January 21, 2022

Japan–Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Energy Resources

We will continue to update this collection as new resource are discovered and/or events warrant.

UPDATE (3/18/2011):


Nature Magazine Magazine
Scientific American
World Nuclear News


Center for International Disaster Information


GE Reports (General Electric)

UPDATE (3/15/2011): Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami – Mar 2011
From ReliefWeb, UN Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Maps, Updates, and a Large List of Reports About How Various Countries/Organizations are Helping and what News Organizations are Reporting

UPDATE (3/13/2011): Insurance Information Institute — Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunamis: Resource Page

UPDATE (3/13/2011): Stratfor Global Intelligence — The Japanese Disaster: Full Coverage

UPDATE (3/13/2011): NASA Satellite Image of Flooding

UPDATE (3/12/2011): Digital Globe is making a five page (PDF) “First Look” damage analysis (unclassified) report available.

DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook imagery service provides a before and after imagery-based perspective of the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan’s coast on March 11, 2011. This prototype FirstWatch imagery report provides an initial imagery and geospatially-based assessment of the damage seen at the two Fukushima nuclear power plants (Fukushima Dai-ichi; Fukushima Dai-ni) and in Sendai, a port city in northeastern Japan. Imagery collected on March 12, 2011 reveals widespread destruction including evidence of collapsed structures, extensive debris, massive flooding and damage to key infrastructure caused by the earthquake and the tsunami.


Reuters AlertNet (Pictures, Video, and more)

Fast Sheet: Japan and Earthquakes
Fact Sheet: Aid and Rescue Offers for Japan Quake

Reuters: Live Blog
Hat Tip: Don Reisinger (CNET)


Embassy of the United States — Tokyo, Japan: Fact Sheet on the Current Situation

U.S. State Department Travel Alert: Japan

Countermeasures for 2011 Tohoku district – off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake (Prime Minster of Japan and His Cabinet)

Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Offer of assistance from foreign countries and regions (Tohoku Pacific Earthquake)

Nuclear Energy Safety Institute (NESI)
U.S. Department of Energy and international partners.

Lists and Maps

The DigitalGlobe Web Site and the Google Earth Blog are making NEW satellite imagery available.

The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection (U. of Texas at Austin) is Compiling a Collection of Maps and GIS Data

+ Worldwide: Maps of Nuclear Reactor Locations (INES)

Resources Include:

2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami (via OpenStreetMap)

Japan Earthquake Viewer (Texas Tech University)

Japan Sendai Earthquake Data Portal (Harvard)

Earthquake List and Maps for Asia (Real Time) from USGS

esri Global Incident Viewer (Hat Tip: All Points Blog)

Selected English Language Media Direct from Japan

Video: NHK World
A live video feed of NHK World Television (in English) is available.
You can also access the video feed via www.jibtv.com

Asahi Shimbun

Japan Today

Kyodo News (Limited Content for Non-Subscribers)

The Mainichi Daily News

Nikkei.com (Limited Content for Non-Subscribers)

Yomiuri Shimbun

Nuclear Energy


Updates from World Nuclear News (WNN)
Look for updated links on WNN homepage

Country Profiles

Japan Energy Profile (Energy Information Administration, U.S.)
Some statistics are also available here.

Japan Nuclear Energy Profile (via IAEA)


IAEA Alert Log (International Atomic Energy Agency)

IAEA Nuclear Infrastructure Bibliography (via IAEA Library)
Includes direct links to most documents.

IAEA PRIS (Power Reactor Information Database)

IAEA on Twitter

Internet Resources

IAEA Annotated Web Directory of Nuclear Resources


Japan Atomic Industrial Forum
Updates and Operating Records of Nuclear Power Plants


Glossary-Full Text (Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S.)

List of Terms (via Westinghouse)

Tokyo Electric Power Company
Various resources including situation updates and the 2011 “Corporate Brochure” (34 pages; PDF)

World Nuclear Association (WNA)

WNA Reactor Database

Direct to Japan Nuclear Reactor Info

Additional Resources and Resource Compilations

Information on the Japanese Earthquake and Reactors in That Region
A growing collection from the Nuclear Energy Institute (U.S.)

Japan Country Statistics (Foreign Press Center)

Japan Media Directory

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.