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Jan 2024

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Photo: Shoichi Suzuki

Ishikawa Noto Earthquake English Info Session with Focus on Volunteer Activities

Almost one month has passed since the earthquake in the Noto region in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The damage was extensive, with the loss of more than 230 lives, 43,000 houses damaged, and 10,000 residents still in evacuation centers (as of 29 January). Civil society organizations, including Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV), have been working closely with local governments, relevant agencies and aid organizations to provide necessary assistance to the affected population. While tireless efforts to help those in the communities in Noto continue, a couple of local volunteer centers started their activities to respond to the local needs. PBV, together with Social Innovation Japan and NGO Peace Boat, will hold […]

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Jan 2024

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Report: English language information session, 2024 Ishikawa Noto Peninsula Earthquake Emergency Relief

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV), together with Peace Boat, hosted an English language information session on January 14 about emergency relief following the New Year’s Day earthquake which struck the Noto Peninsula area of Ishikawa Prefecture on January 1, 2024. As of January 13, 220 people lost their lives as a result of the disaster, and the full damage is not yet known. Strong aftershocks are still occurring frequently, and local residents are still in a very challenging situation. This session was organised to share with the international community in Japan and beyond updates from the situation on the ground, PBV’s aid activities, and information about how people can support. […]

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Jan 2024

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From the field: Noto Ishikawa Earthquake Relief

“I hadn’t realised how important it is for things to be warm – something to eat, to wash your hands, bathe, and a place to sleep.” These words were shared with us by a local resident. Today, we distributed hot meals at Tada Elementary School in #Suzu City amidst lingering snow. The menu included Chinese-style rice bowls, beef bowls, curry and miso soup – a total of 200 meals. Thanks to the cooperation of the people at the evacuation centre, the service was done very smoothly. We will continue also tomorrow. As the cold winter days continue, we hope that even a moment of warmth will help the stressful situation […]

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Jan 2024

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From the field: Ishikawa Noto Peninsula Earthquake Emergency Relief

Today, we carried out activities in two teams. One group delivered generators, gasoline, body warmers, water and food to areas where roads were connected last night. The heads of each local municipality will now distribute them to each household. This is the first time these areas have received relief supplies, and they gave thanks, almost in tears. Such actions are made possible by information shared at the private sector coordination meetings regarding villages and communities still in isolation. The second group provided hot meals at Tada Elementary Shool in Suzu City. More than 250 meals were served. The warm dishes included rice with mushrooms and wakame seaweed, vegetables and tofu […]

06
Jan 2024

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Initial Response Report: 2024 Ishikawa Noto Peninsula Earthquake Emergency Relief Underway

At around 4:10pm on January 1, 2024, an earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula area of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. We express our deepest sympathy to all affected by the earthquake. The damage is enormous, and the full scale of the disaster and extent of the damage remains is as yet still unknown. Strong aftershocks are still occurring frequently, and local residents are still in a very challenging situation. We are making all efforts to support those affected, ensuring their personal safety and assisting them in getting through these difficult, cold days. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) entered the impacted area immediately after the disaster, and has been coordinating with local organizations, […]

03
Jan 2024

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Ishikawa Earthquake: PBV helps hot-meal distribution in Nanao City

Shortly after the earthquake in Ishikawa Prefecture on 1 January 2024, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) dispatched the staff to the affected areas. In Ishikawa Prefecture alone, more than 34,000 residents are in evacuation centers as of the morning of 3 January. The affected region has a particularly high rate of elderly populations, thus the maintenance of health conditions after the evacuation is a crucial issue. Infrastructure in many parts of the disaster zones has been damaged, and the residents have less access to hot meals to keep them warm in freezing cold weather. PBV team joined local supporters in distribution of hot meals in front of a local fish […]

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Jan 2024

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Ishikawa Noto Peninsula Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund

On 1 January 2024, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 was observed in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture. Immediately after the earthquake, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) started gathering information in cooperation with local organizations, government agencies, and support groups. On 2 January, PBV dispatched the staff to the Noto Peninsula, where the devastating damage had been reported, and is currently conducting damage and needs assessment in the region. Nearly 60,000 people are in evacuation centers in the affected prefectures (as of 2 January). Thousands of houses lost their supply of running water and electricity. Some hospitals need urgent support for patient transfer due to the loss of water and electricity. Suzu City, […]

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Nov 2023

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Happy Giving Tuesday!

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has been carrying out emergency relief projects across Japan and abroad. During this year, the PBV launched relief projects in the following communities along with long-term projects in the areas affected by disasters in previous years. – Hatay, Turkey (earthquakes in February) – Ishikawa, Japan (earthquake in May) – Fukuoka, Japan (heavy rains in July) – Akita, Japan (floods in July and September) – Maui, Hawaii (fires in August) – Chiba, Japan (typhoon No.13 in September) Taking this opportunity, we would like to thank all of our supporters and donors for their continued cooperation. Without such generous support, we wouldn’t have been able to support […]

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May 2023

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Emergency Relief Fund for the Noto Peninsula Earthquake May 2023

On May 5, 2023, at around 14:42, there was an earthquake in Ishikawa Prefecture with a strong tremor of intensity 6 upper on the Japanese seismic scale. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the epicenter was located in the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture, with an estimated depth of 10 km and a magnitude of 6.3. Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) expresses our deepest sympathies to all those affected by this earthquake. The PBV dispatched a team to the affected areas on May 6th, and is currently working on damage and needs assessment in cooperation with the local authorities, NGOs and other support organization. We seek your generous cooperation to […]

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Mar 2023

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Turkiye-Syria Earthquakes: PBV delivered emergency supplies in Hatay, Turkiye

Responding to the earthquakes that occurred on 6th February in southwestern Turkiye, Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) dispatched staff members to the affected areas for damage assessment and emergency relief activity in late February. During the visit, the team delivered emergency relief supplies to the affected communities in Hatay province, one of the worst affected areas. With the support of Turkiye-based members of ASAR Humanity, we distributed more than 400 hot meals, 50 hygiene kits, 30 solar lanterns, and 13 sleeping bags. The items were handed to the residents staying in tents and temporary housing with limited access to lifelines. The distribution was made possible with generous contributions from people […]

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