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The Damages caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Actions taken by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (June 1)

※This is a prompt report. The numbers shown below may be updated based on the further investigation.(Time is JST (Japan Standard Time). )

1. Summary of the earthquake (by Japan Meteorological Agency)


(1)Date and time : March 11,201114:46JST (Friday)

(2)Hypocenter : 130km off the Pacific coast of Tohoku region, from Iwate to Ibaraki Prefectures (130km near the east-southeast of Oshika Peninsula)

(3)Depth : 24km

(4)Magnitude : M9.0

(5)Seismic Intensity in typical place  

JMA Seismic Intensity



Northern part of Miyagi


Southern and Central part of Miyagi Prefecture

Nakadori and Hamadori of Fukushima Prefecture

Northern and Southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture

Northern and Southern part of Tochigi Prefecture


Southern part of coastal area, northern part of inland area and southern part of inland area of Iwate Prefecture

Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture

Southern part of Gunma Prefecture

Southern part of Saitama Prefecture

North-west part of Chiba Prefecture


(6)Observed Tsunami (by Japan Meteorological Agency)

Miyako: Maximum more than 8.5m on March 11, 2011 15:26

Oofunato: Maximum more than 8.0m on March 11, 2011 15:18

Souma: Maximum more than 7.3m on March 11, 2011 15:50


2. Damages of agriculture, forestry and fisheries

※ Damages are based on the current report. The numbers in the list below may be updated substantially based on the further investigation, especially in the column of “Fisheries“. (Written on May 23, 17:00)

Section Main damage Total number of damage Amount of damage (100 million yen) Main disaster area
Fisheries Fish vessels 20,727 1,384 Catastrophic damages on Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima.
Fishery harbor facilities 319 harbors 6,513 In addition, damages were reported from Hokkaido, Aomori , Ibaraki , Chiba , Tokyo , Niigata, Kanagawa , Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie, Wakayama , Tokushima, Kochi , Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Okinawa.
Aquaculture facilities - 455 The damages of fish vessels and fishery harbor facilities are predicted to increase substantially.
Aquaculture products - 545 (Vessels registered in Toyama, Ishikawa, Tottori had damaged while moored in disaster area)
Common use facilities such as market places and processing facilities - 126  
subtotal     9,023  
Agricultural land, facilities Damaged agricultural land 14,734areas 3,957 Aomori, Iwate, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Nagano and Mie
Damaged agricultural facilities etc. 18,364 facilities 3,180 Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Nagano, Shizuoka, Niigata and Mie
subtotal   33,098points 7,137  
Agricultural crops etc. Agricultural crops and livestock, etc. - 118 Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba, Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata
Agricultural livestock production facilities, etc. - 388
subtotal     505  
Forestry Desolation of forests land 452 points 338 Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba, Niigata, Nagano, Shizuoka and Kochi
Damage of facilities for maintaining forest 178 points 290
Damage of forest road 1,990 points 31
Damage of forests (845ha) 8
Processing and marketing facilities etc. 71 points 506
Cultivating facilities for forest products 412 points 18
subtotal   (845ha) 1,191  
3,103 points
Total     17,856  

 (Reference) Human suffering on May 31

                       Number of Death: 15,281

                      Number of Missing: 8,492

 Damages of agriculture, forestry and fisheries on May 31, 17:00

Amount: 1,785.6 billion yen

 3. Responses of MAFF to the earthquake disaster (as of May 231, 17:00)

(1) Main responses of Japanese government to the earthquake disaster

  • Japanese government established disaster countermeasures office. (March 11)
  • Japanese government dispatched governmental investigation teams to Miyagi prefecture ( March 11), Iwate and Fukushima prefecture ( March 12).

※  MAFF dispatched 5 staff to each team.

(2) Main responses of MAFF to the earthquake disaster

  【 Establishment of framework within MAFF 】

【 Establishment of support system in the devastated area 】

【Site survey】

【Securing food, etc.】


【Rural land and agricultural facilities】


【Other issues】

a)    request to concerned bodies on transportation of mixed feeds by domestic vessels and tracks from Kyushu, Hokkaido, etc.

b)    lending service of stocked feed grains to livestock farmers with no fee and no security.

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