Tag - tsunami



Visnu CEO Ryosuke Chiba explains an AI-equipped security camera his company is developing for the city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on Feb. 22.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 27, 2024
Japan firms look to AI to bolster disaster prevention and mitigation
Tools are being developed to focus on getting timely information to the relevant parties to facilitate evacuation.
Yasuhiro Otomo and Miku Narisawa during one of Odyssey Nature Japan's educational fishing programs.
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 22, 2024
A young 3/11 survivor and her vow to protect the ocean
At 12, Miku Narisawa experienced a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed her home. Now she is working to protect it.
An evacuee keeps himself warm around a heater at an evacuation center in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, in January.
Feb 19, 2024
70% of areas at risk of tsunami have not run winter shelter drills
Estimates show that a tsunami following a Japan Trench quake could result in as many as 42,000 deaths from hypothermia.
Keiko Onodera (left), who wrote "Thoughts of a Zelkova," and Misato Kikuta, who illustrated the short story, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, in October
Jan 28, 2024
Tree that saved eight from 2011 tsunami celebrated through storytelling
The zelkova in Kesennuma has gained popularity among locals owing to its folklore as a "protector of the people."
Snow falls on collapsed buildings in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 7, as the area began to look toward recovery from the massive earthquake that struck on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society / Longform
Jan 17, 2024
'Noto is kind, right down to its soil': A community's long road to recovery
Volunteers are coming together to help each other in the wake of disaster. However, eventually isolated rural villages will need rethinking.
Collapsed houses in Misaki in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 11 following an earthquake and tsunami on New Year's Day
Jan 17, 2024
Evacuation drills paid off in tsunami-hit Noto area in Japan
As soon as the temblor struck, residents prepared themselves for a tsunami wave. "It wasn't a miracle. The drills paid off," one resident said.
The Shika nuclear plant in Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 4
Jan 10, 2024
Three-meter tsunami recorded at Japan nuclear plant after quake
The plant is 11 meters above sea level and protected by a 4-meter seawall built after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
The remains of a shopping district that caught fire in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, due to the New Year's Day earthquake
Jan 5, 2024
Japan ushers in a bruising beginning for 2024
Japan has learned from past disasters and mistakes and must continue to do so.
A damaged sake store in the town of Himi, Toyama Prefecture, following a major earthquake on Monday
JAPAN / First person
Jan 4, 2024
How Japan's violent New Year's quake felt in Toyama
What it feels like to be near a quake that shifts a house left and right, forward and backward.
A man inspects what remains of his liquor shop which was burnt down by a fire, in the aftermath of an earthquake, in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Thursday.
Jan 4, 2024
Death toll rises in Ishikawa as rescue effort continues amid poor weather
Rain and snow might lead to landslides where the ground is loose as a result of continuing quakes.
Evacuees rest at a shelter in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture
Jan 3, 2024
In pictures: Rescue efforts continue three days after Ishikawa earthquake
Scenes from Day 3 after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of the scenic Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on New Year's Day.
Firefighters inspect earthquake-damaged houses in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Tuesday.
Jan 3, 2024
Heed the warning of Japan’s New Year's Day earthquake
That so few deaths happened in Japan's Noto region, even in areas with the most severe shaking, isn’t down to luck.
Firefighters inspect collapsed wooden houses in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Tuesday, a day after a major 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Noto region in the prefecture.
Jan 3, 2024
Ishikawa quake rescue efforts ramp up as crucial time window narrows
Over 33,000 people are staying in evacuation centers with limited access to electricity and water.
A road in the town of Uchinada, north of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, is seen liquefied and uplifted by Monday's earthquake.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 3, 2024
Reverse fault may be responsible for Japan quake, experts say
The panel said it believes the quake was caused by a reverse fault, when the upper hanging wall of a fault is displaced upward away from the footwall.
An aerial view shows fire after the earthquake in a residential area of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday.
Jan 3, 2024
In pictures: The aftermath of the New Year's Day quake in Japan
Scenes of the aftermath of an earthquake, registered at the highest level on Japan’s intensity scale, that struck a coastal area as the nation was marking New Year’s Day.
A collapsed building in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Tuesday following Monday's earthquake
Jan 2, 2024
Dozens killed as Japan assesses damage from massive quake
The Monday afternoon quake led to the collapse of multiple buildings, caused landslides and sparked a large-scale fire in a popular tourist area.
The torii gate at Ono-Hiyoshi Shrine in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, collapsed after a powerful earthquake hit the area Monday.
Jan 1, 2024
Strong quake prompts tsunami warning for Japan's western coast
Residents were said to be trapped in collapsed buildings following the quake, which measured a 7 on Japan's intensity scale — the highest level.
Naoya Maekawa, an associate professor at Fukushima University, speaks of the importance of passing on lessons from Japan's 2011 disasters.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Dec 18, 2023
Knowledge of 2011 disaster declining among young, survey shows
An academic behind the survey says memories of the disaster are fading.
Eiko Takeuchi talks about a traffic jam during last winter’s heavy snow along National Route 8 in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, on Sept. 18.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Dec 11, 2023
Evacuation plans for nuclear incidents called into question
Effectiveness of preparations as a “last line of defense” to save residents in the event of a nuclear disaster are in doubt.
Areas highlighted in blue indicate regions where tsunami was forecast.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 3, 2023
Japan lifts tsunami warning after strong quake jolts Philippines
A powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines late Saturday, followed by four major aftershocks that sent residents fleeing from coastal areas.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves