Four years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

38 students from Ura-Bandai participated in a “Smile Camp” held by Fukushima Red Cross branch last year, giving children affected by the nuclear disaster an opportunity to forget their problems and enjoy the prefecture’s pristine nature. Japanese Red  Cross Society

On 11 March 2011, Japan was struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, with an epicentre 130 kilometres off the countries’northeast coast. The earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami, with waves estimated to have reached over  30 metres in some places. The disaster also caused a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Four years have now passed since the disaster and although there have been delays in rebuilding communities there has been some significant  progress in the reconstruction and restoration of essential services in towns and communities along the battered coastline. The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) has been instrumental in rebuilding hospitals, medical facilities, kindergartens and public housing. Most of these large-scale reconstruction projects  are either finished or nearing completion.

The JRCS has also provided support to help people to revive their  businesses and continues to assist social welfare projects that include recreational activities and psychosocial care for  children and elderly people who were affected by the disaster, particularly vulnerable groups who were evacuated from Fukushima.

While clean-up efforts have reduced the levels of radioactivity around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, areas close to the reactor will remain uninhabitable for years to come. With support from the IFRC and national Red Cross & Red Crescent societies around the world, the Japanese Red Cross Society continues to provide extensive support to those displaced by the Fukushima meltdown, including health services and psychosocial support.

  • Message from Fukushima to the World
  • In 2014, as part of an exchange program, eight high school students from Fukushima travelled to the Philippines to share the progress of Red Cross reconstruction programs after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.

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