Quake and Tsunami

Manga artist warns of dangers of quake-driven soil liquefaction
A page from "Ashita, Jishin ga Yattekuru!" (An earthquake comes tomorrow!) ((c) Asuka Setoridone/ Kadokawa Enterbrain)
URAYASU, Chiba Prefecture--Artist and writer Asuka Setori was working on a one-shot girls' manga in her apartment at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, when the magnitude-9.0 Great...
IHI unveils tsunami-proof 'Noah's Ark' for those unable to flee
The exterior of a tsunami lifeboat developed by IHI Corp. (Takumi Fujii)
AIOI, Hyogo Prefecture--Shipbuilder IHI Corp. has unveiled an unsinkable lifeboat for people unable to reach safe high ground in the event of a tsunami and for those physically ...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Miyagi town starts demolition of proposed 3/11...
Demolition work begins March 3 on the four-story Onagawa Supplement building that was toppled in the 2011 tsunami in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--Demolition work began here March 3 on a toppled building that many townspeople wanted to preserve as a memorial to the devastation caused by the...
Survey shows 30% of children in disaster areas suffer from PTSD
Children release fish at a beach in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 30 percent of children affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami suffered from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), such as a prolonged state of anxiety...
Ishinomaki holds final exhibition of items swept away by tsunami
Items recovered from the March 2011 tsunami, such as photos and student yearbooks, are on display in the Kahoku Sogo Center in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb. 28, a day before the opening of the exhibition. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Recovered personal items that were washed away by the March 2011 tsunami are on display for the last time at an exhibition that opened March 1 in ...
Handicrafts made from kimono that survived tsunami will be sold in ...
Yuriko Shimizu, left, and Hiroko Kida pose with their handmade products from kimono in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. (Takeshi Aose)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Spared from the tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake, kimono that had been in two women's families here for generations will be...
Kin of American teacher donate locally crafted bookshelves to...
Andy Anderson, father of Taylor, left, and Shinichi Endo, right, chat with kindergarten pupils in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, during a ceremony to present books and bookcases for the “Taylor Collection” in December. (Shunichi Kawabata)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Over the last few years, the family of an American teacher who perished here in the Great East Japan Earthquake and a bereaved local artisan have ...
Miyagi library to make 3/11 disaster records available on Internet
Materials from a resident that were on display at the Kaneyama Town Development Center in Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, are currently being housed at the Miyagi Prefectural Library in Izumi Ward in Sendai. Handwritten notes are scrawled on the back of the calendar. (Katsumi Hino)
The Miyagi Prefectural Library plans to digitize records and other items such as leaflets, booklets, photographs and videos about the Great East Japan Earthquake and make them...
Damage from Tokyo earthquake put at 300 trillion yen
Yoshiaki Kawata, vice president of the Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute, gives a lecture during a symposium in Tokyo on Nov. 20. (Makiko Ikenaga)
A magnitude-7.3 earthquake below Tokyo could cause 300 trillion yen ($3 trillion) in economic damage, according to a member of a government advisory council on natural...
Coastal community that heeded tsunami lessons of the past still...
The Yoshihama district in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, faces the Pacific Ocean. The tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 reached right below the road in the front. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--The wisdom of people long dead spared a seaside community here the calamity that befell coastal cities and towns in northeastern Japan when a massive ...
Hundreds of hectares of coastal dunes and forests lost due to...
This map shows an area that was a tidal flat or swamp in 1908. (Provided by the Environment Ministry)
Hundreds of hectares of sand dunes and forests have been lost along coastal areas from Aomori to Chiba prefectures that were inundated by tsunami generated by the Great East...
7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan; no damage reports
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant early on Oct. 26, triggering small tsunamis but causing no damage.
Student-designed app for emergencies wins industry ministry’s...
Three screens for the smarphone app SHelper are shown. The image at left is the startup screen, the one in the middle shows the user's location and the one at right shows nearby evacuation centers. (Provided by Miyagi Technical High School)
Instead of the typical gaming or social networking app, a group of high school students used their first-hand experiences from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and...
Survivors debate whether to preserve symbols of 3/11 disaster
The tsunami-wrecked disaster management center in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, will be torn down. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Dangerous pieces of the disaster management center building swamped by the 2011 tsunami were removed, but calls have grown to dismantle the...
Work to remove reminder of 2011 tsunami more than halfway done
Workers on Oct. 10 dismantle a fishing boat that was swept from its port into the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, by the 2011 tsunami. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Work is well under way here to dismantle a stranded fishing boat that has served as a powerful reminder of the 2011 tsunami disaster.
20% of fire stations at risk of collapse in major earthquake
A water tower truck at a fire station in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hundreds of fire stations, their headquarters or branches may not be up to the challenge of providing firefighting and rescue operations in a major earthquake, according to the ...
Quake-ravaged town to raze tsunami-hit building
The tsunami-wrecked disaster prevention center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, is scheduled to be demolished. (Yoshiyuki Ito)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--In the minutes after the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake that ravaged this northeastern town, Miki Endo rushed to the disaster...
Court rules kindergarten liable for sending children home who died ...
Bereaved families of children who died in tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake walk to the Sendai District Court on Sept. 17 to hear its ruling. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
SENDAI--Bereaved family members of four children on a bus who died in the March 2011 tsunami wept for joy on Sept. 17 after the Sendai District Court ordered a kindergarten in...
With no closure from tsunami, fisherman prays before empty grave...
Fisherman Yoshinori Iwatsuki prays before the grave of his wife, Kimiko, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sept. 11. Her remains have not been found. (Shinichi Iizuka)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Yoshinori Iwatsuki bows his head and says a prayer in front of a gravestone here, unsure if his words will be heard.
PHOTO: Workers begin removal of ship washed inland by 3/11 tsunami
Workers prepare to take apart the Kyotoku Maru in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sept. 9. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--On March 11, 2011, a towering tsunami slammed into a residential district of this northeastern city, carrying with it a 330-ton fishing boat.