There are approximately 4,060 miles between Japan and Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.
The attack on Pearl Harbour was a major loss for the US army as a massive amount of men were killed and injured. 188 U.S. Aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 men were killed and 1,282 wounded. It occurred on the morning of December 7, 1941, and was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.
The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. Four U.S. Navy battleships were sunk and the four others present were damaged. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one minelayer. The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 65 servicemen killed or wounded. One Japanese sailor was captured.
The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theatres. The following day (December 8) the United States declared war on Japan.
The tragic American event has since been made into a major Blockbuster film starring Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett. It is an emotional film depicting the loss and devastation the war caused whilst following a love story during the difficult time.