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Japan Earthquake

Post  Reny P. on Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:04 pm

March, Friday 11th there was an enormously powerful earthquake in Japan. The magnitude of the earthquake was 8.9, which beats all the records of earthquakes in Japan so far. The exact location the earthquake triggered was at 38.322°N, 142.369°E which is in the north east of Tokyo, near the east coast of Honshu. It killed about 60 people. When you go on Google you see a warning underneath the search bar. “Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.” A 10 meter wave (33ft) struck Sendai, Miyagi.
Not only did the tsunami leave Japan in a horrible state, but there were also many aftershocks from the first earthquake. They reached up to a magnitude of 7. At least 1,000 people have been confirmed dead. There are still more than 500 people missing.
About 2,500 people are expected to have died overall in the end.


Source:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709598


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Re: Japan Earthquake

Post  peter on Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:31 pm

I was going to search something up on Friday morning and saw the tsunami warning under the search bar. Apparently it was the world's biggest earthquake in 100 years! Japan does get a lot of earthquakes so i don't think it is such a big disaster compared to the Haiti earthquake because the Japanese were more prepared. Check it this youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YPOK_3r8Dc) and see some of the destruction the earthquake caused!!
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Post  Lisa Ella Humenberger on Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:58 pm

This was such a terrible thing for the Japanese. Also now they have nuclear gases roaming around and they said on t.v that some people have gotten affected by the nuclear gases. Also there were 3 elderly people stuck in a car for twenty hours! Death rates just keep increasing and it will take a long time for Japan to restore itself again. :/
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Post  angie m on Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:02 pm

i heard about the earthquake when i was in the drama trip. It is horrible how nature can destroy something so fast. This earthquake got me thinking about what we were discussing in history last chapter. We were talking about how the world "balances" itself. Thomas Malthus said that the only way for the world to "check" it self was by disease, famine and destruction. Since Japan has a large population we could see the earthquake as a way of the world balancing itself out(if we agreed with Malthus). It is very unfortunate what happened.
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Post  Hristo on Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:09 am

The tsunami caused more damage than the earthquake itself. The 10 meters wave went 5 kilometers on land destroying everything on its way. Fortunately, Japan is used to earthquakes so they quickly evacuated most of the people. In Japan, there are different building standards, which is the main reason that Japan's buildings are probably the most resistant buildings. However, many factories have been destroyed because of fires and explosions. Even the nuclear station had an explosion and it is now releasing radioactive materials. Since the earthquake had an epicenter of more than 20 kilometers depth it caused huge shifts. Japan moved 2.4 kilometers. Even the Earth's axis shifted about 10cm which is quite a lot. Such a big shift of the Earth's axis will cause many changes around the world. The Earth's climate will change, for sure.
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