Research Division of Earthquake Hazards
Integrated studies of earthquakes and structural dynamics to reduce losses from seismic events
The Division of Earthquake Hazards has three sections, Earthquake Resistant Structures, Seismotectonics and Earthquake Source Mechanisms, that combine seismology and earthquake
engineering. Researchers are studying earthquake source processes and related complexities in the Earth’s crust associated with strain accumulation, in order to understand the recurrence of large seismic events. Such knowledge contributes to long-term forecasting of large earthquakes. In addition, the division is involved in extensive engineering research to improve current construction techniques, which can protect lives and maintain a functioning society when these large earthquakes occur. The division maintains strong interactions between students and faculty in its research activities and also encourages international activities through student and researcher exchanges.