Seismic design practice in japan

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Japan is one of the most seismically disastrous countries in the world and has often suffered significant damage from large earthquakes. More than 3000 highway bridges have suffered damage since the 1923 Kanto earthquake. The earthquake disaster prevention technology for highway bridges has been developed based on such bitter damage experiences. Various provisions for designing bridges have been developed to prevent damage due to the instability of soils such as soil liquefaction. Furthermore, design detailings including unseating prevention devices are implemented. With progress in improving seismic design provisions, damage to highway bridges caused by the earthquakes has been decreasing in recent years.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridge Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationSeismic Design
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781420039788
ISBN (Print)9780849316838
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 1


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