Geotechnical aspects of the 2007 Niigataken Chuetsu-Oki, Japan earthquake

  • Rolando P. Orense University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Masayuki Hyodo Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan
  • Hiroaki Kanda Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan
  • Junya Ohashi Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan


On 16 July 2007, an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 occurred with an epicentre off the west coast of Niigata Prefecture (Japan), causing widespread damage to buildings and other types of civil engineering structures due to ground shaking and earthquake-induced ground failures. Landsliding and soil liquefaction occurred extensively in various parts of the affected region. This paper presents the preliminary results of the post-earthquake damage investigation conducted at the affected areas after the earthquake, with emphasis on the seismic-induced ground failures and their effects on the built environment.


Niigata Prefecture (2007) “Damage condition caused by the 16 July 2007 Nigataken Chuetsu oki Earthquake (as of 14 December 2007)” Report No. 212 (in Japanese).

Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO (2007) “Plant status of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station after the Niigata Chuetsu oki-Earthquake”. 24 July 2007 Press Release.

Tsuchida, H. (1971) “Estimation of liquefaction potential of sandy soils”. Proceedings, 3rd joint meeting, US-Japan Panel on Wind and Seismic Effects, UJNR.

Uemura, T. and Yamada, T. (1998) Geology in Japan, 4. Central Japan Part I, Kyoritsu Shuppan (in Japanese).

How to Cite
Orense, R. P., Hyodo, M., Kanda, H., & Ohashi, J. (2008). Geotechnical aspects of the 2007 Niigataken Chuetsu-Oki, Japan earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 41(2), 83-89.