A month after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunamis that hit Japan on 11th March, 2001 (14:46 JST), the death toll continues to rise. The numbers now exceed 13,000 – Japan’s greatest human loss since WWII – and are expected to reach up to 27,000.

The worst hit prefectures include Iwate, Miyagi, Aomori and Fukushima. This region is historically vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis due to the Japan Trench and the geographic characteristics of Ria coastlines.      
However, the vastness of the damage that spreads over more than 600 kms has made it difficult for information to reach the local level. Relief operations have been also been affected by the numerous aftershocks and the rising concerns over nuclear radiation. The nuclear meltdown in Fukushima has now been classified at the highest severity level (only used once before in the Chernobyl case).

The affected areas were also a key producer of crops and fish for the rest of the country. With the paddy fields and fisheries destroyed, there is a crucial need for immediate livelihood support [especially for the first 3 months] and the development of “cash for work” systems.

The Great East Japan (Tohoku Kanto) Earthquake and Tsunami of 11th March 2011 A report by International Environment and Disaster Management, Kyoto University

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