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Liquefaction map

Last update date May 23, 2019

Liquefaction map illustrated liquefaction degree of risk distribution of 3 earthquakes that damage assumption intended for by "Yokohama-shi earthquake damage assumption investigation" that we announced in October, 2012.

Instructions when you see liquefaction map

  • We used PL level for judgment of liquefaction degree of risk. PL level is value to express degree of risk of liquefaction at the point.
  • Like Minato Mirai 21 district of Nishi Ward, wide range excludes place where liquefaction measures are performed by the ground improvement from liquefaction judgment beforehand.
  • Because it liquefies based on the representative ground bowling data around 50 meters of mesh, and it is determined, the ground which is hard to take place of liquefaction may be included in the mesh.
  • We improve the ground which is easy to already liquefy, and there is conducted place, but, in the area that liquefaction degree of risk is high in, liquefaction measures recommend that they have you have you carry out the ground investigation individually about points of building plan in future and perform examination of measures to done place or building for soil products from the earth.

Downloading of liquefaction map

We can confirm liquefaction map every ward when we choose assumption earthquake among the following. (please click ward to look at in link.)

Q&A about liquefaction

Does Q1." liquefaction "mean that what happens?
It turned out that was the ground which land where was going to build Q2." building was easy to liquefy, what should do?
It is said that place that the Q3." ground has bad is all right if we make raft, is it true?
On the ground which is easy to liquefy of Q4." reclaimed land, is high-rise building all right in apartments?
In Q5." detached residence, what kind of measures should we take?
As the ground liquefies Q6." reclaimed land at the time of earthquake, it should be dangerous and hears, what kind of measures have their reclaimed land of Yokohama stolen for earthquake?

Structure of liquefaction

Liquefaction is phenomenon that the ground becomes like liquid by earthquake temporarily. We let you let building on the ground incline by phenomenon to occur on the ground of sabulosity which included a lot of moisture including reclaimed land and the river mouth and set.
This phenomenon attracted attention by damage such as collapse of collapse of apartment and new bridge having appeared one after another by Niigata earthquake of 1964. Port Island and Rokko Island were damaged, and even South Hyogo earthquake of 1995 (the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake) attracted attention recently.
When it is groundwater keeping constant balance, and the sand layer in saturated state is shaken by (state of [1]), strong earthquake, water in gap of sand and sand comes pressure, and fighting each other between sand comes. And coming together of particle of sand comes off at last, and particle of sand is in a condition to have loosened in water. (state of [2]) the surface of the earth is filled with pushed water with sand afterwards. (state of [3]) call phenomenon that the ground becomes like liquid in this way "liquefaction".

[before [1] earthquake]
Grain of sand child chews
Stable state

[at the time of [2] liquefaction]
Fighting each other of grain of sand child
State that came off, and became muddy water

[after [3] earthquake]
Grain of sand child deposits again
State that the ground sank
(*sa, fountain)

Power to support building when the ground liquefies disappears, and the following damage might occur because the building or ground itself sinks heterogeneously.

Liquefaction measures of home

We avoid the ground which is easy to liquefy

The following place is place where liquefaction is easy to occur. When you must build buildings on such ground, we can reduce damage by taking measures.

  • Place that water level under the ground is high in on the ground of sabulosity
  • Place that it was river, and filled up place where rice field, marsh, the shore were, and prepared land in old days

We make the ground strong

Liquefaction measures become method that the ground improvement is effective. When there is stratum which does not liquefy from the ground to depth of around 2m from damage experience of past earthquake, there is findings that damage decreases. Thus, we tighten the ground to this depth and harden, and the ground improvement such as rearranging in soil which it is hard to liquefy is said to be the most effective method of liquefaction measures.

We make building resisting liquefaction

With form of house as simple form (rectangle) that is strong for earthquake, it is effective measure to reinforce foundations of building.

Form that resists earthquake
(form that is simple with plane, vertical plane)

Form that is vulnerable to earthquake
(plane form is uneven)

Related link

Yokohama-shi earthquake damage assumption working papers
Earthquake map

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