Yamamoto, Miyagi

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Yamamoto
山元町
Town
Yamamoto Town Office
Yamamoto Town Office
Flag of Yamamoto
Flag
Official seal of Yamamoto
Seal
Location of Yamamoto in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Yamamoto in Miyagi Prefecture
Yamamoto is located in Japan
Yamamoto
Yamamoto
 
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
District Watari
Area
 • Total 64.8 km2 (25.0 sq mi)
Population (June 2014)
 • Total 12,857
 • Density 199/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pinus thunbergii
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Barn swallow
Phone number 0223-37-1111
Address Aasehara Sakutayama 31, Yamamoto-chō, Watari-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-2292
Website Official website

Yamamoto (山元町 Yamamoto-chō?) is a town located in Watari District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2014, the town had an estimated population of 12,857 and a population density of 199 persons per km². The total area was 64.48  km².

Geography[edit]

Yamamoto is located in south-east Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, and Fukushima Prefecture to the south.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Yamamoto was part of ancient Mutsu Province.The village of Yamamoto was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system. It was raised to town status on February 1, 1951 by merging with the neighboring village of Sakamoto.

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]

Economy[edit]

The economy of Yamamoto is largely based on agriculture and commercial fishing.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Noted people from Yamamoto[edit]

References[edit]

  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]

External links[edit]

Media related to Yamamoto, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons