On 11 Mar 2011, a massive tsunami was triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in northeast Japan, causing widespread destruction. The tsunami was up to 30 meters high and inundated 433,000 square kilometers of land. 492,000 people were evacuated, 11,600 were killed and 16,450 were reported missing. 17,000 homes and buildings were destroyed and 138,000 damaged. (OCHA, 1 Apr 2011)
The earthquake triggered an extremely severe nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that ultimately emitted an enormous amount of radioactive material into the environment (Government of Japan, 5 Jul 2012).
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Paris, France | AFP | Tuesday 6/1/2015 - 16:00 GMT |
The earthquake that set off the tsunami which caused the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster was unleashed by a stealthy nine-year buildup of pressure on a plate boundary, scientists said Tuesday.
Part of a fault where two mighty plates on the Earth's crust collide east of Japan was being quietly crushed and twisted for nearly a decade, they said.
It was this hard to detect activity which caused the fault eventually to rip open on March 11, 2011 and cause the catastrophe.
Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Saturday 20/12/2014 - 12:15 GMT |
One of four heavily damaged reactor buildings at Japan's tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has been cleared of radioactive fuel rods, the operator said Saturday.
It was a significant step in the decommissioning efforts, but workers still have three heavily crippled reactors to clean up after they were sent into meltdown in the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster.
The overall cleanup work of the Fukushima plant is expected to take decades.
By Andy McElroy
INCHEON, 6 November 2014 – Ito Yoshichika is one of many proud citizens of the City of Sendai who are looking forward to telling their remarkable story of recovery when the city plays host to an expected 8,000 participants at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in March 2015.
37th & 38th Meetings (AM & PM)
In Ensuing Debate, Delegates Discuss Non-Proliferation, Medical Initiatives The General Assembly today reaffirmed its strong support for the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in fostering the development and practical application of atomic energy for peaceful uses, including in transferring technology to developing countries and in nuclear safety, verification and security, as it considered the nuclear monitoring body’s 2013 report.
Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) has been setting up libraries and providing books to facilities for people with disabilities that were struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake in the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. The libraries greatly help to stabilize the minds of children with disabilities who are likely to have trouble adjusting to the new environment brought about by the earthquake.
Large-sized picture books have enriched children’s emotions – Fukushima
More than three years after the earthquake and tsunami that killed over 16,000 people and displaced 260,000, communities evacuated from the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are still counting the cost of the disaster. The Japanese Red Cross Society’s operations, which began in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, continue to provide shelter, psychosocial support and radiation scanning.
by George Herming
The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today delivered a new radio broadcasting transmission facility to improve Solomon Islands disaster early warning system through the National Broadcaster, SIBC.
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Bradley Tovosia “turned the switch on” after receiving the equipment from Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Mr Kenichi Kimiya at the SIBC Transmission Station at the Henderson International Airport today.
LES POINTS MARQUANTS
La gestion des risques de catastrophe revêt une importance de plus en plus capitale en raison de la hausse de la densité urbaine à travers le monde.
Un nouveau rapport intitulé Learning from Megadisasters aborde les enseignements à tirer du violent tremblement de terre et du tsunami qui ont frappé l'est du Japon en 2011.
Même les pays pauvres aux ressources limitées peuvent renforcer leur capacité à se préparer aux catastrophes et à les gérer.
Disaster risk management is becoming increasingly important as population densities rise in urban areas around the world.
A new report, Learning from Megadisasters, shares lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Even poor countries with limited resources can build their capacity to prepare for and cope with disasters.
TITULARES DE ARTÍCULOS
La gestión del riesgo de desastres está cobrando cada vez más importancia a medida que aumenta la densidad de población en las zonas urbanas en todo el mundo.
Un nuevo informe titulado Learning from Megadisasters da a conocer las enseñanzas que dejó el gran terremoto y tsunami de Japón oriental.
Incluso los países pobres que tienen recursos limitados pueden desarrollar capacidad de preparación para enfrentar las catástrofes naturales.
The successes of Japan’s disaster risk management (DRM) system as well as the ways in which that system could be improved are reflected in the lessons drawn from the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) and presented in the initial reports from the Learning from Megadisasters project. The GEJE was the first disaster ever recorded that included an earthquake, a tsunami, a nuclear power plant accident, a power supply failure, and a large-scale disruption of supply chains. Extreme disasters underscore the need for a holistic approach to DRM.
Glide no. EQ-2011-000028-JPN
Period covered by this report: 11 March 2011 – 31 March 2014
1. Executive Summary:
Not a single agency alone has ever managed to respond to the scale of the disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET), which devastated the north-eastern part of Japan on 11 March 2011.
In this issue:
Comfort makes better Doctors Lessons learned during the Haiti medical response that can enable other organizations
One Drop at a Time Sri Lankan hospitals find life-saving water solution
From the Ashes The city of Higashi Matsushima, Japan rebuilds after tsunami
Advancing the Agenda Urban Risk Reduction in Bangladesh
Interview with Richard Hough U.S. Agency for International Development
Period covered by this report: 1 January 2014 – 31 March 2014
The budget of the JRCS relief and recovery programme stands at JPY 60 billion of which 78.1 per cent (JPY 46.9 billion) has been spent by the end of March 2014.
In 2013, the newly rebuilt Hachimaida workshop for people with disabilities in Shiroishi, Japan reopened – providing a vital service to disaster survivors in the community. The workshop, which was destroyed by the March 2011 earthquake was rebuilt with the support of AmeriCares, our partner, The Association for Aid and Relief (AAR Japan) and the umbrella organization that runs the facility, Shiroishi Youkouen.
05/21/2014 03:58 GMT
TOKYO, May 21, 2014 (AFP) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Wednesday it has begun a bypass system that diverts groundwater into the sea in a bid to reduce the volume of contaminated water.
The move is an attempt to stop tonnes of unpolluted groundwater flowing under the battered plant and mixing with water already there and laced with radioactive isotopes.
Three-Year Report Available Online
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011, leading to the largest Japanese Red Cross disaster response in the country in its history.
Immediately after the earthquake, the Japanese Red Cross launched relief operations such as distributing relief supplies, deploying medical teams from 92 Red Cross hospitals, preparing hot meals at evacuation centres, and other activities to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
Increase in Cancer Unlikely following Fukushima Exposure - says UN Report
Low Risk of Thyroid Cancer Among Children Most Exposed
VIENNA, 2 April (UN Information Service) - Cancer levels are likely to remain stable in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power accident, according to a new UN report released today.
The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.
03/25/2014 04:22 GMT
TOKYO, March 25, 2014 (AFP) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday it had shut down a key decontamination system used to clean radiation-tainted water, just hours after it came back online.
Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) switched off its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) after workers discovered leaks "seeping" from a tank late Monday.