JDR Vol.15 No.2 pp. 76-86
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2020.p0076

Survey Report:

Research on Pre-Modern Earthquakes Based on Fusion of Humanities and Sciences

Masaharu Ebara*,†, Akihito Nishiyama**, Taisuke Murata***, and Reiko Sugimori*

*Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan

Corresponding author

**Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

***Nara National Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara, Japan

October 18, 2019
January 30, 2020
March 20, 2020
disaster prevention, earthquake, pre-modern, historical material, archeology

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has reawakened people to the reality of large-scale earthquakes that recur in cycles of several hundred to a thousand years. The historical resources and archeology research group, which was established in 2014 within the Coordinating Committee of Earthquake and Volcanic Eruption Prediction Researches, is collaborating with researchers of seismology, history, archeology, and information science to investigate infrequent earthquakes using historical documents that record earthquakes and traces of disasters at archeological sites. To this end, we are creating a database of published historical sources of earthquakes to make the data readily accessible, and reexamining these sources and uncovering new historical material to investigate earthquakes that occurred in pre-modern times. We are also engaged in research on relief efforts for victims of past earthquakes and the post-disaster reconstruction process.

Cite this article as:
Masaharu Ebara, Akihito Nishiyama, Taisuke Murata, and Reiko Sugimori, “Research on Pre-Modern Earthquakes Based on Fusion of Humanities and Sciences,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.15, No.2, pp. 76-86, 2020.
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