8 Years Since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

Eight years have passed since the 311 Eastern Japan Earthquake. The Taiwan Red Cross has already completed its visit of reconstruction projects in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate, areas hit hardest by the earthquake. As of this year, 623 public housing projects have been completed in Iwate Prefecture. A total of 658 households are expected to be completed by 2019.

After the earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011, the Taiwan Red Cross actively assisted in emergency relief efforts in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate, areas that were hit hardest. The Taiwan Red Cross assisted with providing shelter, medical care, and education. The Taiwan Red Cross also supported the Red Cross Society of Japan in the implementation of care programs for the vulnerable and activities to keep warm. Projects that have been completed at present include: 68 public housing units for the elderly in Soma City and Shinchi Town, Fukushima Prefecture; the Miyagi Prefectural Government Office; Minamisanri Hospital; Kesennuma City Citizens Welfare Center; two nursery schools in Yamadacho, Iwate Prefecture.

The Eastern Japan Earthquake resulted in 15,893 deaths with 2,565 people missing, the destruction of 535 square kilometers of land, and damages to 1,292,417 homes. The Taiwan Red Cross donated more than 2.5 billion TWD to assist with relief efforts.