Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2011


The Japan earthquake and tsunami prompted extensive damage, including the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

An integrated evacuation simulation method that combines a numerical communication model on social networks and a detailed physical evacuation simulation is developed in this paper.
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (Elsevier)
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This paper constructs an evacuation decision-making model that takes cognitive dissonance into consideration. The purpose of this construction is to clarify the psychological mechanism for the evacuation behavior of residents during an emergency
Natural Hazards (Springer)
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This study aims to confirm whether there was an association between sea visibility and coastal proximity and mental health.
Scientific Reports (Nature)
To understand the longer term consequences of natural disasters for global value chains, this paper examines trade in the automobile and electronic sectors after the 2011 earthquake in Japan.
World Bank, the
Ten years of interdisciplinary studies since the disastrous Tohoku-oki earthquake have improved knowledge of earthquakes but the prediction of such events remains elusive.
Eos - AGU
Impact of the Japan tsunami in 2011
Ian McKinley, Shinichi Nakayama and Susie Hardie consider how recovery has progressed at Fukushima Daiichi and what lessons can be learned for the future
Nuclear Engineering International
This report details how previous studies have documented the negative impacts and unexpected secondary effects of post-disaster housing development. Here, it builds on this tradition to explore how post-disaster urban planning and risk mitigation measures affect internal migrations after a major disaster.
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (Elsevier)
"Double Debt Disaster" examines an increasingly serious and widespread, yet underexamined, phenomenon: obstacles to recovery from catastrophes caused by the concurrence of pre-disaster obligations with post-disaster capital needs and the destruction of collateral assets. No case is more instructive for understanding these problems than the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which entered history as the costliest disaster prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
German Institute for Japanese Studies

The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and ensuing tsunami took more than 18.000 lives and wreaked untold damage.

The key takeaways of this edition are:

  • The 2011 earthquake exceeded assumptions of Japan's authorities in terms of magnitude and
Swiss Reinsurance Company
This article commemorates the disaster by reflecting on what it has taught us over in regards to infrastructure resilience, risk identification and preparedness.
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