Summary of the Field Survey and Research on “The 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake”

Preliminary Report now available from the Building Research Institute and the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, entitled “The 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake” (the Great East Japan Earthquake)”, September 2011. Read it here.

Summary below:

In order to learn lessons from the unprecedented disaster and contribute to the improvement of disaster mitigation measures, the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM) and the Building Research Institute (BRI) has sent staff members to the affected regions and conducted extensive surveys on the damage to buildings and residential lands caused by the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent fires. The types and parts of buildings on which these surveys have been conducted included wooden houses, reinforced concrete buildings, steel buildings, residential lands, non-structural components and seismically isolated buildings. In addition, NILIM and BRI have conducted scientific researches on the earthquake and tsunami and analyzed recorded strong motions from various sites across Japan. This report consists of the main results from these surveys and researches.

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