Damage of RC building structures due to 2011 east Japan earthquake

Masaki Maeda, Hamood Al-Washali, Kazuki Suzuki, Kanako Takahashi

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This paper presented the investigation of reinforced concrete building structures by 2011 East Japan Earthquake. Generally, reinforced concrete structures in Miyagi region performed very well during the earthquake and effect of seismic retrofit was found in mitigation of damage, although severe damage to some seismically retrofitted buildings was noticed. A good correlation was observed between calculated seismic capacity Is-index and observed damage. Moreover, buildings designed according to the current seismic design code had minor damage in its structural members. However, major damage to non structural elements was commonly observed. Some typical damage observed by author's field survey in Miyagi pref. which is conducted mainly as an activity of the AIJ committee is described. Damage to structural members was not found in most of RC buildings which suffered tsunami, although damage to non structural elements was generally severe. However, severe structural damage induced by devastating tsunami was observed in some buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures Congress 2012 - Proceedings of the 2012 Structures Congress
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventStructures Congress 2012 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Mar 29 2012Mar 31 2012

Publication series

NameStructures Congress 2012 - Proceedings of the 2012 Structures Congress


ConferenceStructures Congress 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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