The March 11th earthquake moved some portions of northeastern Japan nearly 8 feet closer to North America, and stretched the island nation’s landmass wider than it had been before.
Approximately 29,000 fishing boats swept away or damaged beyond repair in last year’s tsunami, most of them were between six and nine meters long.
In total over 22.46 million tons of debris was generated from the March 11th disaster, it currently rests in temporary storage sites, sorted by materials or type. Recycling companies and local prefectural governments are able to use the debris for land reclamation projects.
Over 1.81 million tons of debris has been collected from three Japanese prefectures which were most affected by the earthquake, only 140,000 tons, or 7.7 percent, have been recycled by private companies, according to Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry data.
The World Bank’s estimated the economic cost of the disaster was US$235 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster in world history.