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Disaster Relief Activities in the Wake of the Iwate-Miyagi Quake

The magnitude-7.2 Iwate-Miyagi Inland Earthquake of June 14 caused great damage in both prefectures. Units mainly comprising members of the GSDF Northeastern Army were dispatched to the affected areas based on requests for emergency relief from the two prefectures’ governors.


Disaster Relief Activities in the Wake of the Iwate-Miyagi Quake The Ministry of Defense set up a disaster liaison office immediately after the earthquake, and the Ground, Maritime, and Air SDF promptly launched informationgathering operations. Requests for emergency relief were made by the governors of Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures, following which all three SDF dispatched personnel to the affected areas.
    Collapsed roads hampered the transport of heavy equipment, but large-scale efforts were carried out to rescue trapped victims, search for those missing, and repair damaged roads.
    By July 21, some 26,000 SDF personnel, 8,000 vehicles, and 600 aircraft had been deployed in relief operations, rescuing approximately 350 people and conducting activities at various evacuation centers to supply 600 tons of drinking water and 20,000 meals and provide bathing services for some 7,000 evacuees.
    While relief operations, such as provision of drinking water, meals, and bath services, were completed on July 21, the SDF is continuing to assist evacuees by aircraft to enable them temporarily visit their homes.
 

SDF personnel search for missing persons.
SDF personnel search for missing persons.
Bathing facilities were installed at various evacuation centers.
Bathing facilities were installed at various evacuation centers.

Providing Disaster Relief in the Wake of the Iwate-Miyagi Quake