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Table 1 Timeline of events following the earthquake

From: Determinants and supporting factors for rebuilding nursing workforce in a post-disaster setting


Accidents / Government’s response

Hospitals’ operations

11 March 2011

The earthquake and tsunami occurred

Response to emergency patients

Evacuation order for 3 km radius of NPP issued


12 March

The explosion of Unit 1 at NPP

Transportation of patients began


Evacuation order of 20 km radius

Voluntary evacuation advice to staff (Public Hospital and Public Hospital 2)

14 March

The explosion of Unit 3


15 March

The explosion of Unit 4


Stay-In-House order for 30 km radius issued


17 March

Emergency evacuation plan issued


The city’s evacuation transportation for residents began


18–21 March


Private Hospital 2 and JA hospital closure

Public Hospital’s patient wards closed, operations limited to outpatients

Private Hospital 1 closure *Reopened 4 April