Toll from Japan disasters nears 7,200

AP News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 9:27 PM
Toll from Japan disasters nears 7,200

Japan's police agency says nearly 7,200 are dead and more than 10,900 are missing after last week's earthquake and tsunami.

A week after the disasters devastated the northeast coast, the National Police Agency said Saturday that 7,197 people died and 10,905 were missing.

Some of the missing may have been out of the region at the time of the disaster. In addition, the massive power of the tsunami likely sucked many people out to sea, and, if the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is any guide, most of those bodies will not be found.