New Zealand and Japan are geologically similar and both are under threat of large earthquakes.

University of Tokyo seismologists Yoshi Ito (from the Disaster Prevention Research Institute) and Kimi Mochizuki (from the Earthquake Research Institute) talk about the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, the establishment of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami early warning system and how this research can be applied to New Zealand.

They are in New Zealand to apply some of these methods to the Hikurangi subduction zone, which is offshore from the North Island and the earthquake fault which presents the most danger to New Zealand.

  • Talk one: Learning from the Tohoku earthquake, and facing toward the Hikurangi earthquake: Ocean bottom seismology and geodesy. By Yoshi Ito.
  • Talk two: Establishment of offshore cabled observation systems around Japan for early warning of earthquakes and tsunamis. By Kimi Mochizuki.

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