Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes/typhoons/cyclones and floods are common threats for many societies on the Pacific Rim’s ‘Ring of Fire’.  To address these shared threats, the APRU Multi-Hazards Program aims to build safer and more disaster resilient societies through education, research and partnerships. To do this, the Program is working to harness the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on disaster risk reduction and recovery, the sharing of strategies to cope with campus disaster risk management, and to contribute to international policy making processes on disaster risk reduction. In particular, the Program focuses on better strategies to deal with low-frequency high impact disasters. The APRU Multi-Hazards Program builds upon the strengths APRU Multi-hazards symposia over the past decade in countries spanning the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’. An APRU program hub has been established at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) with an International Core Group chaired by Professor Yuichi Ono and coordinated by Associate Professor Takako Izumi of Tohoku University leading the program. A key milestone for the Program is to develop a strong presence and contribution to the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in March 2015 to be hosted in Sendai, Japan. To facilitate this, Tohoku University is hosting an annual summer school for disaster risk reduction for APRU university faculty, staff and students to complement the annual Multi-Hazards Symposium to be hosted by University of the Philippines in 2015.

9th Multi-Hazards Symposium 2013

The APRU symposium series on Multi-Hazards around the Pacific Rim hosted its ninth symposium from 28 to 29 October 2013 at National Taiwan University in Chinese Taipei.

The 9th APRU symposium was hosted by the Center for Weather Climate and Disaster Research (WCDR) at National Taiwan University. For general information, please refer to the website 

A video link to the symposium can be found here.


Past Symposiums

8th Research Symposium on Multi-hazards around the Pacific Rim
Hosted by: Tohoku University
Date: September 20-22, 2012
Hosted by: University of Auckland
Date: November 24-26, 2011

Presentation Schedule


6th Research Symposium on Multi-hazards around the Pacific Rim - Multi-disciplinary Approaches for Hazard Mitigation
Hosted by: Peking University
Date: August 27-29, 2010

List of Participants 


5th Research Symposium on Multi-hazards around the Pacific Rim - Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcanic and Geological Hazards and Approaches for Mitigation
Hosted by: National Taiwan University
Date: August 17 - 18, 2009


4th Research Symposium on Multi-hazards around the Pacific Rim
Hosted by: University of California, Davis
Date: August 21 - 22, 2008

List of Participants


3rd Research Symposium on Earthquake Hazards around the Pacific Rim - Diversity of Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Phenomena and their Hazards
Co-organized by: University of Tokyo and University of Indonesia
Date: June 21 - 22, 2007


2nd Research Symposium on Earthquake Hazards around the Pacific Rim – Global Watch and Environmental Impact
Co-organized by: Osaka University and University of California, Berkeley
Date: April 21 - 22, 2006


Hosted by: Kyoto University
Date: August 31 - September 2, 2005
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