Development of the Wide-Area Earthquake Damage Estimation System and Mashup of Disaster Prevention Information
Masafumi Hosokawa*,†, Ken-ichi Takanashi*, Shoji Doshida*, Makoto Endo**, and Byeong-pyo Jeong***
*National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster
4-35-3 Jindaiji-higashi-cho, Choufu, Tokyo 182-8508, Japan
**Institute of Scientific Approaches for Fire and Disaster, Tokyo, Japan
***National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Miyagi, Japan
Immediately following an earthquake or other disaster, the crisis management personnel of the national or local government must determine the location of the disaster and its status and quickly carry out response actions such as rescue or fire-fighting operations. However, the congestion of communication lines and shortage of disaster response personnel make it impossible to collate the damage information in the initial response mobilization period immediately following an earthquake, making it difficult to make proper decisions. To assist the decision-making immediately following an earthquake, we developed a Wide-area Earthquake Damage Estimation System, which estimates the earthquake damage based on information from the Meteorological Agency and other agencies and shares the results via email and WebGIS (Web-based Geographic Information System) portal functions. In this paper, we introduce this system and discuss the results of the trial operation.
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