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Japan delivers radio transmission facility for disaster risk management to Solomon Islands

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.

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Pourquoi il est important de tirer tous les enseignements des grandes catastrophes

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World Bank

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.

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Megadisasters – Why Learning Matters

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

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Megadesastres: Por qué el aprendizaje es importante

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World Bank

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.

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Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami 36 Month Report

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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.

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Liaison Magazine Vol. VI 2014: Advances in Disaster Management that are Shaping the Future

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

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Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami Operations Update n° 15

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Period covered by this report: 1 January 2014 – 31 March 2014

Highlights:

  • 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.

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Supporting Disaster Survivors with Disabilities in Japan

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AmeriCares

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.

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Japan Fukushima operator starts diverting groundwater to sea

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.

Agence France-Presse:

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Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aid Report (April 2014)

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.

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Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 great east-Japan 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.

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Shelter Projects 2011-2012

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.

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Fukushima water decontamination system down again

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.

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Fukushima operator halts water decontamination system

03/19/2014 02:45 GMT

TOKYO, March 19, 2014 (AFP) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Wednesday it has temporarily shut down a decontamination system that scrubs radiation-tainted water used to cool damaged reactors.

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it had discovered a defect in its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) and switched it off on Tuesday for repairs.

It is not the first time the utility has shut down the system, which has been hit by a series of glitches since trial operations began a year ago.

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MoU for the Promotion of Disaster Preparedness Education between the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Japanese Red Cross Society

I am Tadateru Konoé, president of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS). I very much welcome the signing of the MoU for the Promotion of Disaster Preparedness Education between the JRCS and the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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Survey for Japanese Red Cross personnel on their relief activities during the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) provided various support to the affected areas including medical relief after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami occurred. In Fukushima, the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant caused the nuclear disaster. We conducted relief activities as much as possible. However, the JRCS had never experienced a response to a nuclear disaster and there were constraints in our relief activities in Fukushima. We think that we need to review our experience and the work issues that we faced.

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“Nuclear Emergency Relief Activities Manual” Prepared

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) has prepared a “Manual on Conducting Relief Activities in a Nuclear Emergency” which establishes guidelines on safe operational limits. Going forward, training will be provided to relief personnel on safety practices and procedures in a nuclear emergency.

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Recovery continues three years after the Japan earthquake and tsunami

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Direct Relief

Three years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to its generous supporters, Direct Relief has since provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors of the strongest known earthquake to ever hit Japan.

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Today Japan Remembers

By Yuki Matsuoka

11 March 2014, TOKYO - Three years on, the pain has not diminished. Today, the whole of Japan is remembering the day of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The confirmed death toll stands at 15,884 with 2,633 missing and 267,000 people are living as evacuees.

At the national memorial service held in Tokyo today in the presence of their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reconfirmed his commitment to building a disaster resilient nation.