2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami

Sat, 03/12/2011 – 17:25 – Cameron

Tohoku Projects

The 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami (東北地方太平洋沖地震, Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin] was a 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 2:46pm on 11 March 2011. According to game research : mougle

The epicenter was eighty miles off the coast of the Oshika Peninsula, creating a tsunami that devastated the coast. Government officials estimate more than 10,000 have died, 50,000 are without water and 1.5M without power. Architecture for Humanity and its’ teams in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto are partnering with other organizations to mobilize around the long term reconstruction effort. We are asking you to give now, so we can build later. Below we will be updating our initiative as events unfold.


We are working with a coalition of individuals to update foreign nationals in Japan with the latest information regarding unfolding events. This is also being done via twitter the hashtag #honyaquake | We need 24 hours of continuous translating.

Transitional and Emergency Phase

Raise funds for reconstruction effort and initial assessment. (working with JIA and professional building associations)

Reconstruction Phase

On a grassroots level, the greatest impact we can make is to focus on specific small scale building projects for local community organizations. These ‘urban acupuncture’ projects create a ripple effect of social cohesion and change. As we raise more funds we will green light additional centers. It is our aim to raise $200,000* to build the first of these projects. *Any funding raised over and above this initial goal will be also be directed to post-disaster reconstruction support in Japan.

Please read our plan for reconstruction below to gain a full understanding of the response we will be making.

About Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity has been working in post disaster reconstruction since 1999 and has designed and built hundreds of homes, schools, clinics and community facilities for those affected. To date we have worked in long term reconstruction efforts in Burma, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Pakistan, Chile, Haiti and the United States.

On average we spent 4 years on our rebuilding effort – We are the last responders. We don’t offer hope, we build solutions.

Program Updates:

Apr 28, 2011

A massive 8.9 quake has struck off the coast of Japan. The effects could be felt as far away as Beijing and a tsunami with 33ft waves has devastated the Japanese coastline. 4M people are without power and over 1000 people are feared dead.

The chapter members from Osaka and Kyoto are keeping us updated on this current disaster. Please follow us on twitter at @archforhumanity or Osaka chapter organizer Kana Kondo at @koncham

Our thoughts are with those in the region right now and we will announce on Monday what action we will be taking.