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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On

  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On
    82-year-old Japanese Red Cross Society volunteer Mrs. Toshiko Yamada regularly visits the elderly living in Minamiyanomi temporary housing compound in Fukushima. The housing units are mainly occupied by the elderly and disabled.
  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On
    Mr. and Mrs. Shinkai visit their abandoned home in Katsurao village in Fukushima prefecture. For five years they have not been able to return because of radioactive contamination following the meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On
    As of November 2015, nine municipalities in Fukushima still had areas that were restricted because of radiation. Decontamination work in the areas and farms surrounding the homes continues to this day.
  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On
    After the tsunami swept through her home and hair salon in Hisanohama town, Mrs. Maki Sugahara was left with nothing but an old pair of scissors.
  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On
    The earthquake created enormous waves that engulfed whole villages and towns along the northeast coast of Japan. Enormous walls like this one were constructed along the coast to protect the communities from future tsunamis. Photo Credit: Masaya Noda/IFRC
  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On
    Residents of the temporary housing compound learn many useful skills from the Red Cross volunteers, including first aid and resuscitation techniques. Five years after the triple disaster, over 76,000 evacuees remain in temporary housing.
  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On
    Staff from the Japanese Red Cross Society Fukushima branch instruct the elderly of Minamiyanome temporary housing compound how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in case of emergency.
  • Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: 5 Years On
    Nordic Walking helps people like Ms. Chizuko Hakoishi to come to terms with sad experiences. The Nordic walking exercise is part of the psychosocial support activity conducted by the Red Cross.
Five years after the triple disaster, over 76,000 evacuees remain in temporary housing.

March 11, 2016 marks five years since a 9.0 earthquake struck Japan, triggering a tsunami that wreaked devastation and caused a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. American families and corporations opened their hearts and gave generously to help the people of Japan—making the American Red Cross one of the largest private, international contributors to the response. Since that time, the global Red Cross network has been instrumental in reviving businesses and rebuilding hospitals, medical facilities, kindergartens, and public housing. The Red Cross continues its work in Japan, including the delivery of emotional support for children and elderly people who were impacted by the disaster.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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