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Death toll rises to 10,418 from great quake-tsunami in Japan

2011-03-26 12:09:09 GMT2011-03-26 20:09:09(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TOKYO, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The National Police Agency said on Saturday that the catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami have left 10,418 people dead and 17,072 others unaccounted for in Japan by 15:00 p.m. local time (0600 GMT).

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific coastal areas of northeastern and eastern Japan on March 11, triggering enormous tsunami.

Heavy casualties and extensive damage have been caused by the twin disasters.

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