10th year of devastating Japan quake, tsunami

Published March 11, 2021, 1:25 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Today, March 11, marks the 10th year since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit north of Japan on March 11, 2011.

(US Navy photo)

Several months later, researchers from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) visited the tsunami-hit area in northern Japan.

During their visit, the researchers interviewed Filipinos survivors who shared what they had went through.

“From these survivor accounts, four stories were selected and featured in a manga-style comic,” Phivolcs said Thursday.

“The comics were developed and published in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),” it added.

The comics—Daang Mapanganib, Ang Huling Sayonara, Oras ng Peligro, and Bagong Pag-asa—are available in English and Filipino languages.

These comics are accessible online and can be downloaded through the website of Phivolcs.

A magnitude 9 earthquake struck off the northeast coast of the Tōhoku region of Japan’s Honshu island on March 11, 2011.

The quake triggered a massive tsunami that flooded more than 500 square kilometers of coastal land, according to World Vision.

The twin disaster killed nearly 20,000 people, while around 500,000 people were forced to evacuate.

The incident also triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which forced the evacuation of residents living near the plant.

World Vision reported that Japan suffered an economic loss of about $360 billion from the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.