Shinchi, Fukushima

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Shinchi
新地町
Town
Shinchi Town Hall
Shinchi Town Hall
Flag of Shinchi
Flag
Official seal of Shinchi
Seal
Location of Shinchi in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Shinchi in Fukushima Prefecture
Shinchi is located in Japan
Shinchi
Shinchi
 
Coordinates: 37°52′31″N 140°55′19″E / 37.87528°N 140.92194°E / 37.87528; 140.92194Coordinates: 37°52′31″N 140°55′19″E / 37.87528°N 140.92194°E / 37.87528; 140.92194
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
District Sōma
Area
 • Total 46.35 km2 (17.90 sq mi)
Population (December 2014)
 • Total 7,722
 • Density 167/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Sakura
- Bird Green Pheasant
- Fish Pleuronectidae
Phone number 0244-62-2111
Address Yachikoya, Shinchi-machi, Sōma-gun, Fukushima-ken 979-2792
Website Official website
Shinchi Station after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami

Shinchi (新地町 Shinchi-machi?) is a town located in Sōma District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of December 2014, the town has an estimated population of 7,722 and a population density of 167 persons per km². The total area is 56.35 square kilometres (21.76 sq mi).[1]

Geography[edit]

Shinchi is located in the far northeastern corner of Fukushima Prefecture, bordering on Miyagi Prefecture to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Shinchi was part of Mutsu Province, and was included in the holdings of Sendai Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan. After the Meiji restoration, on April 1, 1889, the village of Shinchi was created within Uda District, Fukushima. Uda District became Sōma District in 1896. On April 20, 1954 Shinchi annexed the neighboring villages of Fukuda and Komagamine. Shinchi was elevated to town status on August 1, 1971.

2011 earthquake and tsunami[edit]

The eastern, coastal portion of Shinchi was inundated by devastating tsunami flood waters following the magnitude 9.0 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami off its coastline on March 11, 2011. The tsunami destroyed 577 houses, or approximately half the home in the town, and the final death toll was 116 residents.

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

Shinchi has one high school, one middle school and three elementary schools.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home" (in Japanese). Shinchi Town. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 

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