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Suggested Citation:"NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS OF POSTDISASTER STUDIES, 1964-1983." National Research Council. 1984. Japan Sea Central Region Tsunami of May 26, 1983: A Reconnaissance Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18402.
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Suggested Citation:"NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS OF POSTDISASTER STUDIES, 1964-1983." National Research Council. 1984. Japan Sea Central Region Tsunami of May 26, 1983: A Reconnaissance Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18402.
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Suggested Citation:"NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS OF POSTDISASTER STUDIES, 1964-1983." National Research Council. 1984. Japan Sea Central Region Tsunami of May 26, 1983: A Reconnaissance Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18402.
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Suggested Citation:"NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS OF POSTDISASTER STUDIES, 1964-1983." National Research Council. 1984. Japan Sea Central Region Tsunami of May 26, 1983: A Reconnaissance Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18402.
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Suggested Citation:"NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS OF POSTDISASTER STUDIES, 1964-1983." National Research Council. 1984. Japan Sea Central Region Tsunami of May 26, 1983: A Reconnaissance Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18402.
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Suggested Citation:"NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS OF POSTDISASTER STUDIES, 1964-1983." National Research Council. 1984. Japan Sea Central Region Tsunami of May 26, 1983: A Reconnaissance Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18402.
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Suggested Citation:"NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS OF POSTDISASTER STUDIES, 1964-1983." National Research Council. 1984. Japan Sea Central Region Tsunami of May 26, 1983: A Reconnaissance Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18402.
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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTS OF POSTDISASTER STUDIES, l964-l982 Copies available from sources given in footnotes a, b, and c. EARTHQUAKES The Great Alaska Earthquake of l964:a Biology, 0-309-0l604-5/l97l, 287 pp. Engineering, 0-309-0l606-l/l973, ll98 pp. Geology, 0-309-0l60l-0/l97l, 834 pp. Human Ecology, 0-309-0l607-X/l970, 5l0 pp. Hydrology, 0-309-0l603-7/l968, 446 pp. Oceanography and Coastal Engineering, 0-309-0l605-3/l972, 556 pp. Seismology and Geodesy, 0-309-0l602-9/l972, 598 pp., PB 2l2 98l.a'c Summary and Recommendations, 0-309-0l608-8/l973, 29l pp. Engineering Report on the Caracas Earthquake of 29 July l967 (l968) by M. A. Sozen, P. C. Jennings, R. B. Matthiesen, G. W. Housner, and N. M. Newmark, 233 pp., PB l80 548.c The Western Sicily Earthquake of l968 (l969) by J. Eugene Haas and Robert S. Ayre, 70 pp., PB l88 475.° The Gediz, Turkey, Earthquake of l970 (l970) by Joseph Penzien and Robert D. Hanson, 88 pp., PB l93 9l9.b'c aNational Academy Press, 2l0l Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 204l8. bCommittee on Natural Disasters, National Academy of Sciences, 2l0l Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 204l8. °National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22l6l. 31

32 Destructive Earthquakes in Burdur and Bingol, Turkey, May l97l (l975) by W. O. Keightley, 89 pp., PB 82 224 007 (A05) .b,c The San Fernando Earthquake of February 9, l97l (l97l) by a Joint Panel on San Fernando Earthquake, Clarence Allen, Chairman, 3l pp., PB 82 224 262 (A03) .b'c The Engineering Aspects of the QIR Earthquake of April l0, l972, in Southern Iran (l973) by R. Razani and K. L. Lee, l60 pp., PB 223 599. b'c Engineering Report on the Managua Earthquake of 23 December l972 (l975) by M. A. Sozen and R. B. Matthiesen, l22 pp., PB 293 557 (A06).b'c The Honomu, Hawaii, Earthquake (l977) by N. Nielson, A. Furumoto, W. Lum, and B. Morrill, 95 pp., PB 293 025 (A05) .c Engineering Report on the Muradiye-Caldiran, Turkey, Earthquake of 24 November l976 (l978) by P. Gulkan, A. Gurpinar, M. Celebi, E. Arpat, and S. Gencoglu, 67 pp., PB 82 225 020 (A04) .b'c Earthquake in Romania March 4, l977, An Engineering Report, National Research Council and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (l980) by Glen V. Berg, Bruce A. Bolt, Mete A. Sozen, and Christopher Rojahn, 39 pp., PB 82 l63 ll4 (A04).b'c El-Asnam, Algeria Earthquake of October l0, l980, A Reconnaissance and Engineering Report, National Research Council and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (l983) by Vitelmo Bertero, Haresh Shah, et al., l95 Earthquake in Campania-Basilicata, Italy, November 23, l980, A Reconnaissance Report, National Research Council and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (l98l) by James L. Stratta, Luis E. Escalante, Ellis L. Krinitzsky, and Ugo Morelli, l00 pp., PB 82 l62 967 (A06) .b'c The Central Greece Earthquakes of February-March l98l, A Reconnaissance and Engineering Report, National Research Council and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (l982) by Panayotis G. Carydis, Norman R. Tilford, James 0. Jirsa, and Gregg E. Brandow, l60 pp., PB 83 l7ll99 (A08) .b'c FLOODS Flood of July l976 in Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado (l978) by D. Simons, J. Nelson, E. Reiter, and R. Barkau, 96 pp., PB 82 223 959 (A05).b'c Storms, Floods, and Debris Flows in Southern California and Arizona—l978 and l980, Proceedings of a Symposium, September l7-l8, l980, National Research Council and California Institute of Technology (l982) by Norman H. Brooks et al., 487 pp., PB 82 224 239 (A2l).b'c

33 Storms, Floods, and Debris Flows in Southern California and Arizona—l978 and l980, Overview and Summary of a Symposium, September l7-l8, l980, National Research Council and California Institute of Technology (l982) by Norman H. Brooks, 47 pp., PB 82 224 22l (A04).b'c The Austin, Texas, Flood of May 24-25, l98l (l982) by Walter L. Moore, Earl Cook, Robert S. Gooch, and Carl F. Nordin, Jr., 54 pp., PB 83 l39 352 (A04).b'c DAM FAILURES Failure of Dam No. 3 on the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek Near Saunders, West Virginia, on February 26, l972 (l972) by R. Seals, W. Marr, Jr., and T. W. Lambe, 33 pp., PB 82 223 9l8 (A03).b'c Reconnaissance Report on the Failure of Kelly Barnes Lake Dam, Toccoa Falls, Georgia (l978) by G. Sowers, 22 pp., PB 82 223 975 (A02).b'c LANDSLIDES Landslide of April 25, l974, on the Mantaro River, Peru (l975) by Kenneth L. Lee and J. M. Duncan, 79 pp., PB 297 287 (A05).b'c The Landslide at Tuve, Near Goteborg, Sweden on November 30, l977 (l980) by J. M. Duncan, G. Lefebvre, and P. Lade, 25 pp., PB 82 233 693 (A03).c TORNADOES Lubbock Storm of May ll, l970 (l970) by J. Neils Thompson, Ernest W. Riesling, Joseph L. Goldman, Kishor C. Mehta, John Wittman, Jr., and Franklin B. Johnson, 8l pp., PB l98 377.c Engineering Aspects of the Tornadoes of April 3-4, l974 (l975) by K. Mehta, J. Minor, J. McDonald, B. Manning, J. Abernathy, and U. Koehler, l24 pp., PB 252 4l9.c The Kalamazoo Tornado of May l3, l980 (l98l) by Kishor C. Mehta, James R. McDonald, Richard C. Marshall, James J. Abernathy, and Daryl Boggs, 54 pp., PB 82 l62 454 (A04).b'c HURRICANES Hurricane Iwa, Hawaii, November 23, l982 (l983) by Arthur N. L. Chiu, Luis E. Escalante, J. Kenneth Mitchell, Dale C. Perry, Thomas Schroeder, and Todd Walton, l29 pp., PB 84 ll9 254 (A07).c

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A few seconds after noon on May 26, 1983, a major earthquake occurred in the Japan Sea about 100 km off the coast of Akita Prefecture, which is located in the northeast Honshu, Japan. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale, as measured by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Four individuals lost their lives directly from the earthquake, and considerable property damage occurred, primarily from foundation failure as a result of soil liquefaction.

The earthquake generated a tsunami that began striking the Japan coast approximately 12 minutes after the earthquake occurred. One hundred lives were lost as a consequence of the tsunami alone. The tsunami also caused significant flooding and property damage to coastal regions.The tsunami affected the entire Japan Sea, hitting the surrounding coastline of the Korean Peninsula and the USSR. Three lives were lost in South Korea, when the wave arrived there approximately 1-1/2 hours after the earthquake. At the time of this writing, no information is available on the impact of the tsunami in North Korea or the USSR.

The Japan Sea Central Region Tsunami focuses on the tsunami generated by the Japan Sea central region earthquake, as officially named by the JMA. The data presented herein were collected by the authors during site visits to Japan and South Korea approximately six weeks after the earthquake. Even though the recently acquired data are more reliable than those reported immediately after the earthquake, they must still be considered preliminary and subject to change as continuing studies in Japan are completed.

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