News, scientific analysis and photo essays of Japanese disaster

Update – March 24, 2011 – The highly respected Economist Intelligence Unit, research arm of The Economist, has just published the presentation ‘Japan’s Economy After the Quake’. We have added the presentation to this article.

As the world witnessed the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan, members of the international community immediately began creating and sharing presentations here on SlideShare. Included are powerful photo essays from news sources, specific data and images from the scientific community, economic assessments from the financial world, fundraising and on-the-ground help from non-profits and NGOs, and summaries of how social media has affected emergency response.

Pictures worth a thousand tears
To provide a visual perspective of the immensity of the disaster, Anup Tiwari has paired photos with statistics in a slideshow simply entitled ‘Japan Earthquake.’ This presentation details the enormous yet personal scale of these recent events.

Specifically documenting the tsunami, this photo compilation, ‘Tsunami 2011 Japan‘ illustrates the intimate experiences of those closest to Japan’s eastern shore.

The day the Earth moved
A team of researchers from the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, created this visual explanation of the earthquake and tsunami. Included are illustrations and videos showing the magnitude and direction that the earth moved, as well as waves created by the M9.0 and M7.9 earthquakes on March 11, 2011. Derived from Ronni Grapenthin’s detailed scientific article, this presentation helps us understand what actually occurred.

The energy community weighs in
The International Atomic Energy Agency regularly posts its technical briefings on the IAEA channel. Formed in 1957, related to the United Nations, the agency is comprised of 2200 multi-disciplinary professional and support staff from more than 90 countries. Here is the most recent briefing, posted on March 20.

Also included on the IAEA channel is this Aerial Schematic View of Fukishima Daini with individual reactors labeled and comments about their status.

Offering solutions, raising awareness – and funds
A recent article by MIT’s Technology Review, Internet Activists Mobilize for Japan describes the efforts of volunteers in the technology sector to mobilize in support of Japan. One of these organizations, the nonprofit SparkRelief, has built a website to help Japanese earthquake survivors find emergency housing. By Crowdsourcing Disaster Housing for Japan, SparkRelief provides a resource for displaced Japanese citizens to connect with members of their communities who have homes to share.

International human rights law advocate Stephanie Williams, J.D. has created an online Japan Earthquake & Tsunami 2011 Help Guide – with links to the websites of agencies and non-profit organizations.

New York City’s media community came together to create the ‘Auction For Hope’. The auction provides an opportunity for artists to donate their work and services to be auctioned for the relief effort in Japan.

Changes in emergency response, and a look toward the future
Brian Shiro, a geophysicist at the NOAA Pacific Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii presented this slideshow to the Social Media Club of Hawaii on March 16. Brian describes the changes in Emergency Response and the effect of social media on communications.

SEB Group, one of Europe’s leading banks, has prepared an assessment of potential economic damage to Japan. It includes comparisons to the Chernobyl disaster and the Kobe earthquake of 1995.

Kilbinder Dosanjh, Senior Analyst, Asia Economist Intelligence Unit, has published an overview of potential economic effects to Japan resulting from the earthquake. He compares the Kobe earthquake of 1995 to the Sendai quake, describes possible scenarios and explains the potential effect on Japan’s GDP.

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1 Response to “News, scientific analysis and photo essays of Japanese disaster”

  1. Ernest Kaiser

    From what I have seen, most of Japan’s structures came through the earthquake surprising well. However, the failures at the Fukushima nuclear power plant were largely from failed planning. Location of the plant within range of tsunamis is inexcusable. Had the plant been located at an elevation of 100 ft above sea level, the problems would have been limited to the structural problems of the quake itself, not the tsunami. Of course broken pipes could have been a horrendous problems, but that problem was not relieved by the shore-side location, so the availability of water has not been to any significant advantage. I am sure that the post-mortem that will occur months after this crisis has passed will reveal some interesting facts about the decisions made on the location of this plant.
    I hope that Japan does not turn away from this technology until better solutions are fully developed. The lessons learned should reduce risk by orders of magnitude.