‘This is not a “what if” story’: Tokyo braces for the earthquake of a century

Haiti Earthquake research revealed: A total of 60.4% of the sampled survivors reported fearing for their lives during the earthquake. Besides the insomnia reported by nearly all respondents, 43% said they had nightmares related to the event. About 22% showed symptoms of depression as well. Image credit: https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=3D4E6019DAE4CFE8EFD14599E0288660F7E48724&thid=OIP.EBXpoomKHj4c59bhwNRvgwHaEJ&mediaurl=https%3A%2F%2F3dprint.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F05%2Fhaiti-earthquake.jpg&exph=448&expw=800&q=haiti+earthquake+2010&selectedindex=29&ajaxhist=0&vt=0&eim=1,6


Sleep Issues Linked to PTSD in Haiti Earthquake Survivors

Preliminary findings from a study of survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti suggest that sleep issues related to the disaster persist and are associated with ongoing mental health problems, a researcher said here.

Two years after the quake — which according to some estimates killed more than 200,000 people — 94% of surveyed survivors said they experienced insomnia following the disaster, 42% showed clinically significant levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and roughly 22% exhibited symptoms of depression, said Judite Blanc, PhD, of New York University School of Medicine at SLEEP 2019, the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS)…


‘This is not a “what if” story’: Tokyo braces for the earthquake of a century

very day, at 5pm, the gentle melody of the children’s song Yuyake Koyake chimes across the Minato area of Tokyo from a loudspeaker – one of hundreds dotted across schools and parks throughout this megacity of 37 million people.

The daily jingle does more than signify the arrival of evening. It is a test for the system that is designed to save Tokyoites from what would be one of the worst natural disasters in recorded human history: an earthquake striking the centre of the most populous city on Earth.

The last great quake to hit Tokyo was in 1923. Experts estimate the next one is due roughly a century on, with an estimated 70% chance of a magnitude-7 quake hitting Tokyo before 2050. It is no longer a question of if but when the big one will come…

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