Overview of the Damage of Bridges in Aso area

April 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Roads and Bridges

Source from: Akiyama M., “Report on damge to bridges (橋梁調査報告(2016年4月15・16日))”, Report on Damage to Bridges (Japanese) – PDF (retrieved: 04/22/2016). By Cuiyan Kong, Yasutaka Narazaki The 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes includes the main shock earthquake with Mw=7.0 on April...


Collapse of 1700-Year-Old Aso Shrine

April 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Heritage and Historical Structures

By Xin Ma Figure 1 The tower gate, front, and worship hall at Aso Shrine in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, are seen collapsed on April 16, 2016, after a powerful earthquake hit the area early that morning. (Mainichi)   Following the initial tremors on April 14th, the tower gate and hall of worship of...


School buildings still vulnerable in Kumamoto

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Schools

by Erica C. Fischer Schools have been slow to re-open after the two large shaking events in Kumamoto. Originally over 2/3 of the school buildings in the region were closed following the strong shaking. Many schools have been turned into emergency shelters for the public therefore limiting the amount...


Shelter Conditions

by Erica C. Fischer Due to the number of displaced people from the Kumamoto earthquakes, Japan has to build more shelters. People are displaced due to collapsed houses and due to lack of utilities in areas. Many individuals were living in their cars, but due to the large number of aftershocks, that option...


The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake: Overview of damage to roads and bridges

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Roads and Bridges

By Yasutaka Narazaki Graduate Student University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign   Overview of damage investigations conducted after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake Damage investigations that have been conducted after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake are listed below in chronological order. Key words and...


Initial Cost Estimates

April 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Social & Economic Impacts

By Sahar Derakhshan   “Fifty-eight people were reported killed and more than 900 were injured in the quakes. The Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency estimated that more than 3,900 residences and 120 nonresidential buildings were damaged or destroyed. The quakes damaged highways, rail...


Existing housing stock in Japan and past performance during earthquakes

April 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Housing

by Ezra Jampole, Sahar Derakhshan, and Kristen Hess Much of the existing housing stock in Japan is wooden.  According to the World Housing Encyclopedia, in 1993, 68.1% of housing units were wooden, but this has decreased with newer construction.  Much of the existing housing stock is load-bearing timber...


Videos of Damage to Housing

April 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Housing

From the Associated Press: From Kyoto News: From The Start Online: From BNO:


Displaced residents of Kumamoto & Suspended operation of industrial facilities

April 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Emergency Response

Erica C. Fischer, Degenkolb Engineers Over 100,000 persons are displaced in emergency shelters after the two earthquakes that shook Kumamoto. Since the main two shocks (M6.2 and M7) there have been thousands of aftershocks in the region. The U.S. military has offered assistance and sent in over 50,000...


Co-curators Emergency Response

April 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Emergency Response

Erica Fischer and Candice Avanes will be co-curators for the Emergency Response topic on the Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Clearinghouse. Erica Fischer is a Design Engineer at Degenkolb Engineers in Seattle. Candice Avanes is an Engineer at Arup in the Amsterdam office.


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