically by the 2011 Tōhoku disasters.[2] Sendai was the largest major city in the vicinity of the earthquake's epicentre.[3] The international airport at Sendai, parts of which were 2-7 metres above sea level, was completely inundated (and closed).[4] At Sendai, the tsunami was reportedly as high as 15 metres. Approximately 1400 people were saved by climbing onto roof or the control tower of Sendai airport.[4]

Sendai port was also damaged by the tsunami, and the Sendai Tōshō-gū shrine, a designated Important Cultural Property of Japan, was damaged by the earthquake. At least 704 people in Sendai died, with 26 people missing.


Raw Video Tsunami Wave Strikes Japan Airport00:53

Raw Video Tsunami Wave Strikes Japan Airport

Sendai is inundated by the tsunami


  1. . Survey of 2011 Tohoku earthquake tsunami inundation and run-up ( Wiley Online Library. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  2. . Japan quake - hundreds dead in Sendai ( 3 News. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  3. . Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011 ( Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 . News: Tsunami rolled through Pacific, Sendai Airport under water, Tokyo Narita and Hawaiian Airports temporarily closed, Nuclear Emergency cancelled by ICAO/CFMU ( Avherald. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
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