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Earthquake and Tsunami Research Division

In the Earthquake and Tsunami Research Division, analyses of observation data from the foundational earthquake and tsunami observation network, and various studies on numerical simulations and laboratory experiments have been conducted. Through these studies, fundamental research on earthquake and tsunami have been done. In addition, development of new realtime prediction technologies for earthquake and tsunami and long-term forecasting methods for large earthquakes are conducted aiming at the mitigation of earthquake and tsunami disasters.

- Real-time seismic motion prediction and earthquake damage estimation technologies.
- Research on tsunami prediction technology.
- Research on sophisticated long-term evaluation of earthquake occurrence.
- Research on large earthquake generation mechanism.

Manager Eiichi Fukuyama
Deputy Manager Katsuhiko Shiomi

Earthquake Disaster Prevention Laboratory

We study techniques for the real-time ground motion prediction and the earthquake damage estimation using the land and sea integrated seismic data toward mitigation of earthquake disasters.

Head Takeshi KIMURA Chief Researcher
Deputy head Takashi KUNUGI Chief Researcher
               Shin AOI Principal Chief Researcher
Yadab P. DHAKAL Associated Research Fellow
Hisahiko KUBO Associated Research Fellow

Tsunami Disaster Prevention Laboratory

We study the nature and forecasting techniques of earthquakes and tsunamis using dense ocean floor observation networks toward mitigation of earthquake and tsunami disasters.

Head Wataru SUZUKI Chief Researcher
Deputy head Narumi TAKAHASHI Principal Chief Researcher
Tatsuya KUBOTA Associated Research Fellow
Masashi MOCHIZUKI Chief Researcher
Takeshi NAKAMURA Research Fellow
Kenji UEHIRA Chief Researcher
               Naotaka YAMAMOTO Chief Researcher

Crustal Activity Laboratory

Crustal Activity Laboratory makes studies of earthquakes, slow earthquakes, and other crustal activities based on geophysical observations (especially, seismic data). Our laboratory mainly aims to improve long-term evaluation of earthquake occurrence.

Head Takanori MATSUZAWA Chief Researcher
Deputy head Youichi ASANO Chief Researcher
          Hisanori KIMURA Chief Researcher
Kaoru SAWAZAKI Associated Research Fellow
Sachiko TANAKA Chief Researcher
Tomotake UENO Chief Researcher

Earth's Interior Laboratory

Earth's Interior Laboratory constructs models of various kinds of heterogeneous subsurface structures beneath Japanese Islands, simulates the progress of seismic wave and constructs the high-accuracy hypocenter caltalog.

Head Makoto MATSUBARA Chief Researcher
Deputy head Katsuhiko SHIOMI Chief Researcher
               Sadaki HORI Principal Chief Researcher
Takayuki MIYOSHI Research Fellow
Shoji SEKIGUCHI Principal Chief Researcher
Shunsuke TAKEMURA Associated Research Fellow
Tomoko Elizabeth YANO Associated Research Fellow

Earthquake Mechanics Laboratory

We conduct research towards understanding the mechanics of large earthquakes.

Head Tatsuhiko SAITO Chief Researcher
Deputy head Futoshi YAMASHITA Chief Researcher
Eiichi FUKUYAMA Principal Chief Researcher
Akemi NODA Associated Research Fellow
               Kentaro OMURA Chief Researcher
Nelson PULIDO Chief Researcher
Yumi URATA Associated Research Fellow
Shiqing XU Associated Research Fellow

Division Members

               Yoshiyuki KANEDA Special Adviser
Tomohiro KUBO Associated Research Fellow
Naoshi HIRATA Special Adviser
Takumi MATSUMOTO Principal Chief Researcher
Shingo SUZUKI Research Fellow