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The damages caused by the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake and Actions taken by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(March24)

  ※ The data will be updated.

1. Summary of the earthquake (by Japan Meteorological Agency)

  (1) Date and time : 11 March 2011 14:46 JST (Friday)
  (2) Hypocenter :130km off the Pacific coast of Tohoku region, from Iwate to Ibaraki Prefectures
  (3) Depth : 24km
  (4) Magnitude : M9.0
  (5) Seismic Intensity in typical place 
 

JMA Seismic Intensity

Area

7

Northern part of Miyagi prefecture

6+

Southern and Central part of Miyagi prefecture

Nakadori and  Hamadori of Fukushima prefecture

Northern and Southern part of Ibaraki prefecture

Northern and Southern part of Tochigi prefecture

6-

Southern part of coastal area, northern part of inland area and southern part of inland area of Iwate prefecture

Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture

Southern part of Gunma prefecture

Southern part of Saitama prefecture

North-west part of Chiba prefecture

 

  (6) Observed Tsunami (by Japan Meteoro;ogical Agency)
     Kamaishi offshore in Iwate: Maximum 6.8m on 15:12JST 11 March 2011
     Miyako offshore in Miyagi: Maximum 6.3m on 15:12JST 11 March 2011
     Hirota bay of Kesennuma offshore: Maximum 6.0m on 15:14JST 11 March 2011

     ※ These data observation on offshore might be much higher on coast. 

 

2. Damages of agricultural, forestry and fisheries

     ※ Damages are based on the current report  and  are still under investigation. (Written on 12:00 23 March)
 

Fisheries

Fish vessels

2,333

Under investigation

Catastrophic damages on Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture and Fukushima prefecture. In addition, damages were reported from Hokkaido, Aomori prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture, Chiba prefecture, Kanagawa prefecture, Mie prefecture, Wakayama prefecture, Kochi prefecture, Oita prefecture and Miyazaki prefecture. The damages of Fish vessels and fishery harbor facilities are predicted to increase substantially.

(Vessels registered in  Tokyo Metropolitan, Ishikawa prefecture, Shizuoka prefecture, Aichi prefecture, Shimane prefecture, Tokushima prefecture, Kagoshima prefecture had damaged while moored in disaster area)

 

 

 

 

Fishery harbor facilities

125 harbors

Under investigation

Aquaculture facilities

A lot of damages are reported

Under investigation

Agricultural crops etc.

agricultural crops damaged by flood and washout, and livestock death etc.

Under investigation

Under investigation

Aomori prefecture, Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture, Akita prefecture, Yamagata prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Gunma prefecture, Saitama prefecture, Chiba prefecture, Yamanashi prefecture, Nagano prefecture, Niigata prefecture and Mie prefecture

Damage of plastic greenhouse or livestock barn

Under investigation

Under investigation

Agricultural land, facilities

Damaged agricultural land

599 areas

2,056

Aomori prefecture, Iwate prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Gunma prefecture, Saitama prefecture, Chiba prefecture, Nagano prefecture and Mie prefecture

Damaged agricultural facilities etc.

5,991 facilities

59,339

Aomori prefecture, Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture, Akita prefecture, Yamagata prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Gunma prefecture, Saitama prefecture, Chiba prefecture, Kanagawa prefecture, Nagano prefecture, Shizuoka prefecture, Niigata prefecture and Mie prefecture

Forestry

Forest fire (All cases were controlled)

4 cities/towns

Under investigation

Iwate prefecture

Desolation of forests land

157 points

6,328

Hokkaido, Aomori prefecture, Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture, Akita prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Ibaraki prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Gunma prefecture, Chiba prefecture, Niigata prefecture, Nagano prefecture, Shizuoka prefecture and Kochi prefecture

Damage of facilities for maintaining forest

39 points

4,579

Damage of forest road

358 points

807

Processing and marketing facilities etc.

259 equipments

620

 

     (Reference) Human suffering (Reported by National Police Agency on 8:00, 23 March)
                        Number of Death: 9,301 
                        Number of Missing : 13,788
                        Number of Injured : 2,722

 

3. Responses of MAFF to the earthquake disaster (as of March 22nd,12:00)

(1) Main responses of Japanese government to the earthquake disaster

     ・Japanese government established disaster countermeasures office.(March 11th)

     ・Japanese government dispatched governmental investigation teams to Miyagi prefecture (on March 11th), Iwate and Fukushima prefecture (on March 12th).

        ※MAFF dispatched 5 stuff to each teams.
        ・Japanese government designate the disaster by the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake as Heavy Disaster covered with all parts of the country.
 

(2) Main responses of MAFF to the earthquake disaster

【 Establishment of framework within MAFF 】

   ・MAFF established MAFF Earthquake Response Headquarters(March 11th)
     ・MAFF established the contact point of consultation service for the damages in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. (March 12th)
     ・MAFF confirmed MAFF Disaster Response Measures at MAFF Earthquake Response Headquarters. (March 12th)
     ・MAFF enhanced provision of the information through the MAFF’s Website  

【 Establishment of support system in the devastated area 】

・MAFF’s staff dispatched to the Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures are engaged in emergency food assistance in collaboration with local authorities.
・Tohoku Regional Agricultural Administration Office, Tohoku Regional Forest Office, Kanto Regional Forest Office, Local Agricultural Administration Offices, Governmental Project Offices are also providing the necessary assistances in cooperation with these disaster countermeasures office on site.
・Fisheries Agency’s fishery oversight vessels (3 vessels) are engaged in the search activities on site (as of March 23rd).
・With cooperation with related organizations, Tohoku Regional Forest Office and Kanto Regional Forest Office are engaged in the food transportation to the evacuation centers by 20 cars. (March 16th ~) 

【Site survey】

・Hokkaido Regional Forest Office, Tohoku Regional Forest Office, Kanto Regional Forest Office, Chubu Regional Forest Office conducted researches by helicopters.(March 12th, 13th, 16th, 19th)
※Researchs were conducted around Fujinomiya city on March 16th.
・Hon. Ms. Tanabu, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries conducted the site survey to check on the damages and exchanged information and opinions with victims in Miyako City and Yamada Town, Iwate prefecture.(March 20th)
・Fishery survey vessel Hakuryu Maru was engaged in the confirmation of the safety of some inhabitants in Oshika peninsula and provided the information to the Ishinomaki city government. (March 18th~21st  )

 

【Securing food】

・MAFF requested related organizations to secure enough food for victims.(March 11th)
・MAFF is responding for the request of emergency food supply from Ibaraki, Fukushima, Yamagata, Miyagi, Iwate and Aomori.
・MAFF requested related organizations to establish the framework to supply enough charcoal, artificial coal and so on.
・MAFF provided 20t of charcoal and 300 sets of stove burners for Miyagi prefecture and 1t of charcoal and 300 sets of stove burners for Fukushima prefecture (March 17th, 22nd ) .MAFF secures 308t of charcoal and 750 sets of stove burners to provide as of March 23rd.
・Fisheries Agency’s fishery oversight / survey vessels (6 vessels) transported 24,000 cans of powder milk, 100,000 cups of instant noodles, 420KL of diesel oil and 300kl of heavy fuel oil type A to the devastated area.(March 17th ~)
・Relevant Ministries including Forest agency requested the related organizations to provide housing material smoothly to respond to the shortage of them .(March 18th) 

【Finance】

・MAFF requested related financial institutions to give smooth finance and rescheduling of loans and so on to victims in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. (March 11th) 

【Rural land and agricultural facilities】

・MAFF gave each prefectures instructions to check dams and storage reservoirs and prevent secondary disasters based on the premise of maximum priority on human life.
・MAFF dispatched experts of National Institute for Rural Engineering and staff in charge to Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture for the emergency checkups of agricultural facilities based on the requests from these prefectures. (March 13th~)
・MAFF delivered 59 pumps for first aid from Land Improvement Technology Offices to Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture and 34 out of 59 pumps are under operation in each prefectures. All the rest are on standby or to be prepared.(March 23rd) 

【Other issues】

・MAFF operated the customs and quarantines rapidly in close cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant ministries by giving information of the procedures of customs and quarantines of rescue dogs just after the earthquake. As a result of this operation, Japanese government has accepted 41dogs from U.K. , U.S. , Australia, Mexico, Swiss, Germany, Singapore and South Korea.
・MAFF issued technical guidelines in terms of feeding method to respond mixed feed shortage and temperature control of windless livestock facilities and horticulturalfacilities under blackout condition. (March 15th)   
・In support of ensuring the supply of mixed feeds, MAFF conducted the following measures.
a) request to concerned bodies on transportation of mixed feeds by domestic vessels and tracks from Kyushu, Hokkaido, etc.
b) lending service of stocked feed grains to livestock farmers with no fee and no security.

 

 

 

 

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