Okushiri, Hokkaido

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Okushiri
奥尻町
Town
Flag of Okushiri
Flag
Official seal of Okushiri
Chapter
Location of Okushiri in Hokkaido (Hiyama Subprefecture)
Location of Okushiri in Hokkaido (Hiyama Subprefecture)
Okushiri is located in Japan
Okushiri
Okushiri
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°10′N 139°31′E / 42.167°N 139.517°E / 42.167; 139.517Coordinates: 42°10′N 139°31′E / 42.167°N 139.517°E / 42.167; 139.517
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Hiyama Subprefecture)
District Okushiri District, Hokkaido
Government
 • Mayor Takumi Shimmura
Area
 • Total 142.98 km2 (55.20 sq mi)
Population (30 September 2016)
 • Total 2,812
 • Density 20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Japanese Yew
 • Flower Rugosa Rose
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 806 Okushiri, Okushiri-chō, Okushiri-gun, Hokkaidō
043-1498
Website www.town.okushiri.lg.jp

Okushiri (奥尻町?, Okushiri-chō) is a town encompassing all of Okushiri Island, located in Okushiri District, Hiyama Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2016, the town has an estimated population of 2,812 and a density of 20 persons per km². The total area is 142.98 km².

Hiyama Prefectural Natural Park encompasses the entire island and town.

History[edit]

On July 12, 1993,[1] the Southwest Hokkaido Open Sea earthquake (北海道南西沖地震) of magnitude 7.8[1] in the Sea of Japan off southwest Hokkaido created a devastating tsunami. This tsunami killed 198[1] people in the town, despite a tsunami warning system and a seawall, and also caused landslides on the hills above. Another 32 people were missing, including 3 in Russia and 129 were injured. The subsequent fire burned down much of what remained. The island was reshaped by the tsunami, which was 10 meters high in town. The tsunami struck within five minutes of the earthquake, leaving residents absolutely no warning.

The name Okushiri comes from the Ainu name Ikusyun-shiri. Iku means other side and shiri means island.[2]

  • 1906: The village of Okushiri was founded.
  • 1966: Okushiri Village became Okushiri Town.
  • 1993: Southwest Hokkaido Open Sea earthquake occurred.

Sister city[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Okushiri Airport serves the island.

Education[edit]

  • High school
    • Hokkaido Okushiri High School[4]
  • Junior high school
    • Okushiri Junior High School
    • Aonae Junior High School
  • Elementary school
    • Okushiri Elementary School
    • Aonae Elementary School

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c HIRATA, YUZUKI; MASAKAZU MURAKAMI (Nov 16, 2006). "Island hit by 1993 killer tsunami remains vigilant". Japan Times. The Japan Times Ltd. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  2. ^ "About location and geography of Okushiri-cho". Official Home Page of Okushiri Town. Okushiri Town. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  3. ^ Okushiri:Links
  4. ^ Hokkaido Okushiri High School

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