The has caused distress and grief to people in Japan.
The death toll is said to be about 9,000 with 16,000 still reported missing.
A few days after the major earthquake and tsunami hit, a police spokesman from one of the hardest hit areas, Miyagi, said 250 thefts have been reported in the 10 days since the disaster hit. Around £75,000 worth of goods have been stolen. The police are determined to cut the growing petty theft and will even put an extra 100 officers on patrol!
Some of the reported incidents involve a man breaking into a cash machine, stealing petrol from cars and taking items form damaged stores and houses. It is appalling that people are trying to benefit from victims of the disaster.