October 3, 2016
“Communicating Disaster Science”: a pre-event of World Tsunami Awareness Day
Last December, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 5 as “World Tsunami Awareness Day.” To commemorate the first “World Tsunami Awareness Day” the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University (IRIDeS), organized “Communicating Disaster Science”: a pre-event of World Tsunami Awareness Day from September 15-17, at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in Honolulu (United States of America), together with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; the event was co-hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Sendai Ikuei Gakuen High School, and the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC). Prof. Yuichi Ono and Ms. Midori Sano (Technical Assistant) participated in the event.
The objective of the event was to share the lessons and experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, while deepening international cooperation on disaster risk reduction. The program included presentations on the latest research concerning disasters such as tsunamis in both Tohoku and Hawaii, and a session on collaboration between academia and media, in which media reporters from Tohoku and Hawaii, and researchers including Prof. Ono took part. Also, the English version of the documentary film “The Great Tsunami in Japan: reflecting on the 2011 disaster” (supervised by IRIDeS Director, Prof. Fumihiko Imamura) was shown for the first time overseas, attracting approximately 300 people, filling the auditorium. In addition, graduates of Sendai Ikuei Gakuen High School who were supported by the people of Hawaii just after the 2011 disaster in a homestay program, expressed their gratitude.