Education: A Senseless Siege

Opened in 1925, the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute is widely regarded as one of the best seismology centers in the world. Its staff of 200 includes specialists in a wide range of fields relating to earthquakes, from chemical volcanology and crustal deformation to structural geology and geomagnetism. Its six-story quakeproof building houses a seismological library and a radio telemetry system that links the institute with some of its 20 field seismographs. Despite quake-prone Japan's urgent need for seismological research, however, the institute has been at a standstill since the summer...

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