2011.06.10


Mw= 9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake:A recent situation


The earthquake disaster on 11 March 2011 was an event of the century not only for Japan. With a magnitude of Mw = 9.0, it was one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded worldwide. Almost three month has passed since the earthquake and tsunami occurred on March 11, and as of June 9, the number of death from the disaster has increased over 23,500, with 15,401 people confirmed dead and 8,146 still missing and about 91,523 people are staying in evacuation centers or their relatives throughout Japan, National Police Agency reported.

At the area stricken by the earthquake in the northeast coast of Japan, three prefectures still need some help for a long time in a variety of ways. According to Cabinet Secretariat’s Volunteers Coordination Office, about 363,600 people have given their time in three prefectures since the March 11 quake and tsunami. But the numbers have seen a substantial drop following the end of Golden Week starting from April 29 to May 8. These three prefectures will need volunteers to provide many types of assistance for locals. The disaster volunteer center predicts that removing rubble and cleaning up streets, or what they call "disaster volunteering," will come to an end by late June or early July and the focus of efforts will move on to supporting locals in other ways, including helping those living in temporary housing.