Reconnaissance report on landslide disasters in northeast Japan following the M 9 Tōhoku earthquake


An earthquake of Mw 9.0 struck the Pacific coast in northeast Japan on March 11, 2011 and was followed by a hugely damaging tsunami along 500 km of the Japanese coastline. An inland aftershock of M. 7.0 occurred on April 11; during which, surface fault ruptures appeared on land. A large variety of landslide disasters resulted from these earthquakes in various parts of northeastern Honshu, Japan. The full extent of the landslides is still being determined. This brief report introduces some of the landslide phenomena so far investigated by the Japanese Landslide Society. These are (1) failure of a water reservoir embankment dam in Sukagawa, Fukushima prefecture, (2) landslides and surface seismic fault rupture from the April 11 aftershock in Iwaki, Fukushima, (3) a concentration of surface failures at Matsushima Bay in Miyagi prefecture, and (4) small landslides on modified slopes in residential areas around Sendai city.

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Miyagi, T., Higaki, D., Yagi, H. et al. Reconnaissance report on landslide disasters in northeast Japan following the M 9 Tōhoku earthquake. Landslides 8, 339 (2011).

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  • Tōhoku Earthquake
  • Great East Japan Earthquake
  • Landslide disaster
  • Damburst flood
  • Land reclamation
  • Tsunami
  • Surface seismic fault rupture
  • Japan