The Third Japan-Chile Symposium on Tsunami Disaster Mitigation


Asia-Pacific Center for Coastal Disaster Research


Date: 27 August 2013 (Tuesday),  10:00 ~ 17:15  (Reception starts at 9:30)

Venue: Kenchiku Kaikan Hall (5-26-20 Siba, Minato-Ku, Tokyo)  map

Style: Open to the public

Language: Japanese and English with simultaneous translation between Japanese and English

Participation Fee: Free

Organizations: Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Coastal Development Institute of Technology (CDIT)

Support: Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering

Introduction: Chile is situated along the southwestern coast of South America bordering the Pacific Ocean.Because of the Peru-Chile trench (Atacama trench) off the Pacific coast of Peru and Chile, Chile has risks of tsunami-genic earthquakes. A tsunami following a Mw 8.8 earthquake occurred off the coast in the Maule region and hit the Chilean coast. It has been reported that the death toll by both the earthquake and tsunami counted as much as 547 in total and 125 persons among them were killed by the tsunami. Japan also has high risk of tsunamis, and indeed incurred great devastation by the 2011 Tohoku tsunami. After the sad experiences in Chile and Japan recently, both countries have collaboratively implemented a SATREPS research project entitled "Enhancement of Technology to Develop Tsunami-Resilient Community". The project purpose is to develop technologies and measures to improve communities and people in Chile, Japan and other countries to be well-prepared and resilient against tsunamis, and investigated developments are programs to create well prepared/resilient people and communities, mathematical simulation models to estimate tsunami damage, tsunami disaster estimation methods, tsunami disaster mitigation measures, and precise tsunami warning method. The project held two symposiums on tsunami disaster mitigation in Santiago, Chile. The third symposium will be held in Tokyo, Japan to the public both to introduce the project purpose, activities and results and to report lessons from the Chile tsunami and Japan tsunami, and current measures for tsunami disaster mitigation and rehabilitation.

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Opening Ceremony                                      Chair: Yoshiaki Kuriyama (PARI)

  Opening Address Shigeo Takahashi  (President, PARI)
  Welcome Address Kozo Yakeda (Assistant Vice-Minister, MLIT)
  Guest Address Patricio Torres (Ambassador of Chile to Japan)
  Guest Address Ricardo Tejada (Director, Port Works Department, MOP)

Introduction of Japan-Chile Joint Research Project     Chair: Yoshiaki Kuriyama (PARI)


SATREPS Project of "Enhancement of Technology to Develop Tsunami-Resilient Community,"  Takashi Tomita (PARI)


Special Lecture 1                                            Chair: Takashi Tomita (PARI)


Utilization of Great East Japan Earthquake Big Data (tentative),  Hideto Kazawa (Google Japan)

11:30~12:30 Lunch

Special Lecture 2                                            Chair: Takashi Tomita (PARI)


For Resilient Structures against Tsunami -Lessons Learnt from the East Japan Great Earthquake Disaster-,  Tomotsuka Takayama (Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University, CDIT)


Session 1: Tsunami Damage Estimation Models

Chairs: Rodrigo Cienfuegos (PUC) and Takashi Tomita (PARI)


Fault Models for the 2010 Earthquake and Tsunami -What we knew before the earthquake and what have we learnt,  Gabriel Gonzalez (UCN)


Inundation Modeling of the 27F Tsunami in Talcahuano,  Juan Carlos Dominguez (PUC)


Current Situation and Future Prospect on Tsunami Debris Model,  Kazuhiko Honda (PARI)


Session 2: Tsunami Disaster Estimation Methods

Chairs: Rafael Aranguiz (USCS) and Tomoyuki Takahashi (Kansai University)


Hypothetical Large Earthquake off the Chilean Coast,  Yuji Yagi (Tsukuba University)


Tsunami Numerical Simulations in Iquique,  Gabriel Gonzalez (UCN) and Rafael Aranguiz (USCS)


Guideline for Tsunami Inundation Mapping in Chile,  Rafael Aranguiz (USCS)

15:15~15:25 Break

Session 3: Tsunami Warning Methods

Chairs: Patricio Catalan (USM) and Toshitaka Baba (JAMSTEC)


Advancing in the Implementation of a Tsunami Database for Chile, Patricio Catalan (USM)


Offshore Tsunami Observation Network around Japan and Its Application to Real-Time Tsunami Prediction,  Hiroaki Tsuhima (MRI)


Session 4: Tsunami Evacuation, Disaster Education and BCP Methods

Chairs: Oscar Cifuentes (UC), Fusanori Miura (Yamaguchi University)

  Estimation Method of Port Container Demand and Alternative Route after Large-Scale Disaster for Making Port-BCP, Yasuhiro Akakura (Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University)
  Evacuation behavior in the 2010 tsunami disaster in Chili and what the Talcahuano community is doing to face future events, Oscar Cifuentes (UC)
  Evacuation behavior in the 2011 tsunami disaster in Japan and disaster prevention education after the event, Fusanori Miura (Yamaguchi University)
17:05~17:15 Closing Ceremony                               Chair: Takashi Tomita (PARI)
  Closing Address Toshitsugu Fujii (SATREPS Program Officer)
  Closing Address Masafumi Nagaishi (JICA)

CDIT: Coastal Development Institute of Technology, JAMSTEC: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, JICA: Japan International Cooperation Agency, JST: Japan Science and Technology Agency, MLIT: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, MOP: Ministry of Public Works of Chile, MRI: Meteorological Research institute, PARI: Port and Airport Research Institute, PUC: Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, UC: University of Concepcion, UCN: Catholic University of the North, USCS: Catholic University of the Most Holy Conception, USM: Federico Santa Maria Technical University

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