Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami 2011

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What is the location and date of the event
North East Coast of Japan, in the pacific Ocean. 2.46pm 11 March 2011
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What caused the earthquake and tsunami
The Pacific Plate subducted under the eurasian plate creating a shaking of the earth. It lasted for 5 minutes and lifted the sea bed up. It was a magnitude 9.0 This created a wave of 30 meters high that smashed into the NE coast of Japan.
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Why did it happen
Japan at boundary of 3 plates - Pacific/ Phillipine/ Eurasian. Active = over 1000 earthquakes a year. Large 7.2 earthquake the week before
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Impacts on the people
Radiation increased the chances of cancer by 10%. 19,000 killed. 50, 000 homeless. Power shortages. Food shortages. Cost $300 billion.
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Impacts on the landscape
East coast dropped by 1 meter. Land slide buried cars. Wave destroyed buildings, cars, boats. Mud and debris covered farmland. Fukishima poisoned the land and sea.
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Planning for next time
Build new sea walls. Have a plan and a survival kit. Practice drills in school. Seizmometers and tsunami warnings sent out quickly - took 31 seconds from the eq starting to warn everyone. Earthquake proof buildings
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Short term aid
Tents, clothes and blankets - China sent 2000 blankets. Food and medicine Maldives sent 90,000 tins of tuna. Search and rescue equipment - Switzerland sent 25 rescue teams and 9 sniffer dogs. New Zealand sent 15 tonnes of lifting equipment
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Long Term Aid
Rebuildign roads, bridges and houses. Cleaning up the radioactive waste at Fukushima. USA gave $100,000
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The Pacific Plate subducted under the eurasian plate creating a shaking of the earth. It lasted for 5 minutes and lifted the sea bed up. It was a magnitude 9.0 This created a wave of 30 meters high that smashed into the NE coast of Japan.

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