Earthquakes in Japan

 Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Japan

When the blocks of earth slip past each other on a fault line on land it is called an earthquake. When the blocks of earth skip past one another on a fault line in the ocean it is still considered an earthquake, but this type of earthquake can cause a Tsunami. In March of 2011 a giant earthquake hit Japan and then created a Tsunami that killed thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in property damage.

A Tsunami is very scary and almost impossible to predict. By the time the warnings are being released the giant wave is upon land. The only real warning sign that there could be a Tsunami is if an earthquake was detected in or around a large body of water.

Japan has been a victim of many earthquakes and continues to be a victim today. Most people are aware of the Japan earthquake in 2011, but few are aware that Japan continues to have small and somewhat larger earthquakes all of the time.

The Japan earthquake in 2011 was horrific, which caused a lot of death and destruction. In fact the death toll was 15,883. This death toll took some time to calculate because of the massive damage that occurred. As of July 10, 2013 the death toll remains 15,883.

The Japan earthquake and the Tsunami was devastating. This can be seen in the high death toll and the billions of dollars in property damage. In fact experts predicted that the property damage came to about 300 billion dollars. This number is astronomical and hard to believe that any country could find 300 billion dollars to help rebuild. It was for this reason that many people and countries began to collect money to help all those that lost loved ones and their property/homes.

Although there was 300 billion dollars in property damage and 15,883 people dead, the worst part was the news that several of the nuclear reactors were damaged and leaking radiation. People all across the globe were fearful of radiation poisoning and the long term effects of such a devastating situation.

 

References:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/17/world/asia/japan-earthquake—tsunami-fast-facts

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/eqscience.php