International workshop “Earthquake hazards in southwest Japan”

April 10, 2017

First circular

We are pleased to announce an international workshop “Earthquake hazards in southwest Japan”, to be held on July 15–18, 2017, at Misasa, Tottori, Japan.

About the workshop

The earthquake of 21/10/2016 caused considerable damage to the facilities at the Institute for Planetary Materials in Misasa. The fault rupture was closed by 4 km and the ground motions at the institute were very strong, causing delicate instruments to shift from their base positions. This workshop will present a comprehensive overview of 21/10/2016 earthquake and the overall earthquake hazards and tectonic framework in southwest Japan.

Session topics

  • Damaging earthquakes in southwestern Japan
  • Seismic monitoring and crustal deformation
  • Tectonics, volcanism, and hot-springs in southwest Japan
  • Earthquake early warning
  • Earthquake preparedness at the institute

Preliminary program

  • July 15 (Saturday) – Registration and icebreaker party
  • July 16 (Sunday) – Opening, Session I
  • July 17 (Monday) – Session II and Closing, Lab tour at IPM
  • July 18 (Tuesday) – Field excursion


We cordially invite you to participate in the workshop and submit a talk on any topic relevant to the scientific program of the workshop. Contributed papers will be presented in both oral and poster sessions. Note that because of the limited capacity, some of the presentation will have to be given as posters. Application form, abstract format, costs and payment details will be distributed in 2nd circular.

Workshop conveners

W. Mooney, USGS (
H. Kitagawa, IPM (


Blanc Art Misasa on July 15-18, 2017

About the institute

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), located in Misasa, a well-known hot-spring resort, is a leading joint-use/research institute in the field of Earth and planetary materials science, with a diverse range of forefront experimental and analytical facilities and expertise. Active researches are being conducted, by IPM members alone or in collaboration with researchers from around the world, in the areas of isotope and trace element geochemistry, high-resolution geochronology, and high-pressure and -temperature materials science, aimed at understanding the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and other planets.
For more information, please visit the IPM website (