Tsunamis rank among the Earth’s most destructive natural disasters. They create devastating floods and mudslides of terrifying force and speed with a destructive power that can demolish buildings, scattering contents over miles. Cultural and historical materials recovered from a tsunami will likely face similar problems as materials recovered from floods and mudslides. For information on salvage of such materials, prepared by the Library’s Preservation Directorate see Flood/Water and Mudslide.
Following the March 11, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the Tokushu Paper Trading Company in Tokyo requested permission to translate web content provided by the Library’s Preservation Directorate, “Preserving Treasures After a Disaster.”
The Japanese translation can be found at