Tag - earthquakes



Apr 6, 2014
Nuclear emergency evacuation plans lagging in 11 prefectures: survey
Efforts to estimate residential evacuation times for nuclear power plant accidents are behind schedule in several prefectures, a survey finds.
Japan Times
Apr 3, 2014
Back on track: Sanriku Railway's long road to recovery
Apr 1, 2014
Reducing disaster-related deaths
The government outlines a policy of reducing by 80 percent in 10 years the death toll of 332,000 currently anticipated from the next massive quake in Japan, which is predicted to happen off the Pacific coasts stretching from Shizuoka Prefecture to Shikoku.
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2014
Earthquake action plan wins approval
Japan approves a 10-year program aimed at reducing the more than 300,000 casualties projected under the Nankai Trough earthquake scenario by 80 percent.
Mar 26, 2014
Estimated death toll in Nagoya from Nankai quake increased significantly
A magnitude-9.0 earthquake along the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan could kill as many as 6,700 people in Nagoya, 1.5 times the number previously estimated, the municipal government said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2014
Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified
For the last few years, a group of international scientists has been reassessing the cause of the March 2011 tsunami that inundated the Tohoku coastline.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2014
Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses
The staggering loss of life and property still overwhelms people who were caught up in the historic magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast three years ago, and for many of the survivors, rebuilding their lives has been a slow process.
Mar 11, 2014
JR West stages Kii tsunami exercise
In preparation for an anticipated major quake in the Nankai Trough, West Japan Railway Co. held an earthquake emergency drill Tuesday on the southern coastline of the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2014
267,000 still evacuees three years on
About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift facilities nationwide as Japan marks the third anniversary Tuesday of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku that triggered an unprecedented nuclear crisis.
Mar 10, 2014
Three years after 3/11, how is the Tohoku recovery effort going?
In the waiting room at Tokyo Station, Liane Wakabayashi asked passengers en route to Tohoku for their opinions on recovery efforts since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which devastated the region three years ago.
Mar 8, 2014
Tsunami zone's village culture fades into fog of history
We can better appreciate what Tohoku's shoreline villages represented now that they have been washed away and former residents are marooned in soulless temporary housing ghettoes where the greatest risks are isolation and boredom.
Mar 6, 2014
East Asia should build resilience through disaster-relief cooperation
The president of Soka Gakkai International urges Japan, China and South Korea to take the initiative in building a model of cooperation that will serve to mutually strengthen regional resilience to extreme-weather events and other disasters.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2014
Tohoku finding real recovery hard to come by
Yumiko Onodera is a survivor. She saw her town of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, devastated by gigantic tsunami and ensuing fire from damaged heavy oil tanks at the major fishery port on March 11, 2011.
Mar 1, 2014
Fukushima's appalling death toll
As the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake approaches, new studies show that more people have died of stress and other mental illnesses than from causes directly linked to the triple '3/11' disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown.
Japan Times
Feb 10, 2014
Tsunami-hit shop has salty sweets
A confectioner whose shop was destroyed by tsunami from the March 2011 mega-quake off Tohoku is targeting the Valentine's Day market with a chocolate flavored by sea salt from the damaged area.
Japan Times
Jan 11, 2014
Dire quake forecasts fail to stir a numb public
Is there a level of fear above which the mind reflexively retreats from imagining the worst? The Great East Japan Earthquake was often described as being 'beyond imagination,' and the art and science of projecting future catastrophes has had to adjust accordingly.
Dec 30, 2013
10 prefectures say Nankai quake toll may top state's estimates
Ten prefectures predict they will see more deaths than the state's estimate if a big earthquake occurs along the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, based on tougher conditions, such as the collapse of seawalls and coastal embankments, a Kyodo News study found.
Japan Times
Dec 27, 2013
Researcher sees digital maps as key to understanding, alleviating crises
'Maps put into pictures what policymakers traditionally see in numbers,' says Elise Montiel-Welti, a researcher at Doshisha University who produces digital maps to explain global crises. 'They also put us in perspective: We can see how small we are in the face of huge disasters or conflicts.'
Japan Times
Dec 16, 2013
Kyojima: Tokyo's epicenter of disaster risk?
Kyojima in eastern Tokyo is a perfect storm of natural-disaster risk, but while the metropolitan government is trying to get old people out, young people are moving in.
Nov 23, 2013
Tohoku's Great Forest Wall Project
A project to plant nearly 300 km of trees along the northeast coast from Iwate to Miyagi to Fukushima will help to protect people and their way of life.


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