Earthquake and volcano hazards observation and research program: An overview

Naoyuki Kato, Takeshi Nishimura

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The Earthquake and Volcano Hazards Observation and Research Program was from Japanese fiscal year 2014 to 2018. This national program succeeded the Research Program for Earthquake and Volcanic Eruption Prediction (2009–2013). However, mainly because of the disaster caused by the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, known as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the basic policy of the program changed drastically. It changed from research for predicting earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to comprehensive research for mitigating disasters on the basis of scientific results related to the mechanisms of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and their fore-casts. The program was planned to be multidisci-plinary in nature. In addition to Earth scientists work-ing to get a scientific understanding of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, historians, archaeologists, hu-man and social scientists, and engineers took part in the program aimed at collecting pre-instrumental earthquake and volcanic data, understanding earthquake and volcano disasters, risk evaluation, and research into disaster response and preparedness. In this article, we review the basic concept of the 2014– 2018 program and its main achievements. In the end, we summarize the problems left for future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Disaster Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Earthquake
  • Hazard
  • National program
  • Volcanic eruption


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