On 11 March 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 occurred in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan’s Tohoku region. A half hour later, a tsunami of unprecedented force broke over 650 kilometres of coastline, toppling sea walls and other defenses. Following the earthquake and tsunami, 15,879 people, mainly from Miyagi Prefecture, lost their lives. 99,000 people were displaced. The Great East Japan Earthquake revealed the limits and weaknesses of traditional disaster prevention and mitigation measures and technology systems that were in place.
On 25 May in Bonn, UNU-EHS along with the University of Bonn and Tohoku University in Japan will host an international workshop to discuss lessons learned from the earthquake and future strategies for disaster mitigation.
Key experts on adaptation and disaster management from all three universities will offer presentations on the topic. Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner, UNU-EHS Director, will present the opening remarks.
The workshop is free of cost and open to the general public, it will take place from 14.00-17.30 at the Auditorium HS IV, Geozentrum, Institute of Geography, University of Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 176.