Tsunami Engineering Lab

Research Activities
Tsunami, a Japanese word which is ocean waves generated by large disturbances of the sea surface due to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, slumps, or meteor birth, causing loss of life, catastrophic destruction of structures and infrastructure, and severely eroded shorelines. Mitigating tsunami disaster is one of major issues in the world after the 2004 Indian ocean and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake tsunamis. Tsunami Engineering Lab (TEL) applies interdisciplinary perspectives and integrated technologies for reducing tsunami disaster impact using structural and non-structural measures, 1) developing early warning systems to alert coastal residents, 2) implementing and maintaining an awareness/educational program on the indicators of tsunami dangers through tsunami trace databases, computer graphics and the results of field investigations and historical studies, 3) assessing the recurrence interval and size, together with generation mechanism, of paleotsunamis based on historical and geological records, 4) developing tsunami hazard maps and loss assessment to identify inundation areas and assessing their impact and 5) mitigating casualty from our established “science of human survival from disaster” based on data from the 2011 disaster.
CG animation of The 2011 Tsunami propagation
Multiple disaster caused by the tsunami in Kesennuma
Geological records of past tsunamis on several sediment layers with brown color
A new research topics on science of human survival from disaster
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