UCR to Host Great East Japan Earthquake Photo Exhibition

Japan Earthquake Photo Exhibit

Exhibition will show photos detailing damages of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Photos documenting the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, in which 15,883 people were killed and damages totaled $235 billion, will be on display tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the bell tower. The event is free and open to the public.

Reiko Sato, a lecturer of Japanese in the comparative literature and foreign languages department, organized the event with the help of Yuta Hayashi, an exchange student from Tokyo University and members of UCR’s Sakura-bu (Japan Club).

“This is a way to thank the UCR community and the citizens of Riverside for their generous donations to the relief charity in 2011,” Sato said. “I wanted to share how much people – from the United States and all over the world – helped Japan at that time, and how international cooperation and help from volunteers overseas was greatly appreciated.”

The exhibit will feature 40 photos from Nihonkezai Shinbun, one of Japan’s largest media corporations and two photos from the city of Sendai, Riverside’s sister city in Japan.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey is scheduled to attend the event at noon tomorrow. In addition, a representative from the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), Hiroyo Nonoyama, director of U.S. and Japan programs, will attend to answer questions and discuss Japan’s recovery in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Sponsors for the event include the USJC, TOMODACHI Initiative and UT-Aid. The cities of Riverside and Sendai also contributed to the exhibit. Following the exhibition at UCR, the photos will be shown in an exhibit at UC Irvine.

The Great East Japan Earthquake, also known as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, was a high-magnitude earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 off the eastern coast of Japan, and triggered a tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeastern Tohoku region.

Tsunami waves, reaching heights greater than 100 feet, traveled six miles inland and carried cars, boats and debris into Japan before changing direction and sweeping everything back out to sea. Numerous high-magnitude aftershocks followed the initial earthquake.

Millions of buildings were left without power or electricity and countless people were displaced from their homes and families. Sendai, located in the Tohoku region, was hit especially hard by the disaster. By May 2011, the city of Riverside donated more than $500,000 to Sendai, Riverside’s sister city since 1957. UC Riverside and Tohoku University have since strengthened ties and developed new partnerships.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Reiko Sato at (951) 827-1423 or reiko.sato@ucr.edu.

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