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Disaster in Northeast Japan

DISASTER IN NORTHEAST JAPAN A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake and a subsequent tsunami devastated dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile strech of Japan's east coast. Aftershocks stronger than 6 magnitude RUSSIA North Earthquake of magnitude 8.9 yesterday 2:46 p.m. local time American Plate CHINA Hokkaido Sendai. (12:46 a.m. EST) Eurasian Niigata Plate Fukushima NORTH Detail Pacific KOREA Sea of Japan Honshu Epicenter Plate Fukushima nuclear power plants SOUTH KOREA Nagano East China Pacific Kyushu Ocean Sea Tokyo Philippine Plate 50 MILES 300 MILES HOW A TSUNAMI FORMS 1. Most tsunamis are triggered by undersea earthquakes. As the ocean floor moves, it lifts ocean water above it 2. While the waves are barely noticeable on the surface, a big wall of water underneath could travel at 600 miles per 4. The flooding of an 3. As they approach land and enter shallow water, tsunami waves slow down, become compressed, and grow in height, appearing as a rapidly falling and rising tide or a series of breaking waves. area can extend far inland, covering large expanses of land with water and debris. creates tsunami waves. hour. Epicenter SOURCES: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; US Geological Survey DAIGO FUJIWARA, MONICA ULMANU, JAVIER ZARRACINA/GLOBE STAFF

Disaster in Northeast Japan

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