Dam breaks following Japan earthquake, homes washed away

A dam in the northeast Fukushima prefecture of Japan broke and homes were washed away, Kyodo news reported, following the biggest earthquake in the nation's history.

The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported that the Fujinuma irrigation dam in Sukagawa city, Fukushima, had collapsed, with homes washed away and people missing.

The dam was a 57-foot-tall and 436-foot-long embankment-type dam located on a tributary of the Abukuma River, reports indicate. 

The number of homes destroyed as a result of the dam rupture is unknown. Casualty numbers also are unknown.

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake - the seventh biggest ever recorded - generated a monster wall of water that pulverized the northeastern city of Sendai, where police reportedly said that 200-300 bodies had been found on the coast.

At least 310 people were killed in the massive earthquake and following tsunamis, police and press reports said.

The government declared an atomic power emergency as officials worked to secure nuclear facilities in the affected regions, media reports indicate.

Hours after the Japan quake struck, TV images showed orange balls of flame rolling up into the night sky as fires raged around a petrochemical complex in Sendai.

A massive fire also engulfed an oil refinery in Iichihara near Tokyo.

For more hydropower news and information, click here

HydroVision International 2014 Keynote Speakers

Presenting the HydroVision International 2014 Keynote Speakers

Check out a slideshow covering the keynote speakers at the HydroVision International 2014 conference and exhibition

Click Here >>

Hydro Industry Financials

Most Read Articles

Recent Comments

Buyers Guide Companies

Nanning Lijie Energy Saving Electric Co Ltd

Nem Chand & Bros

Providing all kind of technical publication inc...

Sanghvi Forging and Engg Ltd

Supplies forgings from India. The company is a...

Asian Industries

Manufacturers and exporters of rubber seals for...

Bhawani Industries Ltd

STEEL CASTINGS UPTO 90 MT SINGLE PIECE - HOT RO...

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours
To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

09/01/2014
Volume 33, Issue 7
cover
07/01/2014
Volume 22, Issue 4
file

Archived Articles

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Hydro Review Past Issues