EERI Plans

Download the U.S.-Japanese Reconnaissance Team Roster here.


In response to the M 9.0 great Tohoku-Oki, Japan, earthquake and tsunami of March 11, EERI sent researchers to work with a number of joint U.S/Japan reconnaissance teams. The teams were organized by EERI, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) at Kyoto University, the Architectural Institute of Japan, the Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Institute of Social Safety Science. The U.S. National Science Foundation is providing partial travel support for some of the academic researchers. Professor Jack Moehle, University of California Berkeley, serves as chair of EERI’s Earthquake Reconnaissance Research Advisory Committee and is leading the overall LFE investigation of this earthquake and tsunami, along with Professors Masoyoshi Nakashima and Jim Mori of DPRI at Kyoto University.

EERI’s NSF RAPID grant covers US participants in the following three areas: performance of bridges, led by Ian Buckle of the University of Nevada Reno, and jointly organized with FHWA (co-led by Kazuhiko Kawashima, Tokyo Institute of Technology); engineered buildings, led by John Wallace of UCLA (co-led by Hitoshi Shiohara, University of Tokyo); and government and community response, led by Stephanie Chang of the University of British Columbia (co-led by Shigeo Tatsuki, Doshisha University).

Some team members have already posted initial observations and photos to EERI’s clearinghouse site. Online reports in the style of newsletter inserts will be prepared by each theme group and by researchers who investigated several other issues, including seismology (led by Mori), the tsunami (coordinated by Lori Dengler of Humboldt State University and Dan Cox, Oregon State University, currently on sabbatical in Japan) and geotechnical effects (coordinated by GEER team leaders Nick Sitar, UC Berkeley and Ross Boulanger, UC Davis). These reports will be published online in July, August and September. A summary insert, extracting material from each of these reports, will be published in the EERI Newsletter. Preliminary discussions are also underway for a more complete record of the earthquake as a special issue of Earthquake Spectra. EERI members will receive notifications about these publications as they are released.