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Japan 2011 GEO 201

Impact of Japan 2011 Earthquake

Rose Sabini

on 28 April 2015

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Connecting It All
fast recovery
- strong economy
- history of hard work and willingness to get the job done
- earthquake prediction
- seismic building codes
- allies with many other strong countries
(non-governmental organization)
Regional Expert
Japan Earthquake 2011 GEO 201
Immediate Relief
The Long-Term
Local and Regional Assistance
obligation to help each other, when asked
for a favor, inclined to say yes
University of Portland
University of Leicester, UK
Kurihara, Japan
earthquakes and
tsunamis are quite common
Potential Damages


Prepared for earthquakes
seismic building codes
text alerts
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Global Hazards
Japan Hazards
Monetary Impact (Japan)
Initial damages were estimated to cost as much as $235 billion. Roughly 3% of GDP.
Nuclear reactors inactive, causing more imports, and adding to Japan's trade deficit.
Japan's economic recovery slowed and their credit rating reduced.
Similar Earthquakes (Chile 2010)
Estimates place the cost of damages between $15-30 billion. 10-15% of Chilean GDP.
Majority of damage in Chile residential, Japan had more industrial damage.
Global Impact
Japan's north-east region accounts for 8% of the nation's economy
Japan is world's third largest market.
Microchips go from $7.30 to $10.
Shortage of components for wide array of products: micro chips, video cards, and even whole computers.
Human Impact
Japan 2011- 15,890 confirmed deaths. 465,000 people displaced.
Chile 2010- Just over 500 deaths.
Religion and harmony
Collectivist culture
individuals put the group/family needs ahead of their own
building damage
Responsible for most

Hawaii and West Coast
2.4M waves
millions in damages

Radioactive materials
OR Coast and seafood safety
many economical effects
based on tourism

Even in
After WWII Japan
recovered in a big way and industrialized
The industry focuses on high-tech and electronics

Became the world's second largest economy after the USA until 2010 when China
overtook them
International Assistance
Immediate and Long-Term
Local and International
Where are we now?
The Plate Tectonic Setting of Area
Details of the Japan's 2011 Earthquake
Epicenter: 38.30 North, 142.37 East
Depth: 30 km (18.6 miles)
Type of Fault Movement: Continental-Oceanic Conversion
Amount of Fault Movement: 30 - 40 meters
Duration of Shaking: 6 minutes
Intensity: IX - at worst, VI - most throughout
The setting for this plate tectonic is a Continental-Oceanic Conversion (Pacific Oceanic crust subducts into the North American Continental Crust) at the Japan Trench (which borders coast line of Japan).
Earthquake History of Japan
According to recorded data, from 686 A.D. to 2012 A.D., the earthquakes from this subduction generated earthquakes between 6.3M to 9.0M.
High population
Works Cited

“Magnitude 9.0 – NEAR THE COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN.” USGS. Web. March 23, 2015.

“2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.” Wikipedia. Web. 22 April 2015.

“List of earthquakes in Japan.” Wikipedia. Web. 30 March 2015.

National Geographic Kids
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"Countries and Their Cultures."
Every Culture
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"What about Japan?"
The Hofstede Cente
r. ITIM International. Web. 19 Apr. 2015.

"Explore Japan History."

Web Japan
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"Japan: Asian Power Looking To Rise Again."
Thomas White International
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Amadeo, Kimberly. "Japan's 2011 Earthquake and How It Affected the Economy."
About News
. About. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

Helft, Miguel, and Nick Bunkley. "Disaster in Japan Batters Suppliers."
The New York Times
. The New York Times, 14 Mar. 2011. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

"Chile Quake Damage Could Reach $30 Billion."
. Cable News Network, 28 Feb. 2010. Web. 18 Apr. 2015.

"Recovery Slow as Japan Marks 2 Years since Tsunami."

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Ford, Liz, and Claire Provost. "Japan Earthquake: Aid Flows in from across the World."

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Booth, Robert, and Justin McCurry. "Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Humanitarian Relief Effort Struggles." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited, 15 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.

Taylor, Alan. "Japan Earthquake: One Year Later." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 9 Mar. 2012. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.

Rogers, Krista. “Scientist predicts another major earthquake in Japan by 2017.” Japan Today. Web. Aug. 03, 2014

Firefighters and Medical Units search for victims
Shelters set up
Radiation checks - Fukushima
Medical teams sent to remote coastal villages
Search and Rescue switched to care for displaced
Relief packages distributed to regions without utilities
British search teams arrive 2 days later
50+ countries offer aid day of earthquake
China & 17 other Asian States offer support
North and South American offer aid
2 years later - 16,000 to 19,000 dead, 2,600 still missing
300,000 in temporary housing
Rubble and debris is cleared and pushed aside
Current Status
Radiation still a worry - food,water, livestock
Coastal cities have not fully recovered
Around 2,600 people still missing
Tradition and desire to grow
Over this time period, the amount of recorded earthquakes occurred between 1828 and 2012
Most of these earthquakes range between 7.0-7.9 magnitude while only one is a 9.0 magnitude.
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