JDR Vol.16 No.2 pp. 170-175
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2021.p0170


Geotourism and Disaster Storytelling: Lessons from 2013 Izu-Oshima Island Debris Flow Disaster

Kana Nishitani*1, Kazuyuki Nakagawa*2, and Shingo Nagamatsu*3,*4,†

*1Global Nature Club
1-74 Aza Kitano, Motomachi, Osima, Tokyo 100-0101, Japan

*2Jiji Press Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

*3Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan

*4National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Ibaraki, Japan

Corresponding author

September 1, 2020
December 24, 2020
February 1, 2021
geotourism, disaster storytelling, risk communication, debris flow disaster

This report supports geotourism as an effective method of disaster storytelling, based on the lessons learned during and after the 2013 Izu-Oshima Island Debris Flow Disaster. Geotourism can provide a geological explanation to visitors as to why the disaster occurred in Izu-Oshima island, while also allowing a vital opportunity to help local people impacted by the disaster make sense of their catastrophic experiences. By doing so, individuals involved in geotourism can share a reverence and respect for the living Earth, which enables us to move forward even after experiencing a catastrophic disaster. This function is very similar to what Disaster Storytelling has.

Cite this article as:
K. Nishitani, K. Nakagawa, and S. Nagamatsu, “Geotourism and Disaster Storytelling: Lessons from 2013 Izu-Oshima Island Debris Flow Disaster,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.16 No.2, pp. 170-175, 2021.
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