Three days on and the devastation is becoming all too apparent as remote areas are reached by military helicopters. The port of Sendai took a battering from the 8.9 earthquake and the tsunami it set off.
The estimated death toll has climbed past 10,000 but that is all it can be, an estimate, as so many people are missing. More than 2,000 bodies have been found on the shores of Miyagi prefecture alone.
One lady complained that the local government was not telling people what to do. “They are basically ignoring us. And are just telling us to clean up on our own. Nobody is coming here. They are just coming to take photos and that’s about it,” she said.
Japan is having to launch a humanitarian effort of epic proportions. More than 300,000 people have been evacuated nationwide. There are food and water shortages and in the north where its freezing about two million households are without power.