Date: 11 March 2011

Magnitude: 9.0

A 9.0 Richter undersea earthquake on 11 March 2011 triggered a major tsunami that caused massive destruction in Japan’s coastal prefectures of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi. Its impact was exacerbated by a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, making it a triple catastrophe and the worst disaster in Japan’s recorded history. Nearly 20,000 died, close to 27,000 were injured and more than 2,500 people are still missing. Mercy Relief responded swiftly to the worsening crisis, focussing its attention on Iwate and Miyagi.

Partner(s): UNICEF, WFP, Peace Winds Japan, BHN Association, SAP Asia Pacific Japan, Japanese Entrepreneurs Association Wakyo-Kai, Ayaschool, Vivid Creations, Maybank, Apostrophe Digital, Mr. Bean, Focus Media Singapore, Jumbo Group of Restaurants, Japanese local authorities, KPMG, Singapore SOKA Association (SSA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), HSL Constructor, the Panasonic Group of Companies, the Singapore public

How we helped:

  • More than S$2.5 million was raised by Mercy Relief, which collected the money from 20 companies, institutions and members of the public, to cover the costs of:
  • 1,500kg of basic food items worth S$12,100
  • 500kg of basic non-food items worth S$17,300
  • 2,500kg of hygiene essentials worth S$114,500
  • A fresh food (e.g. fruits and vegetables) programme worth S$109,000
  • A child nutrition programme for more than 1,200 students at five elementary and two junior high schools, worth S$32,000
  • Ready-to-eat-meals worth S$1,550,000
  • Radiation protective suits worth S$150,000
  • A livelihood project worth S$320,000, where locals were trained to handle heavy machinery to increase their employment opportunities
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