Field mission team presents findings from Japan earthquake

Published: 18/07/2011

The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) returned from their mission in Japan on 2 June 2011.

The EEFIT mission team presented their findings at an evening technical meeting on Thursday 14 July. The video recording from the event is available from our webinars page.

On 11 March the north eastern coast of Japan was hit by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

The event captivated audiences worldwide as the devastating effect to Japan’s infrastructure unravelled – not least the damage sustained to the Fukushima nuclear plant which prevented cooling of its reactors.

A mission team of nine, led by Antonios Pomonis and deputy leader Dr Keiko Saito, was dispatched on 29 May to spend five days in Japan’s Tohoku region.

Most days the team were split into three separate groups covering affected areas in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

The mission team carried out extensive investigations in the area – surveying ground motion and tsunami damage alongside geotechnical issues.

The team also met with city officials in the region, looked at disaster and recovery management plans and the overall effect of the earthquake on the energy sector.

The mission was completed with a visit to the British Embassy in Tokyo where the team discussed its initial findings and objectives with embassy personnel, and representatives from the Ministry of Defence and Tokyo University.

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