Higashimatsushima, Miyagi

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Higashimatsushima City hall
Higashimatsushima City hall
Flag of Higashimatsushima
Location of Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture
Higashimatsushima is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 38°25′N 141°12′E / 38.417°N 141.200°E / 38.417; 141.200Coordinates: 38°25′N 141°12′E / 38.417°N 141.200°E / 38.417; 141.200
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi Prefecture
 • Mayor Hideo Abe
 • Total 101.86 km2 (39.33 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2010)
 • Total 42,762
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Sakura
Address 36-1 aza Kamikawado, Yamoto, Higashimatsushima-shi, Miyagi-ken
Phone number 0225-82-1111
Website Higashimatsushima City

Higashimatsushima (東松島市 Higashimatsushima-shi?, lit. East Matsushima; "Matsushima" means "Pine Island") is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

The modern city of Higashimatsushima was created on April 1, 2005, when the towns of Naruse and Yamoto (both formally from Monou District) were merged to create the new city.

As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 42,762 and a population density of 420 persons per km². The total area is 101.86 km².

The Satohama shell mound and museum is in the city.

2011 earthquake disaster[edit]

Houses inundated and collapsed by the tsunami in Nobiru, Higashimatsushima

On March 11, 2011, the town was hit by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami resulting in at least 1,039 deaths.[1] During the tsunami, a 45 metre ship, the Chōkai Maru, was hurled over a pier and left aground in the town. At the time of the disaster, Higashimatsushima had still not fully recovered from a previous major earthquake in 2003.[2][3] About 63% of the town was inundated by the tsunami.[4]


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  1. ^ NOAA Data 2 April 2011
  2. ^ Tsunami survivors face monstrous cleanup task, Japan Times, 26 March 2011
  3. ^ Gilhooly, Rob, "Tsunami-hit towns face dire future", Japan Times, 1 April 2011, p. 4.
  4. ^ NHK, "Tsunami flooded 100 square kilometers of city land", 29 March 2011.

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