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Canada's Response to the Earthquake in Japan

On March 11, 2011, a powerful 9.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan and a series of significant aftershocks have already struck the same area.

Government of Canada officials in Ottawa and at our Embassy in Tokyo are closely monitoring the situation and are working closely with local authorities to identify and locate Canadians in need of assistance. Embassy staff are providing consular assistance where required.

It is estimated there are over 11,000 Canadians in Japan. More than 4,000 Canadians are registered and more than 12,600 calls were received at DFAIT's Emergency Operations Centre. We are aware of the death of one Canadian citizen.

There are currently 16 Canadian federal departments and agencies collaborating within Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Task Force on Natural Disasters Abroad.

The Government of Canada is also working in close coordination with provincial and territorial authorities and stands ready to respond to other specific requests for assistance.

Travel advice

DFAIT advises against non-essential travel to the areas of northern Honshu that were directly affected by the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. However, using the Tohoku Expressway and the Tohoku Shinkansen Railway to transit through this area is considered safe. We advise against all travel within 30 km of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Please consult the complete travel report.

Other important links

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News releases

Contact information
  • Canadians in Japan - 81-3-5412-6200 or (collect) 613-944-2471

  • Canadians in Canada - 613-944-2471 or
    1-800-606-5499

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