JDR Vol.10 No.2 pp. 276-287
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2015.p0276


Comparative Analysis of Earthquake Emergency Response in China and Japan Based on Timeline: 311 Earthquake vs 512 Earthquake

Xiaoxia Du*1, Jun Zhang*1, Jianhua Xu*1, Zhuan He*1, Junyan Lai*1, Yigang Li*1, †, Reo Kimura*2, Haruo Hayashi*3, Masafumi Hosokawa*4, and Yukihisa Sakurada*2

*1National Earthquake Response Support Service (NERSS), China Earthquake Administration (CEA), No. 1, Yuquan West Street, Shijingshan District, Beijing, China

*2School of Human Science and Environment, Hyogo University, Himeji, Japan

*3Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

*4Earthquake and National Disaster Laboratory, National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster, Tokyo, Japan

Corresponding author

October 24, 2014
January 28, 2015
April 1, 2015
timeline, earthquake, emergency response, comparative analysis

A devastating Ms8.0 earthquake hit Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China, on May 12, 2008. A similarly destructive Ms9.0 earthquake hit eastcoast Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on March 11, 2011. The governments of both countries took rapid, effective emergency response measures, gaining invaluable experience and learning precious lessons. To compare detailed emergency responses during these earthquakes and share lessons, this paper uses timeline analysis focusing on the levels of the two earthquakes, summarizing key emergency response measures focusing on emergency command center setup and operation, rescue force deployment and dispatch, emergency victim housing and resettlement, and public information reporting and release based on a time sequence. It also comparatively analyzes and sorts their implementation and timing and studies the similarities and differences of the two earthquakes. This paper also analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of emergency response measures taken by both nations, considering the background of emergency management systems to share experiences and provide references on future disaster emergency response work to improve abilities and progress in earthquake response.

Cite this article as:
X. Du, J. Zhang, J. Xu, Z. He, J. Lai, Y. Li, R. Kimura, H. Hayashi, M. Hosokawa, and Y. Sakurada, “Comparative Analysis of Earthquake Emergency Response in China and Japan Based on Timeline: 311 Earthquake vs 512 Earthquake,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.10, No.2, pp. 276-287, 2015.
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