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21 scary statistics about the 2011 japan earthquake
21 Scary Statistics About The 2011 Japan Earthquake
posted by John Spacey, Japan Talk, October 30, 2011
A few scary & depressing facts about the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami:
The EarthquakeMagnitude of the quake: 9.0
Energy released by the quake: 480 megatons (a magnitude 9.0 earthquake releases as much energy as 32,000 magnitude 6.0 earthquakes)
Energy released by the quake compared to the nuclear attack on Hiroshima: 600,000,000 times the the energy of the Hiroshima bomb
Size of the quake: 5th biggest in World history
Duration of strong shaking from the quake: up to 5 minutes
There were four warning earthquakes (foreshocks) in the days leading up the the quake of magnitude: 6.0, 6.1, 6.1 and 7.2
Number of aftershocks: more than 900 (aftershocks from a 9.0 magnitude quake can last for years)
First aftershock: There were 3 aftershocks of magnitude 7.0 or greater within 45 minutes of the quake
The quake moved entire island of Japan (Honshu): 2.4 meters (8 feet) closer to North America
The quake shifted the Earth's axis: 10 cm (4 in) at least
The quake made earth days shorter by: 1.8 microseconds
Japan's earthquake warning system sent a warning to Tokyo residents: 1 minute before the quake hit Tokyo
The quake moved a 180 km wide stretch of seabed up: 8 meters (26 feet)
The TsunamiPeak tsunami height: 40.5 meters (133 feet) at Miyako — that's equivalent to a 13 storey building. The Japanese tsunami scale considers a 3 meter tsunami to be a major tsunami.
How far the tsunami made it inland: up to 10 km (6 miles) at Sendai
Total land area covered by the tsunami:: 561 kilometers sq (217 sq miles)
Total area of icebergs the tsunami wave broke off of Antarctica: 125 square kilometers
Time Sendai residents had before tsunami hit: around 8 minutes
Number of people who evacuated after the tsunami warning in the worst hit areas: only 42%
Designated tsunami evacuation sites that were hit by the wave: at least 101
The Fukushima Nuclear DisasterSize of tsunami waves that hit the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant: 15 meters (49 feet)
Number of full nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant: 3
Severity of the Fukushima disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale: 7 (maximum severity)
The AftermathEstimated cost of the disaster: US$300 billion (biggest in World history)
Number of buildings destroyed: 45,700
Number of automobiles and trucks destroyed: 230,000
Number of people killed and missing: 15,828 deaths and 3,760 people missing
Number of children killed: 378 deaths and 158 children missing.
Number of children orphaned: 236 children
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