Quake and Tsunami

Tsunami-hit towns in Tohoku shaken by alarming rate of population...
Municipalities particularly hard-hit by the earthquake and tsunami disaster five years ago are reeling from drops in population that were projected to occur over decades due to ...
In post-3/11 Japan, seismologists look to history for improved...
The Asahi Shimbun
Seismologists were dealt a bitter blow in failing to anticipate the magnitude-9.0 earthquake occurring in the Tohoku region in 2011, not taking history into account.
Coastal areas of tsunami-ravaged prefecture still hurt by drop in...
Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture was devastated by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake. This photo was taken on March 12, 2011, a day after the disaster. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SENDAI--Tsunami-stricken coastal areas of Miyagi Prefecture registered significant population declines, but the overall number of residents dropped only slightly due to an...
Coastal Iwate suffers population loss of 8% following 2011 disaster
Debris fills the downtown area of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, a day after it was engulfed by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MORIOKA, Iwate Prefecture--Coastal regions of the prefecture that suffered major damage in the 2011 tsunami have experienced a population decline of 8.3 percent, according to...
PHOTO: Tsunami-ravaged beach welcomes New Year's prayers with new...
Local residents and voluteer workers enact a torii religious gate on Nobiru beach in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 26. (Yosuke Fukudome)
HIGASHI-MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Local residents and volunteer workers from elsewhere erected a symbolic torii gate on Dec. 26 for New Year worshippers on Nobiru beach,...
Earthquake panel predicts 6 meters of swaying in high-rises if big ...
A worker examines earthquake safety equipment that controls vibrations installed at a Tokyo metropolitan government building in the capital’s Shinjuku Ward on Dec. 15. (Kenji Matsuzawa)
Skyscrapers in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka could sway up to 6 meters during a major earthquake originating in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast of Honshu, a government panel...
Pet cats purr again upon return after long post-3/11 separation...
Mai Suzuki and her cat So in their home in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture (Provided by Mai Suzuki)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--A family whose house was washed away in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami has finally been reunited with its two surviving cats after...
Offspring of cow that survived tsunami enters national cattle fair
Itsuki Tsuchiya, left, a student at the Miyagi prefectural agricultural high school, tends to Spica, an offspring of a cow that survived the 2011 tsunami, with Misuzu Sugawara, center, and Yumi Soga, also students at the school in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sept. 15. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
NATORI, Miyagi Prefecture--The offspring of a cow that survived the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster will feature in a cattle fair known as the Olympics for Holsteins later ...
Parts of shrine gates swept away in 2011 tsunami reunited with...
Workers measure the length of “kasagi” at Yokohama Customs on Sept. 18. (Yuhei Kyono)
YOKOHAMA--After more than four years and a long journey across the Pacific, parts of “torii” gates at a Shinto shrine in Aomori Prefecture that were apparently washed away...
New photos show tsunami pummeling Otsuchi town hall, unprepared...
The tsunami carries away cars parked at the former Otsuchi town hall at 3:26:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011.
OTSUCHI, Iwate Prefecture--Photos taken by a town employee who narrowly escaped death in the 2011 disaster show Otsuchi government officials calmly working, unaware of the...
2011 quake likely failed to push Japan to meeting target of...
The Asahi Shimbun
Even after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, only an estimated 82 percent of homes in Japan were deemed quake resistant in 2013, a 3-percentage point increase over ...
Computers to save the day in airport disaster scenario
Tsunami generated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake rendered the runway at Sendai Airport inoperable. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Commercial aircraft destined for Narita or Haneda airports will be automatically diverted to alternative landing sites in the event natural disasters shut down both facilities...
Gutted tsunami-hit structure to be preserved as memorial
The tsunami-wrecked disaster management center building in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, will be preserved as a memorial. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--The skeletal steel frame of a building that stands as a symbol of the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami disaster is to be preserved as a ...
Residents of tsunami-hit island call for lower seawall to preserve ...
Plywood walls of 2.3 meters and 3.3 meters in height are seen in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on April 16. Residents say a proposed 3.3-meter tsunami barrier would destroy their views of the ocean. (Yosuke Fukudome)
SHIOGAMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Despite their experience of the deadly tsunami four years ago, residents of Nonoshima island do not want a high seawall erected that spoils views...
For tsunami-hit town, preserving disaster symbol becoming a taboo...
The skeletal framework of a building that housed the town’s disaster response center is reflected on puddle in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. The building, destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, is at the center of debate over possible preservation. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MINAMI-SANRIKU, Miyagi Prefecture--Every week, a woman prays in front of the rusted skeletal framework of a building that once housed this town’s disaster response center,...
Tsunami-ravaged city releases 10,000 images of disaster,...
Central Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 12, 2011, a day after the earthquake and tsunami disaster (Provided by the Great East Japan Earthquake digital archives support center)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--This tsunami-ravaged northeastern city has released 10,500 images online of the destruction caused by the 2011 disaster and subsequent...
Self-elevating sea walls able to counter tsunami hundreds of...
Flap gates rise in a test at Nagoya University on April 7. (Taku Hosokawa)
NAGOYA--Researchers say coastal barriers that use the force of waves to elevate automatically, and so spread the impact of tsunami or storm surges, proved effective in...
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...