An Earthquake Investigation Committee

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IT may perhaps interest you and your readers to hear that by the Imperial ordinance of June 25 a committee has been established for the investigation of the earthquake phenomena, with the view of finding methods of predicting earthquakes, if possible, and of ascertaining the nature of construction, building, and otherwise, best calculated to resist the effect of the shocks. President Kato, of the Imperial University, has been nominated the president, and myself the secretary. Other members of the Committee are Furnichi (Director and Professor of Civil Engineering, Engineering College, and Head of the Engineering Bureau of the Department of the Interior), Tatonno (Professor of Architecture, Engineering College), Tanabe (Professor of Civil Engineering, Engineering College), Tanakadate (F.R. S. E., and Professor of Physics, Science College), and Nagaoka (Assistant Professor of Physics, Science College), Koto (Professor of Geology, Science College), and Kochibe (of the Geological Survey), Sekiya and Omori (Seismologists), Nakamura (of the Meteorological Bureau), and a foreign member, Prof. J. Milne Other members will be nominated by and by. The Parliament has granted 42,000 yen for this year, chiefly for the purchase of various instruments. The committee will be glad to receive any communication or suggestion on the subject Address: Earthquake Investigation Committee, care of the Department of Education, Japan.

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KIKUCHI, D. An Earthquake Investigation Committee. Nature 46, 418 (1892) doi:10.1038/046418a0

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