A Tsunami Disaster Response System for Harbors on Korea’s East Coast

Yong-Sik Cho, Dongkyun Kim, Jung-Woo Hwang

Thursday 2 july 2015

17:33 - 17:36h at North America (level 0)

Themes: (T) Extreme events, natural variability and climate change, (ST) Learning from disasters, Poster pitches

Parallel session: Poster pitches: 13I. Extreme - Lessons Disaster

Tsunami is considered to be the most dangerous natural disaster to human kind as proven by the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and the 2011 Japan Earthquake. These tsunamis triggered extensive efforts to develop the disaster response system especially for the urban coastal residential area with high population density. However, not many studies deal with the development of the tsunami disaster response system for major ports and harbors. This study discusses the complete list of the items to be considered for development of tsunami disaster response system specifically tailored for ports and harbors. For study purposes, we selected state-managed major international trade ports and coastal harbors in Korea, and aimed to formulate an effective tsunami disaster response system based on field surveys and related literature. First, the general items that needs to be addressed in the development of the tsunami disaster response system are explained. Second, the items to be included in the development of the emergency action plans (EAP) for ports and harbors are discussed.