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Japanese Tsunami, March 2011

Source: Wideworld magazine, Sep 2011


Location of Epicentre: off the northeast coast of Japan, 130 km east of Sendai (the nearest city) 


Scale of Earthquake: 9.0


Boundary: Pacific plate subducted under Eurasian plate


Height of Wave: highest was 30 metres 


Deaths: 16,000

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Japanese Earthquake, March 2011

Source: Worldwide magazine, Sep 2011


Location of Epicentre: Off the northeast coast of Japan, 130 km from Sendai (the nearest city)


Boundary: Pacific plate subducted under the Eurasan plate


Deaths: 260 (low)


Secondary Hazards: Devistating tsunami

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Soufriere Hills, Active Volcano in Montserrat

Source: Geography Review magazine, Feb 2012


Location: South Montserrat


Active from: 1995

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2004 Tsunami, Koh Phi Phi Don island in Thailand

Source: Geography Review magazine, Sep 2012


Location: the Indian Ocean 


Scale: 8.9

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Chinese Earthquake, May 2008

Source: Natural Hazards magazine, 2010/2011


Location: Sichuan


Scale: 7.9


Focus: Shalllow (19 km) 


Deaths: 90,000


Note: It was poor prapardness rather than physical factors which led to such a large scale of desaster

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Mount Merapi, 2010

Source: Natural Hazards Magazine, 2012/2013

 

Location: 28 km north of Yogyakarta city, central Java, Indonesia 

 

Boundary: Indo-Australian plate subducting beneath Eurasian plate

 

Type: Strato-volcano Active since: 1548

 

Secondary hazard: Nov 2006, heavy rain triggured lahars.         

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