Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Active Faults

  3. Seismic Source Modeling and Seismic Motion

  4. Probabilistic Risk Assessment with External Hazards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Hidemasa Yamano, Hiroyuki Nishino, Yasushi Okano, Takahiro Yamamoto, Takashi Takata
      Pages 111-121 Open Access
    3. Masato Mizokami, Takashi Uemura, Yoshihiro Oyama, Yasunori Yamanaka, Shinichi Kawamura
      Pages 123-135 Open Access
    4. Hitoshi Muta, Ken Muramatsu, Osamu Furuya, Tomoaki Uchiyama, Akemi Nishida, Tsuyoshi Takada
      Pages 137-153 Open Access
  5. Nuclear Risk Governance in Society

About this book


This book covers seismic probabilistic risk assessment (S-PRA) and related studies which have become more important to increase the safety of nuclear facilities against earthquakes and tsunamis in the face of the many uncertainties after the Fukushima accident. The topics are (1) Active faults and active tectonics important for seismic hazard assessment of nuclear facilities,(2) Seismic source modeling and simulation and modeling techniques indispensable for strong ground motion prediction, and (3) PRA with external hazard and risk communication. The Fukushima accident has showed us the limitations of the deterministic evaluation approach to external events (an earthquake and tsunami) in which there are many uncertainties. Furthermore, public anxiety regarding nuclear safety because of an unexpected threat caused by an earthquake or tsunami is growing. The current policy on the estimation of the design basis of ground motion as well as tsunami height still has not been improved following the Fukushima accident.  In particular, the risk concept in a nuclear system regarding seismic motion and a tsunami beyond the design basis is indispensable. Therefore, research and development for PRA enhancing nuclear safety are being actively pursued not only in Japan but also worldwide. This book provides an opportunity for readers to consider the future direction of nuclear safety vis-à-vis natural disasters.


Active fault Earthquake source modeling Nuclear risk communication Nuclear uncertainty PRA Probabilistic risk assessment Strong ground motion prediction

Editors and affiliations

  • Katsuhiro Kamae
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Reactor InstituteKyoto UniversityKumatoriJapan

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