Fujinuma Reservoir - Main Dam Failure
Fujinuma Reservoir, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Fujinuma Dam is an embankment dam located in southern Fukushima Prefecture that failed shortly after the earthquake. The failure of the dam resulted in the uncontrolled release of the entire reservoir, which flowed downstream into a small village and killed 8 people (Matsumoto, 2011; Towhata et al., 2011). In the animation, rainbow-shade coloring indicates low elevations (red) to high elevations (blue).
The pre-failure model is a computer-generated estimation of the dam site before the earthquake and dam failure, created based on the original Fujinuma Dam design.