ENVS 220 (Environmental Analysis), Spring 2020
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Understanding preparedness and recovery is key to studying human response to natural disaster. The best way to prepare and recover is through proper communication. Japan, a country on the Ring of Fire with a history of natural disasters, is specifically prone to natural disasters caused by earthquakes. As such, Japan’s earthquake response has evolved over time, and continues to reiterate and improve. The 2011 Tōhoku megathrust earthquake and tsunami is today the most powerful earthquake recorded in Japan at a record magnitude 9.1, making study of Japan’s preparation and recovery after this disaster a particularly interesting and important situated focus. In many ways, Tohoku was an unprecedented event for Japan, and a test to Japanese earthquake preparation and cultural resilience after a devastating natural event. There are two key components to any community’s survival: communication and community ties between local government and its residents. Complete implementation of community programs and wider broadcasting are essential to continue proper preparedness and recovery for areas and people who are affected by disaster.
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Framing Question: In what ways do governments and local/residential communities collectively respond to unprecedented natural disasters?
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Focus Question: How does communication between community members play a role in preparedness and recovery in the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku disaster?
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