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Efforts made to archive 2011 Japan disaster data to pass on lessons

Source(s):  Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd., the - Mainichi Daily news, the

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Entities in Japan have been stepping up efforts to archive data of the 2011 devastating quake-tsunami disaster in the northeast, such as documents, pictures and video footage to pass on lessons of the catastrophe as people's memory fades.


The Great East Japan Earthquake Archive, an online portal site run by the National Diet Library, had some 4.45 million disaster-related digital items as of last December, nearly doubling from 2.39 million when the project began in 2013.


The digital archive, now connected to over 50 databases of entities including local governments struck by the disaster, media and universities in addition to the library's own collections, features survivors' testimonies and firsthand public records such as a diary kept at an evacuation shelter in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture.


The library's system helps users search for data using keywords as well as themes of categories ranging from disaster preparedness, damage reports, relief efforts and aid for reconstruction.


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  • Publication date 07 Mar 2021

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