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JDR Vol.12 No.sp pp. 656-668
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2017.p0656
(2017)

Paper:

Simple Estimation Method for the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake’s Direct Damage Amount

Qinglin Cui*1,†, Mingji Cui*2, Toshihisa Toyoda*3, and Hitoshi Taniguchi*4

*1National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience
3-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-0006, Japan

Corresponding author

*2 Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

*3Center for Social Systems Innovation, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

*4Tono Research Institute of Earthquake Science, Gihu, Japan

Received:
December 27, 2016
Accepted:
June 20, 2017
Published:
June 30, 2017
Keywords:
Kumamoto Earthquake, seismic intensity scales, direct damage amount, multiple regression analysis, promptness
Abstract

It takes a significantly long time to estimate a direct damage amount based on a damage investigation. However, in the response immediately after a disaster, the investigation and estimation of damage are often conducted later because of a lack of human resources. Especially in the case of a huge earthquake that affects a wide area, the disaster cannot be fully responded to by the municipalities and prefectures alone. Support from the entire country, and in some cases from other countries, is essential to the disaster response. Precise information regarding the direct damage amount must be transmitted promptly. Accordingly, in this study a simple method to promptly estimate the direct damage amount caused by an earthquake disaster is proposed and applied to the case of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.

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