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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As part of Japanese Red Cross Society programmes that are designed to help affected communities recovering after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, a new after-school club has been completed in Yamada town, Iwate prefecture, providing a safe place where the children can play together happily and freely after school.
By Fredrik Dahl, IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication
Vienna – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today provided its Member States with a report by Director General Yukiya Amano on the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, as part of continuous efforts to strengthen nuclear safety worldwide.
JEN has been involved in wide range of activities including helping victims make a living and restore their communities since right after the disaster in the Oshika Peninsula, the city of Ishinomaki. Its activities to restore communities have been conducted mainly in the Ohara district located in the middle of the peninsula.
Finding a durable solution to a displacement situation is not a straightforward process. Cases of severe nuclear disasters that render areas unsafe for habitation for prolonged periods require interim or alternative solutions to meet the evolving needs, capacities, vulnerabilities and preferences of the displaced people. Existing international instruments offer crucial guidance, but greater appreciation of context is necessary to enhance their relevance.
By Ann Weru
SENDAI, 7 April 2015 – Four years on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, the country’s business sector has lived up to its reputation for resilience and shown clearly why disaster preparedness is so important for recovery.
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011 battered the city of Sendai, which has just hosted the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, an event that offered a key opportunity to showcase the hazard-prone country’s ability to deal with a crisis and to build back better.
By Ann Weru
FUKUSHIMA, 31 March 2015 – The fishing industry along the eastern coast of Japan is still reeling from the twin earthquake and tsunami that rocked the region four years ago, demonstrating starkly how disasters can strain key economic sectors and test resilience.
Fukushima has become synonymous with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011. The 9.0-magnitude quake triggered a massive wave that pushed several kilometres inland, causing death and destruction.
The Great East Japan Earthquake taught us many lessons.
We recommend the followings to prepare for future mega-disasters in Japan;
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Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which suffered a lot of damage, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is supporting the revival of local community. “Hare Valley”, a community care center for the elderly and other residents to connect socially, is expected to be completed in the spring. Concurrently with the construction project, more than 100 times of club activities took place in 2014, such as calligraphy course, fancywork course, eco-block workshop, ground-golf course, gardening workshop, etc.
Humanitarian crises are not often associated with developed countries. However, nature does not discriminate between developed and developing countries. The Eastern Japan earthquake, which struck Fukushima on 11 March 2011, is proof that even in a disaster-prepared country such as Japan, nature can still cause massive destruction and threaten people’s lives and dignity.
Posted by Unni Krishnan, Plan International’s Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response
Emotional care should find a central place in disaster settings, blogs Plan International's Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Unni Krishnan.
15 March 2015: If you want to respond to and recover from a disaster and its impact on the mind, be prepared, play hard and plan for the future. Some might say it’s a mind game.
S$11.1m Multi-Purpose Community Hall in Rikuzentakata to serve 20,000 people
15 March 2015 – Integrating disaster risk reduction into development can save lives and livelihoods, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he toured Sendai, Japan, which was devastated four years ago by an earthquake and tsunami but which today, following an impressive rebuilding effort, is a reminder to the world that “we must turn all of the painful lessons of disasters into new policies for a better future.”
The Director’s Letter
Col. Joseph Martin, USAF
On March 11, 2015, it has been four years since the Great East Japan Earthquake left nearly 20,000 dead or missing and destroyed or partially destroyed nearly 300,000 homes. Large-scale construction such as banking and raising the ground is underway in the affected areas, construction of disaster public housings and new residential sites at higher land is gradually being completed. Some people started living in the new permanent accommodation, while more than 220,000 people still live in temporary housing.
11 March 2015, TOKYO – The Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today took part in the solemn remembrance ceremony in Tokyo for all those who died in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011.
(March 9, 2015)
Report says 32 million people in Japan are exposed to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster
11 March, 2015 | Geneva: Approximately 32 million people in Japan are affected by the radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, according to the 2015 Fukushima Report now available from Green Cross. This includes people who were exposed to radiation or other stress factors resulting from the accident, and who are consequently at potential risk from both long and short-term consequences.
Emi Kiyota, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Margaret Arnold, and Daniel Aldrich
Introduction and key concepts
Japan has the world’s highest proportion of older people. In 2013, there were 31.9 million people over 65 years in 2013, up from 30.8 million in 2012. That is the highest recorded figure for that age group in the history of Japan, making people over 65 more than a quarter (25.1%) of the nation’s total population of 127.3 million. That percentage is expected to rise to 32 percent by 2030 and 40 percent by 2050. (UNDESA, 2010).
Four years have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami devastated large areas of Eastern Japan and while much progress has been made in overall recovery, there are serious delays in rebuilding communities, and the Red Cross continues to support thousands of mainly elderly survivors who still live in temporary housing. The tsunami also caused meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant forcing the evacuation of large numbers of people who will not be able to return home in the foreseeable future because of radioactive contamination.
By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC
On March 11, 2011 the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami struck Yamada town, in Japan’s northern prefecture of Iwate. It was early in the afternoon and the children of Osawa Nursery School were just waking up from their afternoon naps. The teachers scrambled to evacuate the terrified children. Noriko Kawabata, the school principal, who had lived by the sea in Yamada town her whole life, knew that after an earthquake of this scale, there is always the risk of a tsunami.