Shinchi Town Hall
Location of Shinchi in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Total||46.35 km2 (17.90 sq mi)|
|Population (December 2014)|
|• Density||167/km2 (430/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Bird||Green Pheasant|
|Address||Yachikoya, Shinchi-machi, Sōma-gun, Fukushima-ken 979-2792|
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).
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
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.
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Shinchi has one high school, one middle school and three elementary schools.
- "Home" (in Japanese). Shinchi Town. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
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