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Washington state officials are monitoring closely what could be debris from last year's Japan tsunami, drifting just off the coast.
http://www.examiner.com/article/possible-japan-tsunami-debris-large-barge-being-monitored-near-washington-coastWashington state officials are monitoring closely what could be debris from last... more
A very personal and heartwarming story on Stew Blogger Chris DaEmperor Andoe 's connection to the Japanese tsunami...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=32015A very personal and heartwarming story on Stew Blogger Chris DaEmperor Andoe 's... more
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Japan tsunami debris charts a course across the ocean
Like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, debris from the March 2011 tsunami is expected to begin washing up on shores, including the Hawaiian Islands.
By Brett Israel, OurAmazingPlanetWed, Feb 29 2012 at 11:55 AM EST
OUT TO SEA: An aerial view of debris from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan. (Photo: U.S. Navy/AFLO/ZUMA Press)
The tsunami triggered by the devastating earthquake that struck off the east coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, produced an estimated 25 million tons of debris. Much of this debris was swept out into the Pacific Ocean as the waters retreated.
The new animation shows its probable path, which is helpful to shipping traffic since some of the debris is dangerously large. Debris-tracking missions have already found two fishing vessels that were carried out to sea by the tsunami.
Where it's heading
Since that magnitude 9.0 quake, the debris that has stayed afloat has drifted apart due to winds and ocean currents, with most of it moving eastward. Scientists have predicted the debris could wash up along the West Coast of the United States by next year. It is expected to hit Midway Atoll this winter and the main Hawaiian Islands in the winter of 2012-2013.
All is clear at the Midway Atoll so far this winter, though. The ocean currents have kept any debris away, said Jan Hafner of the International Pacific Research Center, who is part of the team that modeled the debris path.
"The currents are changing constantly and we expect the tsunami debris to reach there soon," Hafner told OurAmazingPlanet.
The debris has dispersed and is not visible by satellites, so scientists deployed hundreds of high-tech devices to help monitor the path of the debris, which could be hazardous to ships, marine life and coastlines.
A few big pieces of debris have turned up. At the end of September 2011, a Russian ship reported the edge of the debris field 250 miles (400 kilometers) northwest of Midway. About 100 miles (161 km) farther on, the ship found a 20-foot-long (6 meters) boat from Fukushima, which was identified by its markings.
Along the West Coast of North America, news reports have suggested that debris is already arriving. Debris from Asia, however, routinely washes up here, so scientists are cautious before confirming any debris they find is from the tsunami.
"If an unusually large amount of unusual types of debris washes on a beach, that is an indication of debris from the tsunami," Hafner said.
Scientists also look for identifying markers, such as registration numbers, Hafner said.
One of the fishing vessels had markings on the wheelhouse of the boat that showed its homeport to be in Fukushima Prefecture, the area hardest hit by the massive tsunami.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has urged anyone that spots potential tsunami debris to report it by emailing DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.
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Fukushima Pets Fighting to Stay Alive and Braving Freezing Conditions Rescued in Fukushima's Exclusion ZoneFukushima pets saved - Due to severe weather conditions, efforts are underway to rescue Fukushima pets that had been left behind and were forced to survive on their own for over nine months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that caused Fukushima nuclear accident. According to reports, hundreds of abandoned animals surviving in Fukushima are braving months of living in the high radiation area and struggling with lack of food are now facing another problem, the region's freezing winter weather.
http://www.pinoyhalo.com/2012/02/04/fukushima-pets-fighting-to-stay-alive-and-braving-freezing-conditions-rescued-in-fukushimas-exclusion-zone/Fukushima pets saved - Due to severe weather conditions, efforts are underway to... more
Another powerful earthquake hits Japan and it happened exactly on New Year's Day. The quake which has a magnitude 7.0 rocked the eastern part of Japan. No damage or injuries were reported and it did not generate a tsunami.
http://www.pinoyhalo.com/2012/01/01/japan-earthquake-january-1-2012-magnitude-7-0-quake-jolts-japan-on-new-years-day/Another powerful earthquake hits Japan and it happened exactly on New Year's Day.... more
According to Avaaz it has, read their article below:
"Right now, the Japanese whaling fleet is barrelling south to hunt thousands of majestic whales, escorted by a 30 million dollar security force paid for out of the tsunami disaster relief fund!
Anti-whaling champions were successfully blocking the Japanese whale hunt -- which is exactly why the Japanese government decided to swipe money from relief efforts to stop the activists from bothering the boats while they engage in their brutal slaughter.
If we can stop the whaling security and get the relief money back for desperate Japanese citizens still languishing in radioactive hotspots, we could help end the whale hunt for good. Japanese PM Noda is already under enormous pressure after scandalous failures to compensate victims of the nuclear disaster. A massive global outcry can spark outrage inside and outside Japan and force Noda to use precious relief funds to save people, not kill whales - sign the petition and forward to everyone:
Whale hunting is astronomically expensive, and it's made possible by ludicrous government subsidies amounting to $35,000 per whale! If these subsidies are cut back, the whaling industry could collapse. Now the Prime Minister will squander $30 million to provide private security for whale slaughterers to make sure they’re not bothered by environmental activists in the ocean. With the added muscle, Japan plans to kill 1,000 Minke whales for commercial meat sales this year.
Officials claim that whaling subsidies will support coastal communities hit by the tsunami -- even though Japan has had to stockpile whale meat because so few people wish to consume it. All the while, the government has turned a blind eye to victims trapped in radiation hot-spots, with the few who are entitled to compensation pocketing a pitiful $1,000.
Let's urge Prime Minister Noda to stop caving to the whaling lobby and spend relief money on the people who need it most: the victims -- sign the urgent petition now, and forward widely:
Last year, our community came together in record numbers, and we won the fight to keep a global ban on whaling. And last month, 130,000 Japanese Avaaz members joined together, pressing the government to use tsunami relief funds to protect radiation-exposed children by funding their evacuation from unsafe areas. Time and again we see how powerful lobby groups like the Japanese whaling lobby put profits before people and planet. And time and again, we stop them. Let's do it again. "
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Right now, the Japanese whaling fleet is barrelling south to hunt thousands of majestic whales, escorted by a 30 million dollar security force paid for out of the tsunami disaster relief fund!
Anti-whaling champions were successfully blocking the Japanese whale hunt -- which is exactly why the Japanese government decided to swipe money from relief efforts to stop the activists from bothering the boats while they engage in their brutal slaughter.
If we can stop the whaling security and get the relief money back for desperate Japanese citizens still languishing in radioactive hotspots, we could help end the whale hunt for good. Japanese PM Noda is already under enormous pressure after scandalous failures to compensate victims of the nuclear disaster. A massive global outcry can spark outrage inside and outside Japan and force Noda to use precious relief funds to save people, not kill whales - sign the petition on the right and share this campaign with everyone.
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Japan town embraces volunteer who stayed after tsunami
By John M. Glionna
Chizuru Nakagawa has worked 18-hour days to help rebuild Ogatsu since the March 11 quake and tsunami. But instead of just donating weekends, she moved there.
Los Angeles Times...
Chizuru Nakagawa, left, talks to residents of Ogatsu, in northeastern Japan. “She’s more involved than most real residents. She knows what needs to be done,” a local merchant said of Nakagawa, a volunteer devoted to helping the town rebuild after the March quake and tsunami. (Tom Miyagawa Coulton / For The Times)
By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2011, 5:19 p.m.
Reporting from Ogatsu, Japan—
The slender woman in a puffy black ski hat and camouflage pants hurried among the crowd at the opening ceremony for a new vegetable market here, carrying a rolled-up events schedule like an architect with a set of building plans.
Her cellphone never stopped ringing. Between smoking breaks, never finishing an entire cigarette, she dragged tables and ran to consult village elders, playing coordinator.
Chizuru Nakagawa isn't a resident of Ogatsu. Rather, she's the volunteer stranger who came and stayed.
"She's more involved than most real residents," merchant Yorio Takahashi said at the opening ceremony, marking the first commerce in Ogatsu since a tsunami wrecked buildings and swept 300 people to their deaths. "She knows what needs to be done."
For months, the 36-year-old Tokyo resident has worked 18-hour days to help rebuild a town she didn't realize existed until the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
She's among the legions of volunteers who have responded to Japan's worst natural disaster, swarming the stricken northeastern coast to clean up wreckage and pound nails into new homes, carrying word that outsiders care about what happens to people here.
There's the Japanese American who sponsored a summer baseball league in the tsunami-hit area; the Tokyo photographer who takes family portraits, turning them into postcards that survivors can send to loved ones; and refugees from Myanmar and Uganda who want to assist the residents of their new homeland.
"Many have been politically persecuted back home. They know what crisis is," said Shiho Tanaka, a spokeswoman for the Japan Assn. for Refugees. "They want to show that even though they're not Japanese, they can help their new society."
In recent years, many younger Japanese, especially those laboring long hours in the big city, had lost their tasuke-ai no kokoro, or spirit of helping, some say. March 11 changed all that.
"The event woke up many young people to the old ways," said Shuken Hatayama, who met Nakagawa after leaving a Tokyo chef's job to volunteer in Ogatsu. "Especially when you see the support that the rest of the world has offered Japan, you know you have to do something for your own people."
Yet few have shown more altruistic zeal than Nakagawa. Rather than just donate weekends, she moved her life to Ogatsu.
Along the way, she has negotiated the often-difficult inner workings of small town life, dealing with jealousy, power struggles and personality differences as she tries to make a difference.
An admittedly impulsive woman and career volunteer who works part-time jobs to pay the bills, she says she does not regret the sometimes heavy personal toll her lifestyle brings.
Nakagawa, who is single, for years inhabited a small apartment in Tokyo, supporting various causes — funds for Chernobyl descendants or memorials to the Holocaust — working for pay only when she had to.
Asked why she never married, had children and settled into suburbia, she paused and finally acknowledged with a sigh, "Yes, that would be nice."
Ogatsu represents Nakagawa's biggest challenge yet. She intends to remain here for two years, until the town gets back on its feet.
She knows that will mean many lonely nights, smoking cigarettes in front of her computer, connected to her life and friends in Tokyo only through cyberspace.
"I have a simple calculation for life," she said, lighting up another cigarette. "When you see people in need, you have two choices, either you help or you don't. I have to help."
It began in late March when Nakagawa approached several Ogatsu men shoveling mud. She had been helping out at local emergency shelters when she heard about overlooked Ogatsu.
The village was still littered with piles of wreckage, where fewer than 1,000 of its 4,300 residents remained, the others having either died or fled. Althoughsome communities drew so many volunteers that many had to be turned away, Ogatsu — isolated by forested mountains, reached only by a twisting, turning road — was left on its own.
Nakagawa asked the men what they needed. When one said they hadn't eaten a hot meal in weeks, she canvassed nearby restaurants for donations and soon served up a warm dinner. The men's faces spoke their thanks.
With so few buildings left in Ogatsu, Nakagawa slept in a city hall meeting room in an adjacent town. She showed up at dawn each day with her sleeves rolled up high, asking what she could do.
She also displayed initiative. She met Hatayama and the two decided to set up a delivery service called "Talking and Tea," visiting newly built prefab units to draw people outside to drink tea and discuss their problems.
"If you ask a person from the countryside if they have troubles, most retreat under a shell and say they're fine," she said. "But when they open up to talk to you about real issues, that's the sign that they trust you."
Nakagawa was soon immersed in Ogatsu's internal politics, personal dramas so frustrating that she sometimes felt like leaving. She ran interference for residents who barely spoke, coaxing groups to become less exclusive and accept residents they didn't know.
She found that most decisions were made by a few wealthier fishermen who in good times employed other villagers. Directing the aid that arrived in town, the leaders often kept the best goods for themselves and relatives, a trickle-down system that Nakagawa wanted to end.
"I tried not to be confrontational, but sometimes I had to lock horns with people. There were tense moments."
Even Hatayama, whose father is a local monk, was amazed by Nakagawa's influence. "She's a peacemaker who wants to make everyone better in their own way," he said.
On the day of the market opening, a steady rain began to fall, driving residents under umbrellas.
The inclement weather cranked Nakagawa into overdrive, as she helped elderly women reach the cover of tents. Her cellphone never stopped ringing.
Most folks here now know her by name. The stranger feels welcome, and feels at peace with her plans to stay for at least two years, until private donations have helped residents rebuild their homes, a hospital, town hall and small businesses.
But Nakagawa has set another, more personal, goal: "I want to help show residents how to walk on their own two feet again, so they can become inspired to help someone else."
She watched a pair of women eye carrots and lettuce, finally able to buy food here in Ogatsu, not 20 miles away.
"Now," Nakagawa said, "the real work begins."
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It's now time for a story that restores your faith in mankind, even if it means going all the way to Japan to find it: In the five months since that country's devastating quake and tsunami, almost $78 million in cash has been found amongst the wreckage and turned in.
The money was recovered from countless abandoned wallets and purses, as well as from 5,700 safes that have washed up along the coastline. One safe alone was said to contain $1 million. But what were these coastal villagers doing sitting on so much cash in the first place? From the Daily Mail:
It is not unusual for the Japanese to keep large amounts of money at home and at offices, particularly in the coastal regions where fisheries companies prefer to deal with cash transactions.
Police have hired specialists to cut open the safes, and their rightful owners are being contacted based on the personal information contained inside.
'The fact that these safes were washed away, meant the homes were washed away too,' [said Koetsu Saiki, of the Miyagi Prefectural Police.] 'We had to first determine if the owners were alive, then find where they had evacuated to.' [...]
'[T]he fact that a hefty 2.3 billion yen in cash has been returned to its owners shows the high level of ethical awareness in the Japanese people,' said Ryuji Ito, professor emeritus at Yokohama City University.
http://gizmodo.com/5832094/japanese-quake-survivors-have-returned-78-million-in-lost-cashIt's now time for a story that restores your faith in mankind, even if it means... more
Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture is one of the town that was hit hard by the tsunami which followed the earthquake on March 11, 2011. I was passing thru 5 months afterwards and still the stark grim reminders remain of what happened that day.
Later that evening I went to Sendai the capital of Miyagi which had also gotten hit that day. It was the kick-off of their big Tanabata festival which they do with a big fireworks display. It was good to see the people out and about enjoying themselves - they had cancelled some other festivals in previous months. It showed me that the Tohoku area will pull itself through the disaster with their indomitable spirit.Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture is one of the town that was hit hard by the tsunami... more
Scientists: March 11 tsunami produced Antarctic icebergs
Top image shows the Sulzberger Ice Shelf on March 12 and the bottom on March 16 after the tsunami broke off icebergs.
August 9th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
The tsunami spawned from the March 11 earthquake off eastern Japan broke up parts of an Antarctic ice shelf that hadn't moved in 46 years, scientists say.
Though the tsunami waves were only about a foot high when they reached Antarctica, their consistency was enough to crack the 260-foot-thick ice and split off icebergs with combined surface areas more than twice the size of Manhattan from the Sulzberger Ice Shelf, the scientists report in a NASA statement.
It was the first time scientists have been able to tie icebergs directly to a tsunami, according to NASA.
The tsunami waves traveled 8,000 miles and took 18 hours to reach the ice shelf, the scientists said, giving them time to validate theories on how an earthquake can affect geography a hemisphere away.
"In the past we've had calving events where we've looked for the source. It's a reverse scenario – we see a calving and we go looking for a source," Kelly Brunt, a cryosphere specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said in the NASA statement. "We knew right away this was one of the biggest events in recent history – we knew there would be enough swell. And this time we had a source."
Emile Okal at Northwestern University and Douglas MacAyeal at the University of Chicago collaborated in the study.
"This is an example not only of the way in which events are connected across great ranges of oceanic distance, but also how events in one kind of Earth system, i.e., the plate tectonic system, can connect with another kind of seemingly unrelated event: the calving of icebergs from Antarctica's ice sheet," MacAyeal said in the NASA statement.
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(Chico, CA. July 20, 2011) The Chico Outlaws of the North American League, the premier independent minor league in western North America, today announced that Japanese pitching sensation Eri Yoshida has agreed to terms and will rejoin the Chico Outlaws. She will report to Chico immediately and will start on the mound this Friday night versus the Maui Na Koa Ikaika at Nettleton Stadium as she returns to the team that she won a league championship with last season.
Yoshida, 19, made headlines and impressed the baseball world last summer when she became the first female to play professionally in Japan and the U.S. Equipped with a sidearm knuckleball that is considered almost unhittable when she is on, she has played for the Kobe Cruise 9 of the Kansai League in Japan and then in the Arizona Winter League in the U.S. in 2010 and 2011 and also with the Chico Outlaws last year. She also became the first female pro player to have a hit and an RBI in a professional men's league and her jersey and bat from the 2010 Chico Outlaws were requested by, and are displayed in, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. She began playing baseball in the 2nd grade and credits Tim Wakefield as the inspiration for her 50 mph knuckleball delivered from her 5 foot 1 inch, 115 lb frame.
She made 8 starts for the Outlaws last year before ending her season early with a tired arm. Fully recovered, she pitched in the Arizona Winter League this February, but the tragic events in Japan in March sidetracked her ability to be ready to rejoin Chico in May when the season started. Turning down offers from Japanese minor league teams, she joined the amateur All Samurai Japan team to get fully prepared and also to be showcased to MLB scouts as the team traveled to southern California early this summer. She had a number of tryouts with MLB teams and was impressive, but did not receive a contract offer as she needed to demonstrate her effectiveness in a professional league against quality and experienced pro hitters.
"We are thrilled to have Eri back and pitching for the Outlaws again," said Chico Outlaws team president and manager Mike Marshall. "The Outlaws are one of the leading teams in moving players to major league organizations and will be a fine showcase for her to show her talent. In addition, our fans will be excited as she was a big favorite last year and was quite a hit in the community and with the youth of Chico."
Yoshida will take the mound this Friday night and will be facing the Maui Na Koa Ikaika who are managed this year by Yoshida's skipper from last season, Garry Templeton, and also three Chico Outlaws that were traded to Maui in the offseason as she returns to the town that embraced her with incredible support and provided her the opportunity to realize her dream of playing minor league baseball in the U.S.
"I am grateful for this opportunity to pitch for the Chico Outlaws again," said Yoshida. "This is a dream come true for me and I hope that I can contribute to the team to help them win and also to continue to improve as a pro baseball player."
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Once again, our American media is MIA on vital news, while we all are subjected to endless Bieberisms. Sadly, we must turn to Al Jazeera English for news that TEPCO (Tokyo Electric) has publicly reported.
A quick quote from the full piece, here: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201161664828302638.html
Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public.
Even though the plant is now shut down, fission products such as uranium continue to generate heat, and therefore require cooling.
"The fuels are now a molten blob at the bottom of the reactor," Gundersen added. "TEPCO announced they had a melt through. A melt down is when the fuel collapses to the bottom of the reactor, and a melt through means it has melted through some layers. That blob is incredibly radioactive, and now you have water on top of it. The water picks up enormous amounts of radiation, so you add more water and you are generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water."
Independent scientists have been monitoring the locations of radioactive "hot spots" around Japan, and their findings are disconcerting.
"We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl," said Gundersen. "The data I'm seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man's-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometers being found 60 to 70 kilometers away from the reactor. You can't clean all this up. We still have radioactive wild boar in Germany, 30 years after Chernobyl."
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Orphaned in quake, forgotten in Japan
The Japanese government still doesn't have an accurate count of the number of children orphaned in the March earthquake and tsunami. Adding to their woes, a group helping the children says people have stopped calling to offer
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A young Japanese Baha'i living in the U.K. decided to create this wonderful moment for all of us to reflect and pray for all those Japanese caught in the tragedy.A young Japanese Baha'i living in the U.K. decided to create this wonderful... more
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Just released video from the Japan Coast Guard shows the devastating tsunami hit the Sendai airport and nearby areas.CNN... Added On April 29, 2011 Just released video from the Japan Coast Guard... more
In the tsunami aftermath, efforts are focused on new defenses
By Brian Walker, CNN
April 12, 2011 11:04 p.m. EDT
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Learning from Japan's tsunami
Teams of scientists are working to figure out the devastating power of the tsunami waves
And experts will use that information to try to design new defenses
Professor: The work "is to help not only Japanese but other people ... avoid disaster"
Yamada, Japan (CNN) -- Just over a month after the worst natural disaster in modern Japanese history, scientists and researchers are still trying to piece together the mystery of exactly how and why some areas were wiped out by tsunami and others escaped.
International teams of geologists are mapping out the geological causes and complex effects of the March 11 tsunami waves triggered by a magnitude-9.0 quake off the eastern coast of Japan.
First moments of the tsunami Video
More than 13,000 people died in the tsunami and another 14,000 are still missing and feared washed to sea, including a dozen residents of Yoriso in Miyagi prefecture.
The small fishing village juts out on a peninsula, making it the closest populated point to the epicenter of the quake, and one of the first places to be hit by the tsunami waves.
Rumi Endo, a 17-year-old high school student now sheltered in the village elementary school recounted the terror she felt after rushing to high ground as the tsunami siren sounded.
Japan marks one month since quake, tsunami
"I had never imagined such a thing happening," she said as she showed a video taken on her cell phone, powered by a hand-cranked generator. "I was scared to death."
She said that a total of four waves crashed through the concrete breakwater sheltering the cove. In her video she is screaming as one wave picks up a family member's home and carries it careening far up the hill.
It's the job of teams like that led by Akio Okayasu to figure out just how high those waves got, so experts can help design new defenses against future tsunamis.
Up the coast in the town of Yamada, the professor of engineering at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology measured wave heights of more than 15 meters in some spots.
But some other locations in the same bay look virtually untouched, with waves under half that size.
Wearing hard hats and heavy boots, the teams scramble up cliffs and comb through shattered buildings.
They're scanning for clues such as dirty water lines near the roofs of two-story warehouses and floating fishing gear tangled in power lines that give them a hint of the destructive power of the waves.
They use sophisticated laser pointers, computers with global positioning systems and towering measuring sticks to log the wave heights and strength.
Associate professor of engineering at Georgia Tech Hermann Fritz specializes in monitoring tsunamis. He's conducted field studies of a dozen, including the one off the Indonesian coast in 2004 that killed over 200,000 people.
Still, he was stunned by the amount of debris and the ultimate height of the latest tsunami.
The survey teams have registered run-up heights of nearly 38 meters, or 124 feet, while tsunami waters rushed up to 10 kilometers, or six miles, inland in some places.
In Yamada, the town had just completed a new 7-meter-tall concrete tsunami wall with thick steel gates built to be slammed shut in case of an alert.
The new walls appeared to have held against the initial battering. But the tsunami waters rushed around the older sections on the edges, engulfing the town and then knocking down some sections as the water flowed back to the sea.
Okayasu says that just like a modern computer, in the effort to design new defenses hardware is just part of the solution: software is also needed.
He says that studies like his will help to show where walls need to be built higher or stronger.
But he also warns that rebuilding needs to be done smarter, with easier roads for evacuation, and tall, strong towers for people to gather in.
Okayasu says there also need to be improvements in how people and governments cope with evacuations and disaster planning.
"We can expect another big quake and tsunami to hit within 30 years, maybe in western Japan or somewhere else in the world," says Okayasu.
Words of hope for Japan
"Our final goal here is to help not only Japanese but also other people in the world avoid disaster."In the tsunami aftermath, efforts are focused on new defenses By Brian Walker, CNN... more
California tsunami victim found washed ashore in Oregon
By Michael Martinez, CNN
April 13, 2011 1:14 a.m. EDT
The tsunami wave that swept Dustin Douglas Weber out to sea also destroyed the harbor in Crescent City, California.
Dustin Douglas Weber of California was swept out to sea by the tsunami from Japan
He was photographing the surge last month
Weber's body was found on a beach in Oregon near the Columbia River
(CNN) -- The body of a 25-year-old northern California man swept out to sea while trying to photograph the tsunami's arrival from Japan last month has washed ashore about 380 miles away, in Oregon, officials there said Tuesday.
Dustin Douglas Weber of Klamath, California, was standing on a sand bar near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, California, when he was swept away March 11, authorities said.
He was with two friends who also were carried off by the surge but were able to return safely to shore, authorities said.
Weber was identified by a forensic odontologist using dental records, said Eugene Gray, forensic administrator in the Oregon state medical examiner's office.
His body was found on the shore south of the Columbia River in Oregon on April 2 by a person walking the beach, Gray told CNN.California tsunami victim found washed ashore in Oregon By Michael Martinez, CNN... more