Research Center for Earthquake Hazards
Research for the prediction of great interplate and intraplate earthquakes based on field observations
The Research Center for Earthquake Prediction (RCEP) carries out many aspects of seismic research related to earthquake sources, seismic velocity structures, distributions of earthquakes in southwest Japan and laboratory investigations. These studies contribute to the mitigation ofﾂꀀ earthquake damage. RCEP cooperates with the Research Division of Earthquake Hazards, in research and observational activities.
During the first half of this century, the probable occurrence of a great earthquake along the Nankai trough is reaching a peak; also large damaging inland earthquakes in southwest Japan appear to be occurring more frequently. In this active seismic period, RCEP focuses its efforts in 3 main areas: Prediction of the next Nankai earthquake, Studies of inland earthquakes in southwest Japan and the outreach efforts for other disciplines and the public.