Use of a geographic information system (GIS) in the medical response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan

Takashi Nagata, Yoshinari Kimura, Masami Ishii

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Abstract

The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011. In the first 10 days after the event, information about radiation risks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was unavailable, and the disaster response, including deployment of disaster teams, was delayed. Beginning on March 17, 2011, the Japan Medical Association used a geographic information system (GIS) to visualize the risk of radiation exposure in Fukushima. This information facilitated the decision to deploy disaster medical response teams on March 18, 2011.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-215
Number of pages3
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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