Japanese Tsunami 2011

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, claiming the lives of more than 15,000 people. It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world. In the aftermath, a state of emergency was declared following the failure of the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the evacuation of nearby residents. Radiation levels inside the plant were up to 1,000 times normal levels, and those outside the plant were up to eight times normal levels. 

Fresh earthquake fears in Japan as scientists warn over plate stress levels

The March 2011 tsunami in Japan destroyed the city of Kesennuma. As the fourth anniversary approaches, there are fresh fears of another quake. Photo: AFP

As Japan prepares to mark the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, scientists have warned that stress levels in the tectonic plates that triggered the magnitude-9 tremor are once again building to worrying levels.

Friday, 6 February, 2015, 12:28pm 1 comment

Japanese newspaper apologises over author's claim that Jews caused 2011 earthquake and tsunami

Richard Koshimizu claims Jewish people were behind Japan's 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster. Photo: MCT

A Japanese daily newspaper has apologised for carrying an advertisement for books by an author who claims Jewish people were behind the country's 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster.

7 Dec 2014 - 5:24am 1 comment

US$30b in Japanese tsunami reconstruction money remains unspent

Tsunami survivor Keiko Abe is still waiting for permanent accommodation three-and-a-half years after the disaster. Photo: Reuters

Thirty billion US dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three-and-a-half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank.

3 Nov 2014 - 8:00pm 2 comments

Quake measuring 6.8 causes small tsunami on Japan's northeastern shores

Seismologist Yasuhiro Yoshida explains the quake. Photo: AFP

Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant was an aftershock of the quake that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami.

13 Jul 2014 - 9:38am 1 comment

Japan marks third anniversary of tsunami, Fukushima nuclear crisis

A Buddhist monk offers prayers for the victims of the 2011 earthquake-tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan. Photo: EPA

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary on Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead, destroyed coastal communities and triggered a nuclear crisis.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

Scientists set sail for source of future quakes off Japan

Scientists set sail for source of future quakes off Japan

The scientists aboard the deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu weighed anchor and are heading for a spot in the ocean off the Kii peninsula, southwestern Japan, and a fracture in the earth's crust known as the Nankai Trough.

14 Sep 2013 - 3:00am

Ship that symbolised devastation of Japanese tsunami broken up

Workers prepare to scrap the fishing boat Kyotoku-maru in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture. Photo: AFP

Workers in Japan yesterday began scrapping a large fishing boat that was swept far inland by the 2011 tsunami and became one of the most poignant symbols of the disaster.

10 Sep 2013 - 1:46am

Japanese town votes to scrap fishing boat marooned by tsunami

The Kikuta family observe a moment's silence at the site where their house once stood beside the stranded fishing vessel Kyotoku Maru. Photo: AP

A stranded fishing boat that became a symbol of the devastation of Japan's 2011 tsunami has long divided a northeastern coastal city - between those who wanted to keep it as a monument of survival and those who wanted a painful reminder gone.

14 Aug 2013 - 1:30am

Ex-boss of tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant dies of cancer

Masao Yoshida in November 2011 before he became ill. Photo: AP

The former boss of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, who stayed at his post to try to tame runaway reactors after the 2011 tsunami, died of cancer yesterday. Masao Yoshida, 58, was at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) station on March 11, 2011, when towering waves swamped cooling systems and sparked meltdowns that released plumes of radiation. He was admitted to hospital in November.

10 Jul 2013 - 11:04pm 1 comment

Japanese earthquake and tsunami films

Survivors walk amid the real devastation caused by the Tohoku disaster in Natori, Miagi Prefecture, just a few days after the earthquake and tsunami. Photo: AFP

Japanese filmmakers reacted quickly to the disaster - but their angle of approach often differed from that of the local mass media, which tended to follow the government line, while taking care never to show the bodies of victims.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

Tsunami boat washed up in US found to have live fish on board

A striped beakfish swims in the bait box on the boat. Photo: AP

Since a tsunami struck Japan more than two years ago, a variety of debris has washed up on US beaches - including large boat docks and a soccer ball, found in Washington state's Olympic National Park, from the Otsuchi Soccer Club.

8 Apr 2013 - 4:45am

Tepco faces US$2b lawsuit as more US soldiers join action for Fukushima exposure

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe tours the emergency operation centre of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma. Photo: Reuters

Tokyo Electric Power's bill for its Fukushima nuclear disaster may swell as more United States military personnel join a lawsuit charging the utility with lying about radiation levels they faced while assisting relief efforts after Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

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12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am

Survivors of 2011 Japanese quake and tsunami struggle to rebuild their lives

A father and son take part in a demonstration against nuclear power that was held near the Diet in Tokyo yesterday, on the eve of the second anniversary of Japan's tsunami and nuclear disaster. Photo: AFP

Two years after a quake and tsunami hit Japan's northeast, there is a fresh impetus to find the 2,676 people whose bodies have never been recovered.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:52pm

Japan's fault lines still a worry, two years after quake

Japan's fault lines still a worry, two years after quake

Japan is in a cold burn now; cool on the exterior, simmering underneath. It's obvious in a geological sense; Japan sits above an unstable hot zone, but it's also a metaphor for a seemingly stable but deeply volatile and incendiary political system.

11 Mar 2013 - 9:01am