The human cost, however, will be incalculable.
Normally when a person dies in Japan, they are cremated in Buddhist ceremonies. Because of the numbers of people who died during the tsunami, thousands had to be buried in mass graves.
The tsunami caused a major humanitarian crisis, forcing thousands of families to shelter in evacuation centres that were established in sports halls and school classrooms. "Orphans of the quake," ABC 7.30
A photograph of a child found along a muddy bank near Onagawa. Save the Children estimates that up to 100,000 children were rendered homeless by the disaster.