17 Feb 2013

Gold bars anonymously given to Japan tsunami victims

5:18 pm on 17 February 2013

People in a small Japanese fishing port that was devastated by the 2011 tsunami have been receiving gold bars in the post from an anonymous benefactor.

Packages containing gold bars started turning up in Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture, about 10 days ago.

The BBC reports that two tsunami support groups and the fish market have been given 2 kilos of gold each.

The phenomenon has been dubbed a "goodwill gold rush" by one newspaper.

In total, the gold bars received so far are thought to be worth around $US250,000.

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake which hit Japan on 11 March 2011 and the massive tsunami it generated killed almost 19,000 people and triggered a major nuclear accident.