Japan Tsunami Reconnaissance Team Blog

Monday, April 25, 2011

The first of as many as seven ASCE reconnaissance teams to investigate the damage caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami arrived in Japan on April 15. Led by structural engineer Gary Chock, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, president of the Honolulu-based practice Martin & Chock, the first team is documenting the performance of buildings and other structures not addressed by other teams. The team is concentrating on Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, with a focus on how what they learn can be incorporated into the tsunami structural design provisions under development for the next revision of the ASCE 7 standard, Minimum Design Standards for Buildings and Other Structures. In this daily diary, Chock details the team's activities and shares photos of what they observed.