When a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, a tsunami some 40 meters (133 feet) high was triggered. More than 15,000 people were killed, 300,000 were evacuated, and 3,100 people are still unaccounted for. A nuclear emergency was triggered in the Fukushima area. World Vision supported earthquake- and tsunami-affected communities with relief items; established community kitchens in evacuation centers; and set up Child-Friendly Spaces. The current recovery and rehabilitation phase of the response also incorporates an expansion of support to children; the recovery of livelihoods in the fishing industry; child-focused disaster preparedness; and support to Fukushima evacuees.
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