2011 Sendai Tsunami


The 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku was caused by the subduction of the Pacific plate under the plate beneath Northern Honshu. This earthquake was the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since the 1900’s. The resulting tsunami waves were just as powerful; they were as high as 26 feet and traveled as far as 6 miles inland. I believe that the Japanese earthquake best displays anthropogenic influence on tsunamis because scientists during this time started to relate climate change issues to stronger and more frequent tsunamis. The Japanese tsunami is unique in that the damages caused were of greater strength because of the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant and these increased damages created more troubling climatic events. 1

  1. “Mw 9.0 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japan Earthquake, on March 11th, 2011 at 05:46 UTC.” European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. Accessed December 15, 2014. http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/196/Mw-9-0-off-the-Pacific-coast-of-Tohoku-JapanA-Earthquake-A-on-March-11th-2011-at-05-46-UTC.

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