Yamamoto, Miyagi

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Location of Yamamoto in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Yamamoto in Miyagi Prefecture
Yamamoto is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°57′45″N 140°52′40″E / 37.96250°N 140.87778°E / 37.96250; 140.87778Coordinates: 37°57′45″N 140°52′40″E / 37.96250°N 140.87778°E / 37.96250; 140.87778
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi Prefecture
District Watari
 • Total 64.48 km2 (24.90 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 17,944
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Yamamoto

Yamamoto (山元町 Yamamoto-chō?) is a town located in Watari District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 17,944 and a population density of 278.29 persons per km². The total area is 64.48 km².

Yamamoto was devastated by the 8.9 – 9.0 MW megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on 11 March 2011 and resultant tsunami.[1] Eyewitness accounts describe Yamamoto as "one of the worst-hit areas" with no houses left undamaged.[2]


Yamamoto, along with the town of Watari, both from Watari District, were planning to merge and create a new city under the name of Watari. Watari District would dissolve if the city should be created.[3] However, nothing has yet to occur.


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  1. ^ Reilly, Michael (11 March 2011). "Japan's quake updated to magnitude 9.0". New Scientist (Short Sharp Science ed.). Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Japan fights to avert nuclear meltdown, ABC News.[1]
  3. ^ "カーシェアリングがわかった!". Retrieved 2008-06-14. 

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