Tuesday, March 6, 2012

15 tsunami-hit schools to move to high ground, 38 staying put: Mainichi survey

Among 86 public elementary and junior-high schools in three prefectures hit hardest by the March 2011 tsunami, only 15 will be moved to higher ground, a Mainichi survey has found.

Twelve primary and three junior high schools in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures are planning to move, while 38 schools -- 27 primary and 11 junior-high -- stated they would stay where they were despite being swamped in the disaster.

The survey queried the boards of education of 37 municipalities along the Pacific coast. Thirty schools -- 21 primary and nine junior high -- answered that as of the first anniversary of the earthquake on March 11, they would still be holding classes in their existing buildings. Meanwhile, 11 primary and four junior high schools said they would be holding classes at temporary facilities, while 28 primary and 12 junior high schools will be borrowing space at other schools. One elementary school in Fukushima Prefecture answered that it will not be holding class. Read More