Overview of Risks
Thousands of people were killed in March 2011 due to a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off Miyagi prefecture on Japan’s north-eastern coast. The massive earthquake, which was followed by a tsunami, caused widespread damage and disruption to vital infrastructure and services such as power, communications and transport. The risk of frequent tremors and aftershocks remains, as Japan is one of the most seismically active areas in the world. Aftershocks following an earthquake of this magnitude can be expected to continue for more than a year.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged by the earthquake/tsunami and the situation there remains serious and dynamic. The U.S. State Department recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel within a 50-mile radius of the facility.
Please also take a moment to visit the U.S. Embassy website for the region you will be visiting:
Updated: 14 November, 2011
UT Restricted Region Map
Links to International News Sources
Links to Local/National News Sources
The well-being of UT students, faculty, and staff is the primary concern of the UT-Austin International Oversight Committee. We realize that some areas of the world present heightened health, safety, and security risks, and so the resources above are provided to help UT travelers make informed decisions regarding their international travel.