In numbers: Japan's 2011 Fukushima disaster

A powerful earthquake struck off north-eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, triggering a tsunami that knocked out the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, prompting explosions and meltdowns.

The following are some of the key figures on the disaster:

The earthquake was recorded at a magnitude of 9.0, the most powerful ever in Japan.

The tsunami reached 30 metres in places and flattened more than 260 coastal towns and cities.

The confirmed death toll from the flooding was 15,894 people with another 2,562 still missing, officials said.

The number of homes that collapsed, completely or partially, was put at 400,243. A total of 740,014 other private houses sustained damage from flooding, fire and other impacts, according to the official tally.

The immediate damage was estimated at 210 billion dollars, according to reinsurer Munich Re.

More than 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the region to avoid radioactive contamination.

The operator Tokyo Electric said it could be 30 to 40 years before the power plant is fully decommissioned.

Around 7,000 workers are deployed each day to the disaster zone in Fukushima.

Some 75,000 tons of contaminated water is being held in tanks on the premises.

Last update: Mon, 07/03/2016 - 11:10

More from World

Trump says he doesn't like tweeting, then tweets some more

More than 20 million people follow Donald Trump's Twitter account, but the US president-elect seems to consider...

Colombia reaches deal to begin peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombia and the ELN (National Liberation Army) rebel group have reached an agreement to begin peace negotiations...

Trump's UN ambassador pick expresses concern about Israel's treatment

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's pick to serve as US ambassador to the UN, expressed concern...

Liberation of east Mosul nearly complete, Iraq's al-Abadi says

Iraqi security forces are close to ending Islamic State resistance on the east bank of the Tigris river in Mosul,...

Presidential powers: What Trump can and can't do

The powers of US presidents are relatively constrained, legally, compared to leaders in many other democracies.