Bad assumptions or bad luck: Tohoku’s embarrassing lessons for earthquake hazard

Bad assumptions or bad luck: Tohoku’s  embarrassing lessons for earthquake hazard

Watch a five 5-minute video summary presented at the 2012 UNAVCO science workshop "Bad assumptions or bad luck: Tohoku's embarrassing lessons for earthquake hazard mapping".

Scientists previously thought the faults off the northeast coast of Japan weren't capable of causing massive quakes and giant tsunamis. The area had been prepared for smaller quakes and the resulting tsunami got everybody unprepared for such cataclysmic event.

The study, "Why earthquake hazard maps often fail and what to do about it," was published by the journal Tectonophysics. First author of the study was Seth Stein of Northwestern University. Robert Geller of the University of Tokyo was co-author. Mian Liu is William H. Byler Distinguished Chair in Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri.

Register/become a supporter

Support us AD-FREE

Your support is crucial for our survival. It makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share. 

Monthly subscription

Subscription options

Yearly subscription

Subscription options

You'll receive your ad-free account for 20x faster browsing experience, clean interface without any distractions, ability to post comments without prior editorial check, all our desktop and mobile applications (current and upcoming) ad-free and with the full set of features available, a direct line of communication and much more. See all options.

Tags: tohoku, tsunami


joe 6 years ago

Thanks for the Link FC We have no chance......

FC 6 years ago

you said it! See what the NSA has been up to with their giant black budget -

joe 6 years ago

Detonation of Nuclear Devices at or near a Fault line can contribute to a false Flag earthquake and tsunamis, which of course are not predictable by earthquake hazard mapping.Bad assumptions or bad luck ..... Hmmm?

Post a comment

Your name: *

Your email address: *

Comment text: *

The image that appears on your comment is your Gravatar