Earthquake in Japan

On 13 March, a man carries his daughter in an emergency evacuation centre for people affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, in the city of Koriyama, in Fukushima Prefecture.
A man carries his daughter at an emergency evacuation center in Fukushima Prefecture, two days after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan's northeast coast.
UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0420/ADAM DEAN

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit Japan, causing a massive tsunami that washed away entire communities along the northeast coast.

The extent of the devastation was enormous. Compounding concerns about children's safety is the ongoing struggle to contain radiation exposure from a damaged nuclear reactor.

Japan has long been a valuable contributor to UNICEF's relief efforts on behalf of children worldwide. The Japan Committee for UNICEF has raised funds for UNICEF's lifesaving work around the world since 1955. Following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, UNICEF launched a successful fundraising campaign to help the children who were affected.

The Japan Committee for UNICEF remains involved in relief efforts, providing:

  • Recreation kits, underwear and school supplies to children;
  • Safe drinking water for Fuskushima and Miyagi prefectures;
  • Distribution of emergency non-food items; and
  • Back-to-School kits to local governments and other partners.

Learn more about UNICEF's work in other emergencies.