Japan Earthquake 2011 Facts
On March 11, 2011 an earthquake of 9.1 magnitude took place approximately 230 miles northeast of Tokyo. It is the largest earthquake ever to hit Japan. It also triggered a deadly 23 foot tsunami that completely deluged the country. It caused serious damage to the reactors at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and contaminated a wide area. This disaster was given the name ‘Great East Japan Earthquake’ by Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The Tohoku earthquake and the resultant tsunami killed over 15,000 people. In the following year, the country was hit by over 5,000 aftershocks.
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- It is also believed to have been the most expensive disaster in the history.
- The effects of the earthquake were felt around the world.
- The tsunami caused a cooling system failure at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
- Those tsunami waves also travelled across the Pacific and reached Alaska, Hawaii and Chile.
- The jolt moved Japan’s main island of Honshu eastward by 8 feet.
- Thousands of tons of ozone destroying chemicals and green house gases were released into the air by destroyed buildings.
- The tsunami broke icebergs off the Sulzberger Ice shelf in Antarctica.
- The pacific plate slid westward nears the epicentre by 79 feet.
- At the time of earthquake, Japan had total 54 nuclear reactors that produced about 30% of the country’s electricity.
- This earthquake released as much energy as 480 megatons.
- It was the 5th biggest earthquake in the earth’s history.
- It shifted the earth’s axis 10 centimetres at least.