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.


Ground motions of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake

April 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Ground Motion

By Yasutaka Narazaki Overview of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake The 2016 Kumamoto earthquake caused severe damage to Kumamoto area, Japan. Due to the shallow depth of epicenter, the particularly severe damage was caused in Mashiki town located 10km away from Kumamoto city. The earthquake consists of two...


Failure of Historic Kumamoto Castle Walls

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Geotechnical Structures

by Patrick Bassal Damage to Kumamoto Castle caused by an earthquake is seen in Kumamoto. REUTERS/Kyodo Retaining walls surrounding the foundations of the historic Kumamoto Castle appear to have taken considerable damage during the recent series of earthquakes affecting the region (Reuters). The majority...


Overview of Damage to Housing

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Housing

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  
Filed under Housing

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...


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