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Transcript of Japan Earthquake
March 11, 2011 Rebuilding
can take to 5 years. Death toll over
18,000 Radiation Leaks
Result: Explosions 9.0 Magnatitude
On March 11th Automakers Shutdown Fears of a Strong Earthquake questions California's powerplant resistance Tsuami hits strong on coastal cities Damaged vehicles Search Teams
Look for lost/misplaced people Robots are being used to look for the missing Tsunami Wave Hits Survivors look at list
for missing people. Minamisanriku completely
damaged after earthquake People are being searched
for radiation Train cars were swept away
from rails Survivors await rescue Vessel was found over resident houses Cars were burned
due to fire Cargo containers are strewn about in Sendai Japan More fish boats found
on debris The deadly earthquake that struck Japan last week has been upgraded from an 8.9 to a 9.0-magnitude, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced today (March 14).
This magnitude places the earthquake as the fourth largest in the world since 1900 and the largest in Japan since modern instrumental recordings began 130 years ago, according to the USGS.
A 9.0-magnitude earthquake is about 1.4 times stronger than an 8.9-magnitude, said Susan Potter, a geophysicist with the USGS.
The USGS often updates an earthquake’s magnitude as more data become available and more time-intensive analysis is performed. Japanese scientists had already upgraded the earthquake from an 8.8 to 9.0. The USGS noted that different agencies use different techniques to measure the magnitude of earthquakes.
The 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck at 2:46 p.m. local time (12:46 a.m. EST) on Friday (March 11) off the east coast of Honshu, Japan's largest island and home to about 100 million people.
The temblor ruptured 231 miles (373 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo and 80 miles (130 km) east of Sendai, Honshu, in the Pacific Ocean near the Japan Trench. The Japan Trench is a subduction zone, where the Pacific plate — beneath the Pacific Ocean — dives underneath the North American plate — beneath Japan. This violent movement, called thrust faulting, forced the North American plate upward in this latest quake.
The quake triggered a massive tsunami that socked Japan's coast, where the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000, according to news reports.
More than 150 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater have followed the massive quake, including more than two dozen of magnitude 6 or greater, and one aftershock of magnitude 7.1. Aftershocks between the magnitude 3.0-5.0 Have been recorded Around 4.4 Million
houses with no
electricity! Gasoline supplies are
low. Citizens wait in
line to get gas. US Forces Arrive
To Help More boats found
on land Survivors eat
in shelter. Fires continue to burn Nearby Neighbor Countrys
Rush to Help Japan Tobacco will temporarily halt shipments Residents Make their
Way through debris Part of road fell due to
earthquake Tsunami waves make their way through cities