International Scientific Meeting
"Frontiers of Source Studies for the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake"


April 4 - 6, 2012
Koshiba Hall
Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo

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Supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science;
Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo; and Agence Nationale de la Recherche



    The 2011 off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku earthquake (hereafter we call it the 2011 Tohoku earthquake) is a megathrust event (magnitude 9.0 to 9.1) in the zone along the Japan Trench, where the Pacific plate is subducting beneath the Tohoku district. Since this earthquake caused severe damage to Japan resulting in the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster, it is one of missions for seismologists to investigate what really happened and contribute to the mitigation of future earthquake disaster.
    The 2011 Tohoku earthquake is the first megathrust event that was observed by dense networks of geophysical instruments. Accordingly, this earthquake has been a research target for the global community of seismologists. We invite seismologists not only from USA but also from France, Italy, and Singapore, where there are research centers for recent megathrust events, in order to establish international collaboration of source studies on the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. We also discuss the mitigation of disaster by future megathrust events in various subduction zones, considering problems such that Japanese seismologists failed to foresee this earthquake.

Invited Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Local Organizing Committee
  • Kazuki Koketsu (ERI, Univ. Tokyo)
  • Hiromi Yokoyama (Facult. Sci., Univ. Tokyo)
  • Hiroe Miyake (ERI, Univ. Tokyo)
  • Yusuke Yokota (ERI, Univ. Tokyo)

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