Japanese earthquake highlights importance of disaster risk reduction

Margareta Wahlstrom

The strongest earthquake in nearly 150 years has struck Japan. Measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, the quake has resulted in a tsunami, hundreds of lives lost and the evacuation of thousands near nuclear plants. Japan, says Margareta Wahlstrom, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, is a country the Japanese themselves say is constantly shaking from earthquakes. She spoke to Gerry Adams about this current disaster and what countries can do to reduce disaster risk.

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