Tag - tsunami



A monument for the Great Kanto Earthquake on the premises of the education ministry in Tokyo
Apr 23, 2024
Use of disaster monument symbols expanding five years after launch
As of March, the number of these symbols put on maps maintained by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan has surpassed 2,000 nationwide.
People ride motorcycles near the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan, on Thursday.
Apr 4, 2024
Taiwan's strongest quake in 25 years kills at least nine, injures over 1,000
Scores of emergency workers were trying to shore up damaged buildings and demolish those deemed impossible to save.
Children are evacuated from a preschool in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, following tsunami warnings after a powerful earthquake struck off Taiwan on Wednesday morning.
Apr 3, 2024
Japan lifts tsunami advisory after strong quake hits Taiwan
Tsunami measuring at least 30 centimeters were observed at Yonaguni and Miyako islands, while waves as high as 20 cm also reached Ishigaki Island.
Taiwanese military personnel aide in rescue and relief efforts by searching for survivors in a damaged building in Hualien, Taiwan, after a major earthquake struck off the island's eastern coast.
Apr 3, 2024
Taiwan rocked by most powerful earthquake in 25 years
At least nine people were killed and more than 900 injured Wednesday by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan that prompted tsunami warnings.
High school students visit seawalls in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Thursday during a weeklong tour of areas hit by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in the prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 26, 2024
Students from wildfire-struck Hawaii learn about disaster recovery in Miyagi
The students visited four municipalities in Miyagi Prefecture to study their efforts to rebuild following the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.
The sun rises behind the "miracle pine" in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on Monday, the 13th anniversary of the March 11, 2011, disasters.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 11, 2024
Japan marks 13 years since quake-tsunami triggered nuclear disaster
Recovery remains an uphill task with up to 29,000 people still displaced and many still reaching out for mental health support.
Yusuke Ishikawa, a 49-year-old coroner with  the Miyagi Prefectural Police, is working to identify six remains of victims of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
Mar 11, 2024
Police continue work to identify 3/11 disaster victims
Officials are alarmed by a decrease in opportunities for the police to obtain information that could lead to victims being identified.
Schoolchildren wearing padded hoods to protect themselves from falling debris take part in an earthquake simulation drill at an elementary school in Tokyo in August 2018.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 10, 2024
13 years after 3/11, Japan's readiness for complex disasters remains inadequate
The Noto Peninsula earthquake has highlighted gaps in Japan's preparedness for a complex disaster, experts warn.
Residents of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, participate in a nuclear disaster drill at an evacuation facility in Kurihara on Jan. 20.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 9, 2024
Nuclear plant restart raises evacuation concerns in Miyagi
Residents near the Onagawa nuclear plant on Miyagi's Oshika Peninsula are concerned about whether they could evacuate swiftly if disaster strikes.
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.


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