CANNON BEACH — Two survivors from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami will share their experiences in a program titled “Voices from Tohoku” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Cannon Beach City Hall.

Hajime Saito, a principal of a junior high school in the coastal town of Kesennuma, will recount how his school had prepared for the disaster. When the earthquake and tsunami struck, students and faculty responded, and the school served the students and community members who were sheltered there.

Rika Yamamoto was chief of emergency operations at Peace Winds Japan, a disaster response organization, and led a team that established emergency operations immediately after the tsunami.

She will discuss how nonprofit organizations in Japan have contributed to relief and recovery.

“Voices from Tohoku” is a special Oregon Coast installment of the Cascadia Lectures, a series of presentations organized by the Portland Earthquake Project and hosted by the Mercy Corps Action Center in Portland on Tuesday evenings through June 12 (excluding May 15).

Portland Earthquake Project was organized by science and emergency preparedness experts from Mercy Corps, the U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon Red Cross and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.


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