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Great East Japan Earthquake 2011

Total number of news: 183

Photo by UNISDR Visitors to the Public Forum of the WCDRR look at a display of personal items (centre) found in the rubble after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

date: 27 March 2015
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

A five-day event held as part of the WCDRR turned out to be a magnet for the public, drawing thousands of people keen to share experiences of disasters such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami...'This is the largest international conference ever to be held in this country,' said Japan’s Minister of State for Disaster Management Eriko Yamatani, referring to the combined WCDRR and Public Forum tally...

date: 26 March 2015
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'There was nowhere to work after the tsunami,' explained Chikako Sasaki. 'So we decided to open this cafe, and now we all enjoy working here together.' The restaurant is just one example of many innovative approaches taken to help eastern Sendai's farmers bounce back from the tsunami...

date: 16 March 2015
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

Local communities across Japan are increasingly adopting new approaches to disaster risks without waiting for central authorities to show them what to do...

date: 14 March 2015
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

An international conference on disaster prevention kicks off March 14 in the disaster-hit Tohoku region and it is aiming to adopt a new global framework to mitigate effects from natural disasters for the coming decade or so...

date: 14 March 2015
Source(s): United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI)

Disaster risk reduction — the front-line defence against climate impacts — 'is in everybody’s interest, and it is everybody’s business,' Mr. Ban said, stressing that it was a smart investment for business and a wise investment in saving lives...

date: 14 March 2015
Source(s): International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opened on Saturday in Sendai, Japan, attended by approximately 20 Heads of State and Government, many country delegations, and 8,000 participants. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe and many other dignitaries addressed the conference...

date: 5 March 2015
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

'While Japan continues to make progress in its disaster preparedness since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, ironically one of the areas that needs immediate work is getting information out to foreign residents in Japan on disaster preparedness and what to do,' writes Robert D. Eldridge in an opinion piece in the Japan Times...

date: 23 February 2015
Source(s): Nation, the; Nation Multimedia - Thailand

Almost four years after being devastated by dual natural disasters, Japan is well down the road to recovery thanks to a combination of hard work, preparedness, dedication and human spirit, reports The Nation - highlighting economic recovery, the role of media, early warning and education - invaluable experience that's now being shared with the world...

date: 15 November 2014
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

Talking about the Tokai nuclear plant, which improved its tsunami defenses half a year before the 2011 tsunami hit Japan, Yotaro Hatamura, said that 'This shows the difference of what happens when the truly dangerous contingencies are considered and steps (are) taken to prevent them versus a situation in which people say, ‘It’s OK not to do anything'...

date: 26 August 2014
Source(s): Analytic Services Inc.

Lessons drawn from the Tohoku disaster provide key insights that can help prepare for cascading disaster risks in modern society. Early warning, risk assessment, education, research, knowledge, and investment are core components of disaster management, but critical attention must also be given to the linkages between elements, resources, systems, and activities at the local and national levels...

date: 15 July 2014
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

'We cannot establish a direct relation of cause and effect between quakes and volcanic eruptions, even if statistically the former lead to an increase in the latter. All we can say is that Mount Fuji is now in a state of pressure, which means it displays a high potential for eruption. The risk is clearly higher,'said Florent Brenguier, a researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences...

date: 10 July 2014
Source(s): World Bank, the (WB)

No country can prevent natural disasters, but we can all prepare for them by learning as much as possible about the risks and consequences of devastating events, and by making informed decisions to manage both, says a new report launched at a recent event co-hosted by the World Bank and University College London...

date: 4 July 2014
Source(s): Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Researchers have for the first time observed the response of Japanese volcanoes to seismic waves produced by the giant Tohoku-oki earthquake of 2011. Their conclusions reveal how earthquakes can impact volcanoes and should help to assess the risk of massive volcanic eruptions worldwide...

date: 25 March 2014
Source(s): Miami Herald, McClatchy Company

In a new book titled 'Fukushima', two scientists, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental group, recount the unlikely story of an earthquake that unleashed a tsunami that caused three nuclear meltdowns...

 By UNISDR http://www.unisdr.org/archive/36739

date: 11 March 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

The Mayor of Sendai, Emiko Okuyama said: 'For the citizens of Sendai City, the Great East Japan Earthquake is an incident that must never be forgotten….It is our duty to hand down the experiences we had and lessons learned to future generations, and to contribute to the progress of disaster risk reduction in the world'...

 by Jun Teramoto CC BY-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jun_teramoto/5634156231

date: 24 January 2014
Source(s): Vatican Radio

'Older people must not be considered a problem, they can represent a huge resource as they are mobilised in a variety of roles when recovery and reconstruction become operative,' said Eduardo Klien of HelpAge. He also added that they are a resource not only of wisdom but also of practical skills...

date: 5 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'Rikuzentakata has the opportunity to become a model city for the world,' the Mayor said. 'Our city will have a lot to showcase on inclusive reconstruction processes that can help other cities in the world to be better prepared against disasters. We hope to share this experience to the world'...

date: 27 September 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

Thousands of people around the world are currently participating in the first-ever survey of people living with disabilities and disasters – organised by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and partners – to mark the 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October...

date: 4 September 2013
Source(s): United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States of America - gov

'In order to effectively protect communities from tsunamis, we must first know what to plan for. By starting with science, there is a clearer understanding on how tsunamis function and their potential impacts. The scenario will serve as a long-lasting resource to raise awareness and provide scientifically-sound and unbiased information to decision makers in California and abroad'...

date: 21 May 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'If a trillion dollars that are going to be invested in new cities, agribusiness and tourism and other sectors in the coming years are resilient, then disaster risk will go down. If they are not, it will go up, it's as simple as that,' said Andrew Maskrey of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)...

date: 21 May 2013
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

Mr. Eliasson said that building resilience to disasters and making communities safer is 'our collective and shared responsibility,' adding that his visit to Japan earlier this year was a lesson on the urgency of reducing the risks for disasters...

date: 25 March 2013
Source(s): European Commission (EC)

'Natural Disasters are becoming more intense and more frequent. The triple disaster that hit Japan in March 2011 showed that even the best prepared countries can be overwhelmed by the force of nature. We can better meet these challenges by working together. I am convinced that exchanging information and best practices will benefit us both, the EU and Japan,' said Commissioner Georgieva...

 by UNISDR http://www.unisdr.org/files/cache-image-resizer/e1a242b3e9099237004f3fb3b358e5d4-450x0.jpg

date: 11 March 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Almost two years after the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake, UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström paid a return visit to one of the worst-affected towns, Minami-Sanriku, in Miyagi Prefecture, and met with the Mayor, Mr. Jin Sato...

 Photo by  © UNISDR http://www.unisdr.org/archive/31577

date: 8 March 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo)

'Nearly two years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The recovery progress, as well as challenges, can be observed at various levels.Supporting the disaster-affected people to re-build their lives and foster ownership by regaining motivation and purpose in life is crucial,' said UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström...

date: 7 March 2013
Source(s): Embassy of Japan in Thailand, Japan - gov

Japan is committed to sharing knowledge and lessons learned from the earthquake, and subsequent recovery, with the international community. Japan will host the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in early 2015 and make efforts to deliver an effective post-Hyogo Framework for Action...

date: 4 March 2013
Source(s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Bangkok (UNESCO BKK)

At a recent Education for Sustainable Development-Disaster Risk Reduction Youth Leader Workshop students learnt about the relevance DRR in the daily lives of young people and the importance of educating for sustainable development. They also had the opportunity to visit the tsunami affected areas in Japan...

date: 28 January 2013
Source(s): Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippines - gov

At the International Recovery Platform in Kobe, St. Bernard Mayor Rico Rentuza presented the inputs which focused on the major role of government especially as policy-maker in risk reduction and recovery. The annual event serves as a venue to explore specific measures to address gaps in the recovery practices and identify resources to the said problem...

date: 2 January 2013
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

'I sincerely hope that, in the future, the experience of the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami will be fully utilized in disaster prevention education and town planning so that the country moves towards assuring safety and security in the lives of the people,' the Japanese emperor said...

date: 21 November 2012
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

Efforts to understand early warning and early action behaviour will become more successful by exploring how disaster risk reduction relates to poverty reduction — which in this context means not just improvements in meeting basic needs, but more broadly the absence of constraints to sustainable development...

date: 19 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'We talk a lot about infrastructure, but at the centre of all this is the people factor, and the way people live through a disaster will also impact their perception of the next disaster. Every disaster is an opportunity to improve the preparedness for the next one'...

date: 9 November 2012
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

'One of the world's leading seismologists looks at the dangers of megaquakes, and explains where they'll next strike, why they're becoming more lethal, and what science and engineering are doing to save lives'...

 Earth Observatory http://www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=79607

date: 9 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

The representative of Japan said the earthquake that rocked the country in March 2011 was one of the five most powerful earthquakes since 1900. Yet, despite the scale of the earthquake, the damage was minimised due to strong building codes and effective early warning systems. Japan therefore wanted to continue sharing the lessons learned in 2011 with the international community...

date: 1 November 2012
Source(s): Associated Press (AP)

The government has set aside 23 trillion yen to invest in reconstruction and disaster prevention within the next ten years, 19 trillion yen of it within five years. However, an audit report found that only half of the money set aside for reconstruction had actually been spent...

date: 31 October 2012
Source(s): Voice of Russia (VOR)

'What should we do next? It is not ruled out that after the hurricane in the US the government will revise some of the norms for the housing construction. It will cost more to the people and the government to build firmer houses but these houses will be capable to withstand new natural threats,' said Alexei Kokorin, head of the Climate and Energy program of the World Wildlife Fund...


date: 16 October 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Hyogo Liaison Office (UNISDR Hyogo)

'A lot of actual work is being done by women, but not integrated into policies and the decision-making process. It's a challenge for women to be visible. In disaster risk reduction, more social issues need to be advanced, not just infrastructure related issues,' said former Governor of Chiba Prefecture in Japan, Akiko Domoto...

date: 26 September 2012
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan enjoined the community of nations to 'imagine the benefits of future generations' and to act on their behalf, adding that the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station last year – a result of the 'Great East Japan Earthquake' – had led the Government to take steps to create a society not dependent on nuclear power by the 2030s...

by Flickr user ken2754@Yokohama / Ken FUNAKOSHI, Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/trektrack/4114329029/

date: 21 September 2012
Source(s): e-Travel Blackboard, Agents Support Systems Pty Ltd

The government developed an English and Japanese handbook with contents including what steps should be taken in the event of a natural disaster, coloured signage indicating the level of flooding, as well as a new tourism crisis information delivery system that will send out an alert prior to devastation hitting...

by Flickr user shibuya246, Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/shibuya246/5516612915/

date: 13 September 2012
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

According to the Japan Times, the plan aims to increase the number of homes that meet quake-resistance standards to 95 percent of the total by 2020 from 81 percent at present. The plan also contains measures to protect residents from radioactive substances from a nuclear power plant in a distant location, following the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 facility...

date: 31 August 2012
Source(s): Jiji Press, Ltd.

Preparing for the predicted massive earthquake in the Tokyo and Nankai region, the government of Japan announced that by 2016 all major train stations will be earthquake-proof. Learning from the great earthquakes of 2011, the target is to make 100 percent of the major stations quake-resistant...

date: 17 August 2012
Source(s): Voxy, Digital Advance Limited (Voxy)

Assembly areas at schools located by the coast, ill-conceived protection walls, inadequate evacuation plans leaving out the ageing population, and a feeling of over-confidence in the engineered structures to protect coastal cities, were some of the reasons for 20,000 people perishing in last year’s Japanese tsunami...

 Photo by  © UNISDR http://www.unisdr.org/archive/27835

date: 30 July 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'Children are not just a vulnerable group, but can play vital roles in their communities to prepare for future disasters. I would like to make sure that your proposals are shared and heard at the international level, and would welcome your further participation in the global discussions on disaster risk reduction,'said UNISDR chief Ms. Wahlström...

 Photo by  © UNISDR http://www.flickr.com/photos/isdr/7487573338/in/set-72157630388636316

date: 25 July 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'The basic premise of our plan focuses on disaster reduction by comprehensively promoting wide-scale disaster prevention construction and new methods in providing energy. We have made it a goal to strive for recovery as a disaster-resistant and environmental city at a new level,' said Vice Mayor of Sendai City, Mr. Yukimoto Ito...

 Photo by  ©M1K3Y  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/m1k3y/5615387345

date: 23 July 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'Both the government and companies should establish a new philosophy of disaster prevention that requires safety and disaster measures against any massive accident and disaster regardless of event probability,' the a report requested by the Japanese government found...

UN Photo/Mark Garten, http://www.unmultimedia.org/s/photo/detail/507/0507058.html

date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'The Rio+20 conference sets the stage for what many believe to be one of the most crucial global agreements of our time -- a new sustainable development framework. Negotiations leading-up to Rio identified disaster risk reduction and building resilience as critical factor for accelerating sustainable development'...

date: 6 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Bangkok (UNESCO BKK)

'Knowledge is our proven best defense against disasters, and education can enlist young people as leaders in and advocates for DRR in their communities. Education also allows us to learn from past disasters to ensure that they will never happen again,' said UNESCO Bangkok Director Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim...

 Photo by REM (rembcc) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rembcc/3955980090

date: 4 May 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'The private sector plays an instrumental role in mitigating the collective risks we face as people', said Father Jett Villarin, President of the Ateneo De Manila University, 'and BCP should be also taught in business schools to sustain the dialogue and practice among business entities'...

by Morten Harangen (DSB), DSB Direktoratet for samfunnssikkerhet og beredskap, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsb_norge/6188135393/

date: 20 April 2012
Source(s): PublicService.co.uk Ltd

Helena Lindberg presents the example of Sweden, where the 'whole-of-society' perspective on disaster resilience gained broad political support, leading to the creation of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)...

date: 17 April 2012
Source(s): Australian, the

The K Computer has been used to simulate the effects of earthquakes and floods after Japan's undersea megathrust earthquake and tsunami in March last year. 'As a national project, Japan is utilising the computer for its national strategy -- disaster mitigation,' said Masahiko Yamada, president of Fijitsu...

date: 4 April 2012
Source(s): New Straits Times, the (NST)

The lesson learned is 'we have to prepare for the worst and take any precautionary measures, even if we believe it will never happen,' said Noriyuki Shikata, deputy cabinet secretary for public affairs and director of global communication at the Prime Minister's Office...

date: 2 April 2012
Source(s): Japan Times Ltd., the

Curtis S. Chin writing for The Japan Times poses the question: 'Will Japan's politicians and bureaucrats come together and heed a simple lesson that other policymakers faced with massive rebuilding efforts have learned before — namely, that bigger is not always better on the road to recovery?'...

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