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The 2011 Japan tsunami By Mai Thao 4B


Introduction -

Happened on March 2011.

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Caused by an earthquake in the Pacific ocean.

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The 2011 Japan tsunami is the 5th biggest in World history.


Causes -

The Japan tsunami caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

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The earthquake lasted for 6 minutes.

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The epicenter was about 70km east of Oshika Peninsula coast.

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The epicenter was 30km deep.


The tsunami -

The tsunami was 40.7m tall (133ft).

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It hit mainly in Miyako, Iwate and Tohoku.

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It was so strong that it reached the entire continent of America from Alaska to Chile with a 2m tsunami.


Aftermath -

15,883 deaths

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6,143 injured

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2,681 missing

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Over 200,000 homes destroyed.

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Over 45,700 buildings destroyed.

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3 nuclear reactors shut down


Information about the earthquake and tsunami - The earthquake moved the island of Japan 2.4m closer to North America. -

The earthquake moved the Earth’s axis 10cm

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The earthquake made days on Earth 1.8 microsecond shorter.

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The tsunami covered 561 km2.

The 2011 Japan Tsunami - Mai Thao 4B