Outstanding Seismic Performance of Wood Homes in Noto Peninsula Earthquake

By Shawn Lawlor
Canada Wood Group
July 1, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, International

On January 1st, 2024 a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. According to Japanese government sources the powerful earthquake resulted in 260 deaths and caused widespread damage to infrastructure and properties across the Noto Peninsula. A total of 125,736 homes were damaged or destroyed. …As was the case in past major earthquake in Japan, 2×4 held up admirably well in the Noto earthquake. The Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association recently conducted a survey of 2×4 built in the Noto region to determine the extent of damage to 2×4 homes. A total of 1,120 homes were surveyed and of these 99% or 1,111 units showed either no damage or only light non-structural damage.

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