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Report: 9,500 missing in Minamisanriku, Japan, after Earthquake

Posted by Jason Tuohey  March 12, 2011 10:11 AM

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The death toll in Japan from yesterday's massive, 8.9-magnitude earthquake officially stood at 574 this morning, but the number is expected to climb into the thousands as emergency responders scour some of the hardest-hit areas.

In one town, as many as 9,500 people are missing, reports CNN:

In the town of Minamisanriku, 9.500 people are unaccounted for, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported, citing local officials. That figure is about half the population of the town, which is located on the Pacific, the news agency said.

Minamisanriku is located on the northeast coast of Japan, near the epicenter of yesterday's earthquake (see map below).

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