Great East Japan Earthquake

Lanxess Brings Chemistry Lab to Elementary Students as Part of Tohoku Recovery Plan

Lanxess KK recently held chemistry lab classes for elementary school students in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture. Looking to help with Tohoku’s recovery efforts in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the Japanese wing of Lanxess AG included 25 local schoolchildren from first to sixth grade in the class, which it conducted over Aug. 18–19. Children in lower grades participated in a...

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Bridgestone Substantiates Durability of Its Seismic Isolation Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has been conducting performance verification testing of its seismic isolation rubber bearings together with Takenaka Corp. at one of the general contractor’s buildings. The isolators demonstrated long-term durability after being in place for approximately 30 consecutive years. Manufactured in 1986 from laminated natural rubber, the bearings have been in use at a Takenaka staff dormitory, located in...

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Seismic Isolation Rubber Use Spreads in Japan, Adoption Rates Differ by Region

When the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011, its hypocenter some 70 kilometers off the coast of Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, buildings were left devastated. However, this was primarily the result not of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake itself, which many buildings were able to withstand, but of the subsequent tsunami. As a method of addressing seismic activity, the use...

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