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Science Unusual – Japan’s Earthquake Preparedness Culture: How Science Helps Minimize Disaster

Science Unusual Earthquake Prep

This event is part of the International Science Reserve‘s Science Unusual webinar series.

There is hardly a nation on Earth that experiences more earthquakes than Japan. The country’s response to a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on January 1, 2024, demonstrated that advance preparation and investment across government, research institutions, industry, and local communities are key to saving lives and preventing severe damage. What are disaster researchers learning from Japan’s culture of preparedness to better reduce risk in other regions and countries?

Japan was not always known for seismic preparedness. The country learned hard lessons in the aftermath of a 1995 earthquake that struck near Kobe, resulting in the deaths of more than 6,000 people and knock-on effects leaving 300,000 people homeless. In the years since, a shift towards preparation has played a key role in mitigating major disasters.

By attending this live panel discussion, you will:

  • Learn about the role of science and engineering in the Japanese earthquake preparedness and response model;
  • Hear about scientific contributions to preparation efforts in Japan and around the globe;
  • Gain insights into different approaches – what has been effective and what has not;
  • Learn how scientists and policymakers can work together to mitigate future disasters.

Science Unusual: R&D for Global Crisis Response

This International Science Reserve online event was hosted by The New York Academy of Sciences. It was of particular interest to those interested in risk management, as well as crisis and disaster preparedness and response—including the 1000+ members of the ISR science community.