Geotechnical damage due to the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake and future challenges

H. Hazarika, T. Kokusho, R. E. Kayen, S. Dashti, H. Fukuoka, T. Ishizawa, Y. Kochi, D. Matsumoto, H. Furuichi, T. Hirose, T. Fujishiro, K. Okamoto, M. Tajiri, M. Fukuda

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The 2016 Kumamoto earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.0 (Japanese intensity = 7) that struck on April 16 brought devastation in many areas of Kumamoto Prefecture and partly in Oita Prefecture in Kyushu Region, Japan. The earthquake preceded a foreshock of magnitude 6.5 (Japanese intensity = 7) on April 14. This paper summarizes the damage brought to geotechnical structures by the two consecutive earthquakes within a span of twenty-eight hours. The paper highlighted some of the observed damage and identifies reasons for such damage. The geotechnical challenges towards mitigation of losses from such earthquakes are also suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-204
Number of pages16
Journallowland technology international
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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