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Earth Manual Project: a creative way to learn disaster readiness

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, May 20, 2019  /  07:26 pm
Earth Manual Project: a creative way to learn disaster readiness

International: The Earth Manual Project in Jakarta involves artists, architects and experts from Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. (The Japan Foundation/-)

Through its adorable designs and smart concepts, the Earth Manual Project exhibition draws the public’s interest to learn about disaster readiness. Situated on the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is no stranger to earthquakes, with major disasters recorded all over the archipelago throughout history. While one could not certainly stop natural disasters from happening, what one could do is learn, and what better nation to learn from than Japan? Japan’s geographical situation puts it in an area prone to earthquakes and tsunamis, most notably the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, which was recorded at 9.1 on the Richter scale and followed by a 40.5-meter-high tsunami. Indonesia, which grappled with two tsunamis in the Sunda Strait and Sulawesi last year, could certainly learn a few things. However, graphs and statistics can only do so much for the public. “The problem is, whe...