Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Response: News


Orphaned by tsunami, survivors tell stories of loss, 3.21.2012

The event, “BEYOND Tomorrow: Orphaned by the Wave,” featured five speakers, including three students orphaned by the earthquake and tsunami.

Students hold memorial to earthquake in Japan, 3.12.2012

The Brown community commemorated the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 20,000 people.


Signs of resiliency in Japan, 3.27.2011

Kerry Smith talks live with anchor Don Lemon about what is ahead for Japan and how the country has recovered from disasters in the past.

The Atlantic, 3.15.2011

Quake serves as reminder of past disaster in Japan The earthquake and tsunami in Japan evoke memories of the 1923 Kanto Earthquake. The 7.9-magnitude quake hit the region around Tokyo, reducing much of the city to rubble and causing massive fires. The magazine posted a slideshow of images from that devastating event, including several from Brown’s archived Dana and Vera Reynolds Collection.

The Providence Journal, 3.12.2011

Studying Japan to better prepare for future earthquakes Several local scientists are studying the scientific factors that contributed to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Terry Tullis, professor emeritus of geological sciences, says that part of his work involves educating the public about earthquakes, particularly in areas like the Pacific Northwest, where conditions are similar to the geophysics that set the stage for Japan’s earthquake.

The Takeaway, 3.11.2011

Earthquake in Japan: Recording history as it happens Kerry Smith, associate professor of history who has studied earthquakes and seismology in Japan, discusses on this national morning news program the historical significance of the earthquake in Japan and how technology will change the way this earthquake is remembered: “The knowledge and the need to know more, the need to get a sense of how this disaster is unfolding will have a significant effect on how this is remembered and how it’s recorded for contemporary Japanese society and for those watching this unfold outside of Japan.”

Fox Providence (WPRI), 3.11.2011

Reaching out to loved ones after the earthquake Freshman Arisa Akashi, who has family in Tokyo, learned that her family was safe after the earthquake and tsunami through a phone call from her mother. Akashi said that while she is relieved that her family is okay, she’s still concerned for the many other residents of Japan who were affected by the disaster: "It was just so large scale ... with a tsunami there's really no way to prepare."