The Lessons of 3/11: Being Prepared for Japan’s Next Great Quake
March 31st, 2015
For the past three years, March has been the time of year where television, print, and online news focus on the disaster from 2011. Let’s shift the attention then. Today, I write not about life in Tohoku but about how the disaster can be a learning opportunity for you—whether you were in Japan on March …
Ways you can help in Tohoku
March 11th, 2014
Three years following the triple disaster, the regions around Tohoku may still appreciate the encouraging messages of “がんばろう！” (“hang in there!”), but they also need practical assistance. People are still living in temporary housing—many of them have lost everything and will forever be distressed by the continued effects of 3/11. The area is still far …
10,000 Tokyo quake deaths?
April 19th, 2012
Are you worried about the latest forecast for the number of deaths a mega-quake would mean for Tokyo? The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said on Wednesday that if a large earthquake hit the northern Tokyo Bay area, nearly 10,000 people would die. This figure even takes into account lessons learned, and changes made, since the March …
Ready, Steady, Emergency!
January 19th, 2012
Do you know…how to direct [emergency services] to your house in a land whose blessed streets have no names? Would you know exactly what to do if your child suddenly needed to go to a hospital? Do you know what the emergency numbers are in Japan, how to ask for an ambulance, and, trickiest of …
+ Ready, Steady, Emergency!
February 20th, 2009
by Elise Mori Do you know…how to direct [emergency services] to your house in a land whose blessed streets have no names? Would you know exactly what to do if your child suddenly needed to go to a hospital? Do you know what the emergency numbers are in Japan, how to ask for an ambulance, …
How to Survive When That BIG Quake Comes
March 22nd, 1974
by Susan L. Scully It all started one evening last December, when we were waiting for that catastrophic earthquake that Nostradamus (or was it Ted Gormick?) had predicted was going to demolish Tokyo and everyone in it. My next-door neighbor, Eva Larsen, myself and our respective husbands Thor and Tom were sitting around swilling brandy …