American Society of Civil Engineers


Issues of Tsunami Evacuation Behavior in Japan: Residents Response in Case of Chilean Earthquake in 2010


by Masanobu Kanai, (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gunma University, 1-5-1, Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma, 376-8515, Japan. E-mail: kanai@gunma-u.ac.jp) and Toshitaka Katada, (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gunma University, 1-5-1, Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma, 376-8515, Japan. E-mail: katada@gunma-u.ac.jp)
Section: Tsunami Modeling and Field Investigations, pp. 417-422, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/41185(417)37)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011
Abstract: Chilean Earthquake occurred at 27th Feb in 2010. Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced the Tsunami Warning after about 18 hours from earthquake occurrence to all shoreline of the Pacific coast in Japan. It was 9:30 on February 28 of the Japan time. This tsunami warning expected that some regions might be attacked by tsunamis of over 3 meters. However, there were only a few areas inundated by tsunamis. Therefore, only a few residents evacuated from tsunamis at that time. In this paper, we carried out questionnaire survey to residents who live in coastal area. According to results of survey, we reveal why only a few residents evacuated. And we discussed issues and countermeasures to prompt residents to evacuate. (150)


ASCE Subject Headings:
Tsunamis
Evacuation
Japan
Chile
Earthquakes