Monday, November 21, 2016

Earthquakes and Japan

News: Japan earthquake led to a tsunami in Fukushima.
An earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit Japan. This triggered a tsunami of initial height of 9.8 meters. It has caused a meltdown of Japan's nuclear plant. People have started evacuating. The tremors have been felt in the capital too.

Earthquakes in Japan are a common phenomenon because Japan is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire. This area has earned the name because of the tectonic plates of Pacific, Eurasian and Philippine Sea plates under it. Movement of the tectonic plates causes earthquakes and earthquakes gives rise to tsunami. Tsunamis cause more destruction than earthquake. Japan is also a place for volcanoes erupting from time to time. Tremors and after shocks are also strong here.

Fun Fact: The word 'tsunami' literally means 'harbour wave' in Japanese.

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