Kumamoto Damage Extent by Google Earth 3D

September 28, 2016 by  
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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...


Existing housing stock in Japan and past performance during earthquakes

April 24, 2016 by  
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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  
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From the Associated Press: From Kyoto News: From The Start Online: From BNO:


Overview of Damage to Housing

April 21, 2016 by  
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by Ezra Jampole, Sahar Derakhshan, and Kristen Hess On April 14, 2016, an M6.2 earthquake occurred near Ueki, Japan, followed by an M7.0 in the early hours of April 15, 2016 near Kumamoto-shi, Japan.  There have been numerous aftershocks.   The town of Mashiki, 15 km from Kumamoto city, was hit hard...


Co-Curators for Housing Topic

April 21, 2016 by  
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Sahar Derakhshan, Kristen Hess, and Ezra Jampole will be co-curating the housing topic of EERI’s Clearinghouse on the Kumamoto, Japan earthquake. Sahar is an Assistant Specialist at PEER with backgrounds in Public Policy and Structural engineering; Kristen is a PhD student at the University of...