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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Principal Investigator (Affiliation) Deputy Director-General, Managing Director, Dr. TOMITA Takashi(Asia-Pacific Center for Coastal Disaster Research, Port and Airport Research Institute)
Research Institutions in Japan  Port and Airport Research Institute / Kansai University / The University of Tokushima / Yamaguchi University
Research Institutions in Chile Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2011
Research Period 4 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Chile
General Description of the Research Project

Create tsunami-resilient communities through an early warning and tsunami observation network
In Japan, higher tsunamis than those envisaged in each of the regional disaster management plans struck the Tohoku region, where tsunami countermeasures were the most advanced in Japan, and caused devastating damage. Tsunami impacts on structures and the dangers of tsunami-induced debris have been recognized as a result of this disaster. In the joint research project between Chile and Japan, the aim is to enhance technology to prevent tsunami damage, to develop very precise early warning methods, to estimate potential damage at the pilot site, and to conduct research into programs that can create tsunami resilient communities.

Analyze past damage and prepare for possible tsunami damage
Information and data on tsunami damage that occurred in both countries will be summarized, and methods to estimate tsunami damage will be developed, validating the estimates by reproducing the damage through computer simulations. In addition, earthquakes and tsunamis likely to occur in Chile in the future will be estimated, and measures will be proposed to prevent and mitigate damage by the tsunamis envisaged. The goal of the research project is to enhance technologies to develop tsunami-resilient communities for the benefit of people in Chile, Japan, and other tsunami-prone areas.

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Evacuation drill in Antofagasta, Chile

Evacuation drill in Antofagasta, Chile

The town of Dichato, which was inundated by the tsunami in Chile in 2010. Many people sought refuge and escaped with their lives.

The town of Dichato, which was inundated by the tsunami in Chile in 2010. Many people sought refuge and escaped with their lives.

Field survey at Dichato, Chile, on the damage from the tsunami generated by the Chile earthquake on February 27, 2010

Discussion on tsunami hazard in Iquique, Chile, using a tsunami inundation map

Exchanging opinions with Chilean researchers and engineers

Exchanging opinions with Chilean researchers and engineers

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