Tuesday 21 November 2017

Millions unclaimed in quake debris

Julian Ryall in Tokyo

Tens of millions of yen in cash and hundreds of locked safes have been handed in to police across northern Japan by people sifting through the debris of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Police were storing the safes in the hope that the owners could be traced, although only 10pc of owners have been reunited with their lost valuables to date.

With more than 13,000 people confirmed dead and another 14,377 still listed as missing, it remains likely that many will never be returned to their owners. Police in several cities were considering forcing open safes in the hope they would contain identifying documents.

Large parts of northern Japan were hit by another major aftershock yesterday afternoon.

The magnitude 7 tremor triggered a mudslide that buried at least four people in the town of Iwaki and halted repair work at the Fukushima reactors.

A warning for a tsunami was issued for the east coast of Japan but then withdrawn.

Japan held a minute's silence to mark a month since the March 11 disaster. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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