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17 Dec 2009 description

Jason Smith, IFRC, in Tokyo

Being ready for a big disaster is always on the minds of those who work for the Red Cross in Japan, a country where small earthquakes occur almost daily and where risks of a major earthquake are high. To test their preparedness, the Japanese Red Cross Society recently spent three days on a large, complex disaster drill that involved more than 260 staff and volunteers from across the nation.

The drill was based on the assumption that an 8.0 magnitude quake had rocked the central part of Japan.

30 Jun 2005 description

Helping India’s tsunami affected population

By Dr. Gauthamadas, director, The Academy for Disaster Management, Education Planning and Training

On Sunday 26 December 2004 the Asia-Pacific undersea tectonic plates were jostled around creating the worst tsunamis that mankind had experienced in documented history.

04 Nov 2004 description

Tokyo (dpa) - An 5.2-magnitude aftershock from last month's devastating earthquakes that hit Japan's Niigata province struck the region on Thursday, injuring one person, news reports said.

Officials said the powerful aftershock was centred in a mountainous region about 200 kilometres northwest of Tokyo.

03 Nov 2004 description

The Japan chapter of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation provided emergency supplies to earthquake victims in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, on Oct. 25, three days after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Chuetsu region.

Tzu Chi members of the Japan chapter began discussing how to help the victims after learning that the Oct.

28 Oct 2004 description
report Xinhua

TOKYO, Oct 28, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The total death toll from last Saturday's earthquakes in north Japan's Niigata Prefecture reached 35 on Thursday, Kyodo News reported.

With Niigata entering its sixth day Thursday since the first powerful jolts devastated the area, the estimated 98,300 evacuees in the prefecture saw temperatures drop further in the morning as many still wait for the construction of temporary housing.

27 Oct 2004 description
  1. On October 27, the Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide emergency relief aid to the Japanese government to support relief efforts in the Niigata Prefecture, which suffers from heavy casualties following an earthquake that struck the Niigata Prefecture on October 23, and plans to deliver $100,000 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan through the ROK Embassy in Tokyo.

    2.

27 Oct 2004 description

by John Sparrow

Another powerful earthquake - measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale - hit northern Japan today and a disaster that has now claimed 31 lives continued to spread terror.

26 Oct 2004 description
report Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps' global partner Peace Winds Japan is responding to the deadliest earthquake to hit Japan in nearly a decade. The 6.8 magnitude quake struck on the evening of October 23 in rural Niigata prefecture, approximately 160 miles northwest of Tokyo, killing 31 people, forcing over 100,000 from their homes, and damaging roads and buildings.

26 Oct 2004 description
report American Red Cross

Written by Bonnie Gillespie , Staff Writer and Photographer, RedCross.org

Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - After a devastating typhoon pummeled the Pacific nation last week, northern Japan has been rocked by a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that began on Oct. 23 and have left at least 23 people dead and thousands more injured and homeless.

The initial quake that struck the Niigata prefecture on Honshu Island measured 6.5 on the Richter scale, with a depth of 9.8 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

26 Oct 2004 description

Tokyo (dpa) - The number of dead from Saturday's powerful earthquakes that hit northwestern Japan has risen to 27, after a 91-year-old man died of heard failure late Monday as a result of trauma from the aftershocks, police said Tuesday.

More than 100,000 people remained evacuated from their homes after the three big quakes that destroyed homes, buildings and roads in Niigata prefecture, 350 kilometres northwest of Tokyo.

Three people were listed as missing and more than 2,100 injured. The initial quake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, shook the region Saturday at 5:57 p.m.

26 Oct 2004 description
report Xinhua

TOKYO, Oct 26, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Japanese government set out Tuesday fresh steps, including a revision to a disaster relief law, to help survivors hit by a series of deadly earthquakes in Niigata Prefecture as Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the disaster areas.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said that the government will consider a possible revision to the law to help housing repairs, and the government's science and technology panel decided to tap its funds for urgent earthquake studies.

25 Oct 2004 description

by John Sparrow

As darkness fell over northern Japan on Monday and thousands of survivors of a string of earthquakes prepared to spend a third night in emergency shelters, or in the open air, fear of more tremors was palpable.

"People are traumatized," said Naoki Kokawa, relief division director of the Japanese Red Cross.

25 Oct 2004 description

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23 Oct 2004 description


A strong earthquake occurred at 08:56:01 (UTC) on Saturday, October 23, 2004. The magnitude 6.5 event has been located in NEAR THE WEST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

Magnitude

6.5

Date-Time

Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 08:56:01 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time
Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 5:56:01 PM = local time at epicenter

Location

37.199°N, 138.812°E

Depth

15.8 km (9.8 miles) set by location program