Five Years from the Great East Japan Earthquake
-A Collection of Selected Articles-

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Earthquake and Tsunami Science
Disaster Prevention and Restoration
Psychology and Society
Health and Medicine
Nuclear Accident and Energy Policy
Impact on Environment and Ecosystem
March 11th is again drawing near this year. Memories of the Great East Japan Earthquake including the resulting tsunami, which occurred on this day five years ago and which caused enormous damage to many areas of Japan, are deeply carved into the minds of many people. While even now some victims of the disaster are still forced to lead disadvantaged lives, the affected areas are progressing steadily on the road to recovery. What also cannot be missed is that in parallel with efforts toward reconstruction, scientists and medical practitioners working in various subjects have made advances in their respective fields through research based on the events of the earthquake and its aftermath.

As the five year anniversary draws near we here at Wiley, being a global publisher of research across all of the sciences, medicine and social sciences, have selected 123 research articles relating to or resulting from the Great East Japan Earthquake. These articles have been drawn from the approximately 1,600 journals published by Wiley, many on behalf
of the 900 learned societies and associations with which we partner.

Topics covered by the articles cover a wide range of subjects, from geological research pertaining to the earthquake and tsunami, to the science and technology of disaster prevention and mitigation, to the influence the earthquake and nuclear accident have exerted on medical care and the psychology and social organization of the people, and the effects the nuclear accident has had on the environment and domestic policies. Wiley hopes they will prove useful to researchers and the wider community by conveying some of the lessons learned from the earthquake and the painful damage to which it gave rise into the future as well as encouraging the development of new and further research. This selection of articles will be available for free public release until April 30th, 2016 through Wiley Online Library.

"Transmitting research results produced by the scientific community to the wider society is our vital responsibility as a publishing company. All of these chosen articles convey valuable knowledge about the earthquake and its effects. We strongly hope that they will be read and further referenced by many people both in Japan and around the world, to gain from this knowledge in readiness for future disasters in coming generations."

Philip Carpenter - Executive Vice President, Research



"Five years ago on March 11th, I was traveling on business in Japan, and had a personal firsthand experience of the earthquake. The Great East Japan Earthquake surely posed questions to numerous researchers ranging across medicine, humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences on the importance of scholarship in relation to the fury of nature. We hope that by bringing together this set of papers relating to the earthquake, the fruits of future research will be utilized for disaster victims and disaster-affected areas and as preparation for future events, and will be beneficial to society. Moreover, I hope that people not only in Japan but in many other countries will access this content as it relates to their area of research or expertise and the wider issues raised."
Mark Robertson - Vice President and Publishing Director,Research Asia Pacific and President Wiley Japan


  • The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred at 14:46 on Friday 11 March 2011 under the sea off the east coast of Tohoku region of Japan
  • The earthquake had a magnitude of 9.0: the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan
  • The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves, which destroyed many towns along the Pacific coast of North-eastern Japan. As of January 2016, 18,457 people have been killed or gone missing after the disaster and 399,923 buildings have totally or half collapsed
  • This is the worst natural disaster in post-War Japan, claiming more victims than the Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake in 1995, which had a magnitude of 7.3 and 6,434 lives were lost
  • Hit by tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant along the coast lost all electrical power supply, resulting in meltdowns of nuclear reactors. Residents around the power plant were urged to evacuate due to radioactive leakage
  • Approximately 470,000 people were evacuated from affected areas immediately after the disaster. Evacuees have gradually returned, but it is estimated that 182,000 people are still evacuated as of December 2015