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Report of damage situation due to the Central Tottori Earthquake and information about Joint-use/research Activities at IPM

October 27, 2016

The Central Tottori Earthquake occurred around 14:07 on October 21, 2016, with the epicenter (Akamatsu, Misasa) located about 4 kilometer SSW of the Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM) and with a maximum Japanese seismic intensity scale (Shindo) of 6-lower near Kurayoshi. Fortunately, all staff and students of the institute and their families were uninjured. While aftershocks are still occurring frequently, we are striving to ensure the safety of all IPM members and associates.

Regarding the situation of earthquake-related damages at the institute, fortunately no serious building collapses occurred. However, a preliminary checkup revealed various damages, including the collapse of some building walls and damage to the water supply tank. Damages to research facilities are in particular serious, and require more detailed assessment. It could take considerable time in order to completely assess the damage situation and to recover the research environment. As a result, we regret to announce that it is currently difficult to carry out normal joint use/research activities, an important mission of the institute, and thus it is necessary to limit the acceptance of joint-use researchers for the time being. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, and will do our best to ensure speedy recovery of the institute’s function as a joint use/research center. Once normal condition is resumed, it will be announced via the IPM website.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to those who have showed their concerns and offered warm help to IPM researchers and associates after the earthquake. We are determined to rebuild the research environment at the institute to fulfill our mission as a joint use/research center and to further promote research.

Eizo Nakamura
Director, Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University

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