Urban search and rescue, Japan

After working in Christchurch on recovery efforts following the 2011 earthquakes, members of our team assisted in the enormous search and rescue efforts in Japan following an earthquake and tsunami.

Working in challenging conditions, with overnight temperatures reaching -17 degrees Celsius, Aurecon staff provided vital ground engineering expertise in the location and extrication of victims trapped after the earthquake and tsunami. They also provided specialised advice on structural collapse of buildings, roads, bridges and railway lines.

In addition to these general urban search and rescue engineering activities, the team also monitored the environmental conditions from nearby nuclear power plants. This involved plotting background radiation data and assessing information on how the radioactive dust plume was spreading from the damaged power plants and its possible effect on the local community.

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