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Third and Fourth Teams From ASCE Deployed to Japan
June 1, 2011

The third and fourth disaster assessment teams assembled by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) deployed for Japan recently to study the effects of the March 11, 2011, 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunami, which wrought massive destruction along that nation’s Pacific coastline. The tsunami inundated approximately 292 square miles, or 470 square kilometers.

One of the teams has been charged with examining the tsunami and earthquake effects on port structures. While loss of equipment and cargo at the ports is visible from satellite images, some structures do not appear to have suffered damage. The team will take an up-close look into the design and construction of these structures.

The other team will look into the impact the earthquake and tsunami had on coastal engineering structures such as tsunami walls, breakwaters, seawalls—coastal engineering structures that are used for navigation, flood control and life safety.

Follow their daily investigations here.

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