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Date : July 17, 2015

Video Report (Press Briefing): Recent Earthquakes and Volcanic Activity in and around Japan

post date : 2015.07.22

In addition to volcanic activity such as at Mount Ontake in September last year, Hakone’s Owakudani since April this year, and Kuchinoerabu-jima in Kagoshima Prefecture at the end of May, there have also been a number of earthquakes in different areas, such as those near the end of May with epicenters in northern Saitama Prefecture and west of the Ogasawara islands.


The FPCJ invited observational seismology expert Mr. Naoshi Hirata, a professor of Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, and also head of Earthquake Prediction Research Center of the Earthquake Research Institute, to speak about recent earthquakes and volcanic activity in and around Japan. Mr. Hirata is also a member of the government’s Earthquake Research Committee and of the Prediction Council for the Area under Intensified Measures against Earthquake Disaster, and has been involved in making the estimation of damage that would be caused by an earthquake directly under Tokyo Metropolitan area.


The briefing had a total of 25 participants, including ten journalists from U.S.A., Germany, Austria, Denmark, China, South Korea, and Brazil, and 13 embassy representatives.



[Material distributed at the press briefing]

Recent Earthquake and Volcanic Activity in and around Japan



Mr. Naoshi Hirata, Professor of The University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute, and Head of Prediction Research Center of Earthquake Research Institute

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