Kanto-Tohoku earthquake-Tsunami -11 March 2011- information

Last Update 2011 April 8

This page tries to provide usuful information related to the huge earthquake happend in Japan on 11 March and later on.
Main text is written in English, however other languages are also available in some information.

* Connection may be unsuccessful for some pages during the time of planned blackuout.
If so, please try later.

■ Latest news and information

  • Links by IOM -2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Information for foreigners living in Japan

    Useful information links offered by IOM -International Organization for Migration is available from this page.
    You can follow the page written in Easy Japanese, English, Portugues in the same page, and many links are available.

  • Portal Site on Policies for Foreign Residents -Link to website on information of Tohoku district - off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake

    Comprehensive links of official websites of ministries, municipalities and related governmental offices are offered by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan.
    You can follow the latest PDF from
    the Main page (in English, Portugues, and Spanish, if the title's linke is disconnected).
    The information is updated every day, and available in English, Spanish, Portugues, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and partly in Russian.

  • Multilingual Information for Disaster Victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake -Link to the latest news translated into languages by TUFS

    Updated information about basic facts regarding radiation exposure and Notice from the Immigration Bureau are listed in multi-languages in this site.
    You can see the former and basic information in the lists below of this page, but please follow the latest news from this page. I have revised the link to the direct webpage in languages.
    The information is available in English, Spanish, Portugues, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Tagalog, Bengali, Russian, Persian, German, French, Italian, Romanian, Japanese, and partly in Cambodian.

  • Earthquake Information provided by "Tohoku area pacific offshore earthquake multi-language support center

    The information is updated every day, and includes various topics such as the latest condition of transportation to Tohoku area, advices to mothers, volunteer activity, and food security.
    It is availabel in
    EnglishChineseKoreanSpanishPortuguesTagalogVietnameseThaiIndonesianEasy JapaneseJapanese

  • Multilingual Hotline for Disaster Victims in earthquake stricken area
    Linha direta em linguas estrangeiras sobre o terremoto para os estrangeiros
    Linea Directa en Lenguas Extranjeras sobre los desastres para los habitantes extranjeros

    English 080-3503-9306 / Chinese漢語 080-3691-3641 / Portugues 080-3486-2768 / Espanol 080-3454-7764 / Korean 080-3598-5837

    ※The hotline opening hours may change from 1st of April 2011.
    Sujeito a mudanca a partir do dia 1 de abril.
    Sujeto a posible cambio a partir del 1ro. de abril.

  • Useful information on the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 -provided in multi-languages by volunteers related to Osaka University

    This site provides information not only for those foreigners who need information in their own mother tongues, but also for the Japanese who need to help those foreigners who don’t understand Japanese.
    The information is updated and available now in English, Japanese, Chinese, Urdu, Swahili, Thai, Polish... I guess.

  • MSN/Sankei Newspaper provide the latest news in several languages.

    Automatic translation seems not working now... sorry.
    The information includes official statements from Japanese government, Information about the radiation leak accident, .Planned power outage areas and about the time of the day, and Regional news of disaster areas and evacuation.
    It is availabel in
    EnglishChinese (traditional) Chinese (Simplified)KoreanArabicTurkishPortugueseSpanishFrenchGermanThaiIndonesianVietnamese and the other languages also.

  • *Japanese medias in English
    The Japan Times online sets special site about the Kanto-Tohoku earthquake.
    The Asahi Shimbun also has English site.

  • Notice from the Immigration Bureau regarding the Great Tohoku/Kanto Earthquake

    This is the information from the Immigration Bureau, Japanese Ministry of Justice, translated by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies to the following languages.

    * original text in Japanese and available also in Englishin Chinesein Vietnamesein Koreanin Russianin Persianin Germanin Italianin Romanianin Frenchin Portuguesein Thaiin Indonesian

    ■ Radiation hazard from the Fukushima nuclear power plant

    Don't be panicked over the accident! You can follow the detailed explanation by the experts from the following sites.

  • Basic knowledge about radioactivity concerning damages incurred on nuclear power plant
    This information is compiled from the following URL of National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), and translated by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies to the following languages.

    in Englishin Chinesein Vietnamesein Koreanin Russianin Persianin Germanin Italianin Romanianin Frenchin Portuguesein Spanishin Thai

  • SMC -Science Media Centre of Japan: Q & A on the Nuclear Power Stations offers you detailed information about the situation of the power plant, and basic knowledge about radiation.
    This site is available also in
    Spanish and updated constantly.

  • The latest updates on Fukushima nuclear power plant by Tokyo Electric Power Co.:
    This page provides information on radioactive levels of each prefectures(due to Tokyo Electric Power Co Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis caused by the earthquake) .
    The data is provided by the Ministry of Education, and can be accessed through
    "The research results of environmental radioactivity levels (by prefecture) "

    It is availabel also in Chinese and Korean.

  • Radiation exposure in daily life
    We are exposed to the radiation even through our daily lives.
    In order to judge the danger of the numbers of radioactive level broadcast in media,
    this site will be useful for your reference. (in Portuguese).

    Disaster Information
    Information on this site is based on the official announcement by Japanese Government.

    Please refer to This site which is available in English, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, and Chinese.

  • Analyses

    "Japan Nuclear Update - British Embassy"
    This report is transferred from Facebook based on a conference on 15 March 2011 at British Embassy in Tokyo.
    The chief spokesman was Sir. John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, and he was joined by a number of qualified nuclear experts based in the UK.
    I felt this report encouraging us informing the situation is much better than the one with Chernobyl, and there is no fear in Tokyo, at least.

    If you have Facebook account, original text can be followed from here.(Sorry for this open citing

    >"Japan's Tragedy? Tohoku Earthquake and Fukushima Nuclear Plants"
    On the other hand,
    This report is written by the representative of "Iwanai Nuclear Power Plant Study Group"and translated by the Citizen's Support Network Hokkaido.
    let us notice the difficult situation as it points out the usage of Plutonium fuel at Fukushima Daiichi No.3 nuclear reactor, and the risk of internal exposure.

    "Nature" / The article "The Great Beyond: UPDATE: Major radiation release at Fukushima Daiichi"
    It will help you to understand what is happening in Fukushima, though the situation is changing every moment...

    ■ For Donations to help survivors of Japan's Earthquake

    There are several organizations set up special missions to help survivors suffered from the earthquake in this March.
    Please check the websites by yourselves about the organization and the way to donate.
    We Japanese really appreciate your kind help in anyway.

  • Japanese Red Cross Society 

  • American Red Cross Society 

  • Mercy Corps 

  • Save the Children 

  • MSF - Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders
    They accept donations not especially for Japanese disasters but for all the activities of MSF, but the donation will help anyway as there are many people suffering also in the other areas.  

    ■ Looking for your family or friends?

  • Google Person Finder: If you are looking for the missing person - including Japanese people - struck by the earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, you can search the name on this site run by Google.
    You can also inform that you yourself are safe and alive, or leave messages to the missing persons.

    Search in English /  Search in Chinese1  /  Search in Chinese2 /  Search in Korean /  Search in Portuguese  

  • Family Links. ICRC: You can also search the names of your missing family or friends in this site run by the ICRC -International Committee of the Red Cross.
    You can also inform that you are alive, or leave messages for the missing persons.

    Search in English /  Search in Chinese /  Search in Korean /  Search in Portuguese /  Search in Spanish

    ■ Planned Power Outage

    If you are living in an area that is scheduled for a planned power outage, this is the guidline for preparatioin and save on electricity.

    Basic time zones for the planned blackout are classified into these 5 groups;

  • On 18th March, basic grouping of areas for expected rolling blackout were as follows:
    4th group 15:20〜19:00 / 5th group 18:20〜22:00 /  1st group 6:20〜10:00, 13:50〜17:30 / 2ndt group 9:20〜13:00 / 3re group 12:20〜16:00

    Each group will move to the next time zone every day, so you will experience the planned blackout at different time zone each day. About areas included in each Groups, the following list may help you to identify where your area belongs to. (This is the date on 15 March 2011, but maybe they have not been changed so much):
    Group1 / Group2 / Group3 / Group4 / Group5

    About latest information of the planned power outage, please refer to the following site;

  • Tepco or Yahoo in English
  • Tepco or Yahoo in Chinese
  • Tepco or Yahoo in Korean

    ■ Preparation and survival in the emergency

  • Multilingual Living Information
    This site provides general notices and information about what you should do in case of emergency cases including natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons, heaby snow and landslides.
    The information is available in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portugues, Tagalog, German, French, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Russian and Thai.
    You can follow the page in each language from tabs on the top page.

  • Japan earthquake how to protect yourself:
    This is the multilingual website explaining what you should to in case of earthquake; what to carry, what you should do, and how to prepare for the natural disasters.
    Available languages include English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Russian and Arabic.

    in Chinesein Koreanin Tagalogin Russianin Arabic

    German, French, Nederlands, Spanish, Portugese, Turkish, Polish, Czech, Romanian, Slovak, Danish, Latvian, Swedish, Taiwanese, Bahasa Indonesia , Mongol hel, Vietnamese, Khmer Language, Swahili, Thai, Persian, Lao Language, O'zbekcha, mranma bhasa, Hidi, Urdu are also available in this page.

  • You can also download "Emergency Manual" which describes ordinary guidance about what to do when you are in trouble. It may help even in your emergency.

    In general, what you should do is...
    * Once you feel the shake (tremor or earthquake) grab anyone close to so that you can notify there's someone needs help in non-Japanese language.
    * These links in this site are to give you general ideas, but please follow your host family if you are having a homestay.
    * Keep checking an information about electricity cut off. It's important to save electricity anyhow.

    I strongly hope for the safety of everyone and for any better days.

  • Notice from Sendai(Municipality) is translated into multilingual web pages by TUFS - Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

    The websites include information about traffic, water supply, garbage, gas, children's education in Sendai, and are available in the following languages:

    in Englishin Chinesein Vietnamesein Koreanin Bengaliin Russianin Persianin Germanin Italianin Romanianin Frenchin Portuguesein Spanishin Thaiin Philippinesin Indonesian


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