on march 11, 2011, at 2:46 pm local time, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake (7 shindo on the japanese scale) occurred off the coast of miyagi prefecture in japan. it was followed by a huge tsunami. this earthquake is the strongest ever recorded in japan, and the 4th largest recorded in history. one month after this disaster, there are 13,116 confirmed dead, 14,377 more people who are missing, and 147,536 displaced people living in evacuation centers.
after the tohoku kanto great earthquake, i started this site to keep track of news and other information related to the response and recovery from this disaster, especially housing, temporary housing, livelihood recovery, recovery policy, and as much as possible information on the ground.
i’m a phd student of architecture at kobe university, from the u.s.a., most recently seattle, where i did my masters. i’m also a part time researcher in an organization for disaster recovery knowledge management in kobe.
i am researching disaster recovery, community-based recovery and housing recovery post-disaster. before the march 11 earthquake and tsunami in japan, my research focused on partnerships between universities and communities during the recovery and rebuilding phases, in several countries.
as the devastated area moves toward reconstruction and recovery, i want to support recovery efforts however i can. and keeping track of information using this site is a small beginning. i hope it’s useful to someone, but it’s first and foremost a place for me to organize information, so it will be a mix of news, resources, and my own experiences and thoughts. all opinions are my own, and don’t represent any organization or institution. if you have suggestions or comments, i’d love to hear them.