I’m in the process of updating old posts to work with a new blog template, which has been quite a walk down memory lane. Hopefully, when I’ve finished, it will be easier for readers to find some of the older posts, too — the archive of information and experience is rich.

On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm, Japan experience a 9.0 magnitude megathrust earthquake off he coast of northeastern Japan, triggering tsunamis up to 40 meters high. During that time, I wrote a series of blog posts called Aftershocks. They provide a peek into events of that time, if you might have interest in taking a walk through that memory.

Afterschocks (March 12)

Aftershocks 2 (March 15)

Aftershocks 3 (March 27)

Aftershocks 4 (March 29)

Larry Ferlazzo interviewd Joanne Sato, an English teacher based in Fukushima. Her firsthand account of the quake and aftermath still triggers a visceral reaction as I remember waiting anxiously for friends to check in on Facebook or Twitter to confirm that they were okay.

And finally, Masatoshi Watanabe shared excellent learning activities he created for his students based on the earthquake and aftermath.

Lessons learned from the Japan Earthquake

Whenever an earthquake or tsunami takes thousands of innocent lives, a shocked world talks of little else.

Anne M. Mulcahy


Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

About Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto has taught English and ESL in the US, and EFL in Japan. An EFL teacher and teacher trainer since 1985, she has conducted workshops throughout Asia, the USA and Latin America. Barbara’s motto is ‘Always try new things’, so these days, when she’s not teaching, writing, or giving workshops, she’s exploring the potential of new technologies for collaboration and professional development. You can often find Barbara online working with teachers around the world as Program Director for International Teacher Development Institute ( or on her new blog for English teaches who work with young learners, Teaching Children English.

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