2007年4月ソロモン諸島地震・津波災害とその対応の社会的側面 [in Japanese] Social Responses and Recovery Processes in the April 2, 2007 Earthquake Tsunami Disaster of the Solomon Islands [in Japanese]
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On April 2, 2007 (local time at epicenter), massive earthquake of the magnitude of 8.1 occurred at the western part of Solomon Islands. The devastative tsunami due to the earthquake struck numerous islands, and slope failures occurred at many place near the epicenter. The tsunami and slope failures killed 52 people, affected more than 300 villages. 24, 000 displaced people had been living at inland higher place being afraid of tsunamis for 2 months. This paper summarizes the societal aspects of the disaster such as responses and recovery processes reporting the result of field survey. In this event, newly-immigrated people, children, administration officials and medical staffs were distinctively affected. Coordination of early international assistances accelerated the response and recovery phases of the disaster. However, newly-immigrated people have severe difficulties to rehabilitate their lives and community. They have no private property except for the place they had been living until the disaster, but they cannot return to their village without the vision of the safe way to live there or without solving problem of land tenure.
- Journal of Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science
Journal of Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science 26(2), 203-214, 2007-08-31