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Japan’s Earthquake &Tsunami 2011 (REUTERS). Images courtesy of the US Geological Survey Magnitude 9.0 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Friday, March.

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1 Japan’s Earthquake &Tsunami 2011 (REUTERS)

2 Images courtesy of the US Geological Survey Magnitude 9.0 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC

3 The earthquake occurred 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai and 373 km (231 miles) northeast of Tokyo.

4 This is one of the largest earthquakes that Japan has ever experienced. Part of houses swallowed by tsunami burn in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture (state) after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, New York Times In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently. Elsewhere severe flooding occurred due to a tsunami generated by the earthquake.

5 Tsunami waves swept away houses and cars in northern Japan and pushed ships aground. The earthquake caused some damage – but the tsunami was devastating The tsunami waves traveled far inland, the wave of debris racing across the farmland, carrying boats and houses with it.

6 CNN reported “The quake rattled buildings and toppled cars off bridges and into waters underneath. Waves of debris flowed like lava across farmland, pushing boats, houses and trailers toward highways.” A number of fires broke out including one at an oil refinery which was burning out of control. Giant fireballs rise from a burning oil refinery in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture (state) after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11, Los Angeles Times Fires after earthquakes are often caused by broken gas pipelines

7  Let’s take a look at tsunami as it hits the east coast of Japan  pacific pacific pacific

8 Globally, this is the 5 th largest earthquake since 1900 (or 4 th depends on M). Chile 1960 Alaska 1964 Sumatra 2004 Chile 2010 Japan 2011 Russia 1952 Ecuador 1906 Alaska 1965

9 What is a Tsunami? (harbor wave) Seismic sea waves (NOT tidal waves) Large ocean wave or series of ocean waves generated by an earthquake, volcanic eruption, submarine landslide or meteor impact

10 How do EQs cause a tsunami?

11 Tsunami causes   Unless there is an underwater landslide, strike- slip EQ WILL NOT cause tsunami   Most tsunami generated by subduction zones Chile  Alaska  Japan  Cascadia  Philippines  Caribbean  New Zealand

12 Tsunami wavelength and speed  Long wavelengths (over 100 km)  Travel at high speeds : 450 to 650 mph 316,800 ft = 60 miles

13 Nearby the earthquake there are only minutes to evacuate. However, in many other regions there is advance warning. How long before the tsunami reaches Los Angeles? Projected travel times for the arrival of tsunami waves across the Pacific

14 What happens when tsunami gets near shore?  Tsunami slows down (shallower water)  Wave gets taller

15 Tsunami nears shore  As wave gets into shallow water bottom of wave drags along ocean floor  Top of wave still moving fast: causes cresting of wave, and breaking onto shore

16 Tsunami warning  Receding of coastal waters ( minutes before the strike ).

17  Approaching tsunamis are almost always heralded by a noticeable fall of coastal waters.  Water may recede several hundreds of meters. If you are on the beach, and you see water suddenly receding, exposing the ocean floor, it means that you have minutes before the tsunami strikes.  What do you do?

18 Run for high ground!

19  Let’s take a look at what Japan looks like before and after  an-quake-2011/ an-quake-2011/ an-quake-2011/

20 Detecting a tsunami  Pressure recorder on bottom of ocean  Buoy to communicate readings via satellite  Tsunami Warning Centers issue warning

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22 Tsunami Warning Centers  Hawaii and Alaska  When EQ considered capable of generating tsunami, send warning with estimated arrival time  Once tsunami hits somewhere, tsunami watch established to monitor tide gauges and ocean buoys

23 Tsunami Monitoring Systems Locations of NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) DART stations comprising the operational network.

24 Tsunami Warning  When warning is issued – low lying areas are evacuated  U.S. Coast guard issues warnings over marine frequencies  Some places have sirens


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