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Japan: Enshunada Sea Earthquake, 1498

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Adam Heide

on 21 May 2014

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Transcript of Japan: Enshunada Sea Earthquake, 1498

Key Facts
Japan: Enshunada Sea Earthquake/Tsunami, 1498
: September 20, 1498
: 1498
: 8.3
Surface Wave Magnitude
: 8.3
Total Deaths
: wasn't certain between 26, 000 to 31, 000
Total Damage
: Severe
Rapair Cost
: $5 to $24 million
Houses Destroyed
: 1, 000

The earthquake first occured on September 20, 1498 off the coast of Japan at 8:00 local time. The magnitude was estimated at about 8.6 and created a large tsunami. The number of deaths was never certain, but between 26,000 to 31,000 casualities were reported. The Philippine Sea Plate beneath the Eurasian Plate is how it formed.
Tectonic Setting
The southern coast of Hunshu runs parallel to the Nankai Trough which the movement in this convergent boundary leads to many earthquakes (sometimes the mega thrust type). The mega thrust type happens in subduction zones at destructive plate boundaries where a tectonic plate is subducted by another. The Nankai mega thrust have five segments named A, B, C, D, and E that can break by itself, they have done this alone or together for the last 1, 300 years. How it happened was that one of the tectonic plates went over the other like a subduction zone.

Diagram Of tsunami
Photo Of Coastline
Shocking Photo Of tsunami
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