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Devastation continues as more bodies are found in Japan

by Jorge Hernandez on March 14, 2011

Another 2,000 people have been found dead on Monday, March 14, in Miyagi Prefecture in Northern Japan.

While the official death tolls is at 1,627 people as of Monday, the total number of casualties – including those still missing – is upwards of 10,000, reports CNN.

According to Ross Stein, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, the great damage from the tsunamis that rippled from the earthquake epicenter were unforeseen by scientists.

"It did [the Japanese] a giant disservice. Perhaps the message is we should re-evaluate the occurrence of superlarge earthquakes on any fault," Dr. Stein told the New York Times.

No historical indication could have predicted the size of both the earthquake and the resulting tsunamis that hit Japan's coast.

The tectonic shift that resulted in the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan on Friday, March 11, is said to have moved parts of Japan by about 13 feet to the east, according to the news source.

The earthquake also shortened the length of one Earth day by about 1.8 millionths of a second, according to a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist.

The Bank of Japan has injected about $183 billion in liquid assets into the banking system, in order to contain any large-scale economical fall-out that may result from the earthquake, according to a separate N.Y. Times report. The Bank also announced that it would increase purchases of bonds and assets. The interest rate in Japan remains extremely low, hovering near zero percent.

“It will take a long time until we can really quantify the fallout on the overall economy, but what is clear is that they are going to have to set aside fiscal consolidation plans for the moment," Stephen Schwartz, an economist at the Spanish Bank BBVA, told the news source.

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