Quake and Tsunami

FOUR YEARS AFTER: NTT Docomo to offer foreign language quake,...
The city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, faces the onslaught of tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Katsujiro Kakezono)
NTT Docomo Inc. is set to start a service that translates earthquake and tsunami alert messages into multiple languages for users of Android-based smartphones.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Students' vision realized with smart glasses...
Prototype smart glasses show how a Tohoku town appeared before the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Shinya Takagi)
Sendai website development firm DMP and Sony Corp. have teamed to create a pair of smart glasses that will show how the Tohoku region appeared before the devastation caused by...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Hold onto your futon when disaster strikes home
Eiji Aoyama, president of NA Tech, tests a prototype floatable futon in Lake Biwako in February 2014. (Provided by NA Tech)
HIGASHI-OMI, Shiga Prefecture--In cooperation with a Kyoto University laboratory, a local company here has developed a floatable futon that users can cling to as a lifesaving...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Seismic device can reproduce any quake
A 1/40 scale model of a building undergoes a seismic test at a Shimizu Corp. facility in Tokyo on March 4. (Takashi Kamiguri)
To promote protection against natural disasters, Shimizu Corp. developed a device that can reproduce the vibrations of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded, including the...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Blood problems continue to plague residents at...
Temporary housing for evacuees from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 31, 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cases of blood clots among evacuees living in temporary housing units in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures have risen significantly in the past four years, research shows.
3-D project under way to preserve data of disaster-ravaged...
A 3-D laser scanner is used to collect structural data at the Koyasu Kannondo temple in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 16. The temple was damaged by tsunami spawned by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Yasuo Kojima)
FUKUSHIMA--A university museum and other organizations have launched a project to preserve the images and data of buildings destroyed by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake...
Tectonic stress levels off northeastern Japan back to pre-disaster ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Pressure exerted by tectonic plate movement off Tohoku that triggered the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has returned to pre-disaster levels, seismologists say.
Bereaved families to decide fate of tsunami-gutted school building
The shell of the main building of Okawa Elementary School remains as the day when it was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Shunichi Kawabata)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Nearly four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, discussion of the fate of a damaged school building that was engulfed by the tsunami...
Court rules driving school responsible for 26 tsunami-related...
Family members of victims of the March 11, 2011, tsunami hold up photos of their loved ones during a news conference on Jan. 13. (Yosuke Fukudome)
SENDAI--The district court here blamed a driving school for the deaths of 26 people in the 2011 tsunami and ordered it to pay 1.91 billion ($16.2 million) in compensation to...
Overturned phone booth used to 'contact' tsunami victims to be...
Itaru Sasaki surveys the damage to his "Kaze no Denwa Box" in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on Jan. 8. (Masataka Yamaura)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--A nonworking telephone booth used by grieving family members after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami is set to undergo repairs after it was...
Gutted structure to be preserved as reminder of tsunami devastation
The disaster-management center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, in November 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SENDAI--The shell of a municipal building that stands as a symbol of the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami disaster is to be taken over by the Miyagi prefectural...
Judicial process wears out parents seeking truth about tsunami...
Family members of kindergarten children killed in the 2011 tsunami head to settlement discussions in Sendai on Dec. 3. (Norihiko Kuwabara)
Worn down, frustrated and weary of excuses and denials, Ryo Shibuya sat in front of the Buddhist altar at his home in Miyagi Prefecture and apologized to a picture of his dead...
Megaquake risk higher for areas along Japan's Pacific coast
The Asahi Shimbun
The likelihood of a catastrophic quake striking within 30 years was higher in areas along the Pacific coast, including densely populated parts of the Kanto region, according to ...
Alumni of tsunami-stricken school campaign for preserving damaged...
The damaged main building of Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although only the shell of an elementary school in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, remains from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, former students are campaigning ...
Families mourn tsunami victims, seek answers from bank employer
Nagako Tanno sits on a chair and weeps on Nov. 11 at the former site of 77 Bank’s Onagawa branch in Miyagi Prefecture. Her eldest daughter was swept away by the tsunami spawned by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Takaharu Yagi)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--Family members of 12 bank employees killed or left missing in the 2011 tsunami offered prayers on Nov. 11 and again asked if their loved ones could...
Survey: 303 municipalities to use religious facilities for...
Katsuura Mayor Hisao Saruta, left, and Kyozui Toda, head of the local Buddhism temples' association, show off an agreement on disaster cooperation at the city office in  Chiba Prefecture in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Despite the separation of church and state in Japan, an increasing number of local municipalities formed partnerships with religious institutions following the 2011 Great East...
Tsunami-destroyed neighborhoods returning in 3-D worlds
A 3-D virtual panoramic view of Iwanuma's Ninokura and Hasegama areas (Provided by Akinobu Murakami)
Memories of communities lost to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are being brought back to life through the magic of 3-D imagery.
More than 10,000 students affected by 2011 disasters still in...
Elementary school students in Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three years after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, more than 11,000 students from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures are...
'Uitemate' technique that saved lives in 2011 tsunami spreading...
The Asahi Shimbun
A simple technique for surviving while awaiting rescue at sea that saved the lives of teachers and children following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is...
Otsuchi residents marking 3-year tsunami disaster hit with...
The old town hall building of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, being demolished on June 11 (Kengo Hiyoshi)
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--As grieving family members arrived at the devastated town hall here on June 11 to pray for those who died more than three years ago in the tsunami,...