Quake and Tsunami

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,...
Fishing vessel swept away by tsunami reunited with owner
Kazuo Matsukawa, center, is reunited with his fishing boat Matsukazu Maru in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on May 30. (Kazuo Yamagishi)
ITOMAN, Okinawa Prefecture--A small fishing boat that was adrift for three years and two months after the March 2011 tsunami is now on display in this town.
Miyagi town marker, washed up in Canada after 2011 tsunami, comes...
Hiroki Takai, a staff member of the International Volunteer University Student Association, holds a marker from Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, that washed ashore in a Canadian town after it was swept up by the March 11, 2011, tsunami. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
A plastic boundary marker belonging to a town in northeastern Japan, swept out to sea by the March 2011 tsunami and ending up on a beach in Canada, has made the long journey...
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...