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Resources related to the 2011 Japan Crisis     Last update: GMT

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On March 11 at 2:46pm JST a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake, and triggering evacuations and warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.

Person Finder

The Person Finder has been deactivated.

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Missing persons phone lines (Japanese language)

Iwate: 0120-801-471
Miyagi: 022-221-2000
Fukushima: 0120-510-186 / 090-8424-4207 / 090-8424-4208

Emergency voicemail message board

171 + 1 + phone number to leave a message
171 + 2 + phone number to listen to a message

Disaster message boards

Shelter information

Shelter locations (Japanese language)
Emergency water and food distribution centers (user generated)
Local Resource Portal Map (user generated)

Health information

World Health Organization

Japanese-English speech translation

Download an experimental version of Google Translate for Android to translate speech to and from Japanese.

Alerts and status

Electric Power Companies (Japanese language)

Maps and satellite imagery

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Google Earth files

Download post-event imagery of several affected areas in Japan
View these files in Google Earth