Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Damage Response
When the massive earthquake struck North Eastern Japan on 11th March 2011, followed by a tsunami of unprecedented size, the whole world was shocked by the magnitude of the disaster. No one anticipated at that moment that a 3rd wave of attack would come in the form of the release of nuclear radiation from one of the crippled nuclear power plants located in Fukushima prefecture.
Despite the risks created by aftershocks of magnitude up to 7.5, tsunamis, radiation, below zero temperatures and snow, as well as hotels without electricity, heating or food, BELFOR Japan personnel met our customers’ challenge from the first day. As soon as Sunday 13th March, our Managing Director and technical staff flew by helicopter to a crippled semiconductor manufacturing facility at Sendai, and commenced restoration work.
Over the following days and weeks, the BELFOR Japan colleagues provided consulting advice to approximately 40 clients, and commenced recovery projects at 8 client sites (among others a semiconductor plant, two paper mills, a metal can manufacturer and a magnetic film manufacturer).
Additionally, within a period of 5 days we set up a recovery facility at Fukuoka, some 1,000 km from the damaged nuclear plant, and clients dispatched equipment to be restored and restoration work commenced from this location on Monday 11th April 2011.
Currently, approximately 30 BELFOR personnel are working in Japan, supported by 40 contracted personnel. Most of the work being carried out relates to the restoration of machinery and equipment.