11 Mar '11, 9am

Japan quake toll reaches 19

TOKYO: The death toll from the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, causing huge tsunamis along its Pacific coast, has reached 19, press reports said. The dead included a 67-year-old man crushed by a wall and an elderly woman killed by a fallen roof, both in the wider Tokyo area, press reports said. Three were crushed to death when their houses collapsed in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. The National Police Agency, charged with compiling nationwide data on natural disasters, could not immediately confirm the figures. "The damage is so enormous that it will take us much time to gather data," an official at the agency said.

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