New Report Available: Lifeline Performance

On April 16, 2016, a M7.0 earthquake occurred near Kumamoto, Japan. This earthquake resulted in 70 fatalities, thousands of injuries, and various types of damage to more than 10,000 structures. There was also a wide range of damage to lifelines. New TCLEE members Alex Tang (M.EERI, 1985) and John Eidinger...


New EERI Briefing Video Online – “Damage to Highway Bridges”

December 23, 2016 by  
Filed under EERI Response, Roads and Bridges

The EERI Learning from Earthquakes Briefing Series on the April 16, 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake is a series of 15-minute video presentations on various aspects of the earthquake. You can find the series by clicking here, or click here to view entire playlist (Vimeo).   NEW (below): Damage to Highway...


Kumamoto Damage Extent by Google Earth 3D

September 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Housing

By: Sahar Derakhshan   “Google Earth has updated the 3D imagery for part of Kumamoto with imagery captured after the event. The extent of the damage to buildings is clear because the roofs have been patched with light blue tarpaulin that is highly visible.” (Google Earth Blog) Google...


Overview of Damage to Roads and Bridges in Nishihara Area

May 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Ground Motion, Roads and Bridges

By Yasutaka Narazaki, Cuiyan Kong   Overview of Nishihara Area Nishihara area is located 10km northeast from Mashiki town and faces Minami-Aso village on its east end. The area is located on the Futagawa fault zone which showed slips around 2m at the ground surface (right strike-slip fault) [1]....


Overview of Damage to Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Kumamoto

May 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Reinforced Concrete Buildings

By Emrah Tasdemir & Nicole Paul Emrah Tasdemir and Nicole Paul will be co-curators for the Reinforced Concrete Buildings topic on the Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse. Emrah Tasdemir is a PhD student at North Carolina State University.  Nicole Paul works for the Advanced Technology...


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...


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