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Emergency Response

Italy: PWJ’s Search and Rescue team arrives in Turkey for a joint needs assessment for earthquake response in Italy


On August 24th at 3:30am, an earthquake with a magnitude (M) 6.2 struck central Italy. Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and our partner organization Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) have dispatched joint Search and Rescue (SAR) team along with one SAR dog. PWJ and A-PAD arrived in Turkey, where they were joined by GEA, [...]

Kumamoto:3-Month Report of Our Relief Mission


PWJ would like to express our sympathy to all people affected by the earthquakes in Kumamoto and other areas, we pray for their faster recovery. Since immediately after the disaster struck the area, PWJ has been working on the earthquake disaster relief mission in Mashiki-town, Kumamoto, one of the most severely affected areas by the [...]

Kumamoto: More shelters and relief items for the evacuees


Even though it is more than a week ago that Kumamoto was first struck by the large earthquakes on 14 and 16 April, there are still more than 80,000 people staying at some 700 evacuation centers in and around Kumamoto. Many of the evacuees have their houses destroyed by the earthquakes, others are too afraid [...]

Kumamoto: Emergency shelters set up in Mashiki Town


As numerous aftershocks continue to pose risks of further damage and prolong anxiety of those affected by the two large earthquakes that struck Kumamoto on 14 and 16 April, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) brought in two “balloon shelters,” large-size, air-inflated tents, to Mashiki Town on 17 April. Mashiki was hit by the largest jolt in [...]

Kumamoto: Search and rescue operation ongoing for earthquake victims


An earthquake of the magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale struck Kumamoto in the south part of Japan late at night on 14 April, leaving 9 people dead and more than 1,000 injured. This tremor, however, turned out to be just a foreshock of a still larger quake of the magnitude of 7.3 that [...]