tsunami

It's party time in once-devastated Ofunato Bay as 'yakatabune'...
People eat dishes in a test cruise of the ‘yakatabune’ boat in Ofunato Bay on Jan. 13. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
OFUNATO, Iwate Prefecture--As a fun and lively symbol of recovery, a traditional "yakatabune" roofed party boat will soon set sail around Ofunato Bay, which was devastated by...
British writer will never forget surviving the Great Hanshin...
Jan. 17 marks exactly 20 years since the Kobe earthquake (aka Great Hanshin Earthquake), at the time the most devastating earthquake to have occurred in Japan since the Great...
EDITORIAL: Enhanced vigilance against natural disasters cannot be...
Elementary school children and their parents take part in a firefighting drill in the playground of a local school in Kobe's Tarumi Ward in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Great Hanshin Earthquake struck on this day 20 years ago, claiming 6,434 lives in Kobe and surrounding areas.
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...
VOX POPULI: Digital technology helps preserve memories, lessons...
A smartphone app developed by a team of Kyoto University researchers allows users to compare a recent photo of a site in Indonesia with a picture of the same place after the 2004 tsunami disaster. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In 1920, almost a quarter century after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the Sanriku coast of northeastern Japan, folklorist Kunio Yanagita (1875-1962) walked along...
PHOTO: Mourners remember those killed decade after Indian Ocean...
Two people give each other comfort on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the deadly Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. They are standing in front of a cenotaph that includes the names of 550 victims of the disaster who died in the area. (Masaru Komiyaji)
PHANG NGA, Thailand--On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Indian Ocean basin, many mourners wept and hugged as they...
Fukushima gathering objects to remember 2011 quake, tsunami,...
Parents of missing police officer Yuta Sato visit a destroyed patrol car left behind in the Hotokehama district of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 8. (Yasuo Kojima)
FUKUSHIMA--Although the top is completely gone and the rest of the vehicle a rusting hulk, a police car that helped save lives from the tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan...
Tohoku railway to absorb tsunami-hit line in bid to reinvigorate...
Rail track remains disconnected at Namiita Kaigan Station in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on the JR Yamada Line as of Dec. 19. (Shiori Tabuchi)
MORIOKA--A scenic section of a JR line that hugs the Sanriku coastline and was all but torn apart in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami will be transferred to a local railway,...
Court orders ministry to identify municipalities in survey on...
Debris and rubble from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are transferred to a school playground in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--The Osaka District Court ordered the Environment Ministry to reveal the names of local governments that agreed to accept or considered accepting debris from the 2011...
Miyagi installing stronger coastal forest bulwark against tsunami
Black pine seedlings are being planted on this earthen mound that will eventually stretch 40 kilometers along Miyagi Prefecture’s coastline and act as a forest barrier against future tsunamis. The seedlings are planted between timber barriers intended to protect them from high winds. (Yosuke Fukudome)
SENDAI--A new coastal forest is being planted along Miyagi Prefecture’s coastline as a buffer against future tsunami such as the massive one generated by the March 2011 Great ...
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...
Nautical charts to be revised to reflect unprecedented changes...
A dinghy of the Tenyo, a hydrographic survey vessel of the Japan Coast Guard, navigates Onagawa Bay. (Yosuke Fukudome)
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--About an hour into a Japan Coast Guard hydrographic survey mission, a crew member on lookout abruptly shouted for the dinghy to stop.
POINT OF VIEW/ Akira Kugiko: Public indifference to disaster...
Akira Kugiko holds up a photograph of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, devastated by the March 2011 tsunami. (Kazumasa Sugimura)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--I began relating accounts of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami one year after the disaster, and I started my own storytelling...
Electrical causes blamed for 30% of blazes in 2011 quake and...
An outlet that can suspend power distribution after detecting a tremor is installed at a shop at the Golden Hall of Toji temple in Kyoto. (Mari Endo)
Thirty percent of the fires that raged in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and in aftershocks during the following month were ignited by electrical causes,...
Tsunami-stricken town harvests rice for first time in 4 years
Farmers harvest rice in the Otomo district of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, for the first time in four years on Sept. 20. (Yosuke Fukudome)
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate Prefecture--As the Tohoku region enters harvest season, rice is being gathered here for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Kids harvest 'miracle' rice grown from stalks that survived 3/11...
Fifth-graders from a local elementary school harvest "miracle rice" in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on Sept. 14. (Mayumi Ueda)
TONDABAYASHI, Osaka Prefecture--A "miracle" rice crop grown from a handful of seeds that survived the devastating 2011 tsunami were harvested on Sept. 14, a sign of hope and...
Origami project takes off, thanks in part to a former first lady
Noriko Sato, right, folds an origami crane in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 31. (Masakazu Higashino)
ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--A project to sell novel paper cranes lovingly created by a trio of women living as evacuees after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster has...
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.
Fukushima student gets her wish by planting sakura tree of hope in ...
Rina Matsumoto, a high school student from Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, plants a cherry blossom tree at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development headquarters in Paris on Sept. 2. (Hideki Aota)
PARIS--A high school girl from Fukushima Prefecture who was forced to evacuate due to the nuclear crisis planted a sakura cherry tree in the French capital as a symbol of hope...