Investigating Japan's Recovery after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami


An EEFIT team of 11 members lead by Antonios Pomonis spent 6 days in Japan’s Tohoku region (1-6 June 2013) investigating the recovery two years after the tremendous earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. The team worked closely with Tohoku University’s International Research Institute of Disaster Science and other Japanese colleagues to plan and execute the mission. The team visited 6 towns devastated by the tsunami and held interviews with local authorities, NGOs, people directly involved in reconstruction and recovery projects, academics and research institutions to learn about the challenges and plans that are currently being designed, executed or are in public consultation phase. In addition visits to the Onagawa and Hamaoka nuclear power plants as well as two dams were also made. The team will report on the tremendous challenges lying ahead, related to tsunami protection, reconstruction and rehousing, urban planning and issues of nuclear safety.


Prof David Alexander – University College London
Anton Antonov – Risk Engineering Ltd., Bulgaria
Dr Catherine Crawford – University College London
Carlos Molina Hutt – University College London
Joshua Macabuag – University College London
Dr Stephen Platt – Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd.
Antonios Pomonis – Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd.
Dr Alison Raby – University of Plymouth
Dr Emily So – University of Cambridge
Dr Ming Tan – Mott MacDonald
Dr Joanna Faure Walker – University College London.

Further details

This event is organised by the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT). Please register via Eventbrite. This event is free. Non-members of EEFIT are welcome. Tea and biscuits will be available from 5.15pm. For futher enquiries, please contact Berenice Chan (T: 020 7201 9125; E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Event Date 19/09/2013 5:45 pm
Institution of Structural Engineers
47-58 Bastwick Street
Institution of Structural Engineers
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