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EARTHQUAKES

HIT JAPAN

On Friday 11th March, north-east Japan was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 8.9 in the Richter scale, the biggest known earthquake recorded in this area. It took place in the Tōhoku region, causing a tsunami with waves around 10 meters high. This earthquake was preceded by several foreshocks –one of magnitude 7 on 9th March- and followed by hundreds of aftershocks.

Despite having buildings designed to prevent quake damage, there have been huge consequences of the disaster. The earth was trembling during six minutes and then the tsunami spread across Japan’s nothern islands causing floods, landslides, fires, building damage and 14,981 deaths. Apart from that, 9,880 people are missing and around 5,000 injured.

 
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