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JDR Vol.8 No.4 pp. 584-593
(2013)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2013.p0584

Paper:

Tsunami Fires After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Akihiko Hokugo*, Tomoaki Nishino**, and Takuya Inada**

*Research Centre for Urban Safety and Security, Kobe University, 1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo 657-8501, Japan

**Graduate school of Engineering, Kobe University, 1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo 657-8501, Japan

Received:
April 15, 2013
Accepted:
July 9, 2013
Published:
August 1, 2013
Keywords:
tsunami fire, hazardous flammable materials, accumulated combustible materials
Abstract

Hazardous flammable materials are a main factor in the occurrence of fires in tsunami-affected areas. Large amounts of combustible materials torn from houses destroyed by the tsunami and of the wooden houses themselves swept away by the tsunami increased the possibility of fire spreading in affected areas where such materials accumulated. Drifting automobiles and fishing boats on fire also triggered the fire spread, which was accelerated by LP gas cylinders and automobiles fuel tanks in burned areas.

Cite this article as:
Akihiko Hokugo, Tomoaki Nishino, and Takuya Inada, “Tsunami Fires After the Great East Japan Earthquake,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.8, No.4, pp. 584-593, 2013.
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