The School's Response to the Tohoku Region and Pacific Offshore Earthquake (Notice 3)

March 30, 2011

Toshio Yamagata (Dean, School of Science)
Tetsuji Konno (General Manager, School of Science)

This notice is to inform you of the latest emergency measures for the earthquake. For university-wide responses, please refer to the following website (English):

1. About Experiments/Research

1-1. Refrain from conducting experiments/research that require a large amount of electricity. The following is the outline of the notice, "Partial Lifting of Power Consumption Restriction on Campus," announced by the University Headquarters on March 24.

  • Power consumption restriction lifted: Friday, 22:00 - Monday, 6:00
  • Reduction in power consumption by 30%: Weekdays 6:00 - 22:00

We plan to post information on the School's website that will show the amount of electricity consumed every hour at each building in the School of Science, which can be used as a reference for the power consumption cut-down. For details, please visit (details coming soon)

1-2. Experiments/research that produce waste fluid must be conducted based on the recovery and treatment schedule of the Environmental Science Center. (Currently, recovery and treatment are available to a limited extent.)

Latest updates on the Center website (Japanese):

1-3. Experiments/research other than those mentioned above must be conducted based upon the supervising faculty member's careful consideration on safety. If necessary, contact the Environmental Safety Management Office for advice/consultations at .

2. Response to the Power Crisis (Rolling Blackouts)

Please cut down on power consumption in using not only electric appliances (e.g. air-conditioners, automatic doors, water heaters, lighting, refrigerators, etc.) but also experiment-related equipment. In addition, please take proper measures in advance for lab devices that could be affected by the rolling blackouts.

For the precautions on the restart of experiments suggested by the Environmental Science Center, please see below:

1) Lab Devices

  • Check lab devices before using them since they could have been damaged by the seismic shaking.
  • In particular, ensure that there are no leaks on the pipes used for high-pressure gas/cooling water. Check wiring connections, too.

2) Experiment at Night/Weekends (especially for students)

  • When students conduct experiments at night and/or on weekends, they must be properly instructed by their supervising faculty members before starting an experiment.
  • Do not conduct experiments when feeling sleepy and/or exhausted.

3) Response to an Emergency

  • Ensure an evacuation route for emergency situations.
  • Re-confirm the laboratory emergency contact list.

In addition to the measures described above, please take all possible measures to ensure the safety of research rooms, laboratories and lab devices.