Earthquakes In Japan

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Investigating Earthquakes – Japan
Gurjit & Ashwin

Preliminary questions:
a. Why do earthquakes happen in this location?
b. Does this location fall on any fault lines?
c. What are they doing to prepare themselves?
d. How often earthquakes happen in this location?
e. The last earthquake?
f. The strongest earthquake?
g. What are the hazards of earthquakes in this area?
h. How are the structures built in this area

i. Japan is located in an area where several continental and oceanic plates meet. This is the cause of frequent earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. j. Japan is located near the triple fault line between the Eurasian plate and the Pacific plate (the Japan Trench) and the Philippine plate (the Nankai trough). k. The Japanese government has given specific emergency earthquake procedures that has been specifically planned according to events that have occurred in the past. The people of Japan have also been equipped with an emergency earthquake preparation kit per household. l. Japan gets about 1000 earthquakes annually which also translates into 2 to 3 earthquakes per day. Even while knowing this fact, Japan still manages to attract many tourists with their colorful and bright cities distracting people from the dark history of destruction and death. m. Japans most recent notable earthquake was the 2012 Kamaishi earthquake located near the city of Kamaishi. This fairly large 7.3 magnitude earthquake triggered a mile high tsunami. It was caused 36km within the Pacific plate, about 12 miles east of the Japanese trench. n. The most disastrous earthquake in Japanese history is "The Great Konto Earthquake" of 1923. The 4 minute 8.3 magnitude earthquake resulted in a devastating 142,800 approximate deaths. Yet the strongest earthquake in Japan was the Tohoku 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011, which compared to the devastation of the great Konto earthquake, only resulted in 15,884 deaths. o.

p. Japan cannot...
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