International Disaster Relief Activities following earthquake in New Zealand’s South Island

 In response to damage caused by an earthquake that occurred on New Zealand’s South Island at around 8pm (Japan Time) on the 13th of November 2016, a request was received from the Government of New Zealand for the dispatch of a Maritime Self Defence Force P-1 Patrol Aircraft to conduct flights to assess the damage. Upon receiving this request, a Maritime Self Defence Force P-1 Patrol Aircraft taking part in a multinational joint training exercise  in New Zealand was incorporated into the New Zealand International Disaster Relief Squadron, whereupon it proceeded to conduct international disaster relief activities from November 15th to 18th. These activities consisted of overflights of the disaster affected area,  visual confirmations, and photography. This information was then presented to the Government of New Zealand.  At the time, Embassy defence attachés jointly accredited to New Zealand liaised with the New Zealand Ministry of Defence on the ground in New Zealand.

 Together with the navies of the United States, Australia, and Canada, the rapid assistance provided  by the Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force allowed the Government of New Zealand to respond to the disaster.
 

P-1 Patrol Aircraft Departs 
 

Disaster assessment from inside the aircraft
 

Earthquake Damage 1 (road cut off because of landslide) 

Earthquake Damage 2 (road cut off because of landslide)