Building damage during the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake

Masato Motosaka, Kazuya Mitsuji

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Abstract

This paper describes the building damage incurred during the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake in relation to ground motion characteristics. First, with regard to the long-duration ground motion, the damage of a base-isolation building is described. The damage to the 8-9-story buildings in the Aobayama campus of Tohoku University, in a hilly zone, is also described in relation to site-specific ground motion amplification. As specific building damage, pile foundation damage is described. The ceiling board drop damage is also presented as an example of non-structural element damage. Finally, the lessons learnt from the earthquake in terms of building damage are summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-944
Number of pages16
JournalSoils and Foundations
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct

Keywords

  • Building damage
  • Ceiling board drop
  • Long-duration ground motion
  • Pile foundation
  • Site specific amplification
  • The 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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