Japan Earthquake Of 2011 And The Haiti Earthquake

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Earthquakes occur daily as plates of lithosphere travel on asthenosphere; however, some earthquakes are larger and cause more damage than others. Major earthquake zones include the circum-pacific region, Indonesia to Europe, Caribbean and Sandwich Islands, mid-ocean ridges, and East Africa. Larger earthquakes are rarer than smaller earthquakes, yet when they do occur, they are memorable. The Japan earthquake of 2011 and the Haiti earthquake of 2010 are memorable for unfavorable circumstances, yet are excellent sources of study for seismologists and geologists. March 11, 2011-- Japan experiences one of the most devastating earthquakes recorded. The epicenter, located at 38.297 N, 142.372 E, produces a magnitude 9.0 earthquake at a depth…show more content…
In addition to the aforementioned information, the tsunami is also devastating to the Japanese population, as well as nations surrounding the Pacific ocean. In fact, the tsunami is the greatest cause of damage during the quake. In the tragic event, 15,890 people perished, 2,590 people reported missing, and 6,152 people suffered injuries in Japan-- most of which as a result of the tsunami. The 2011 Japan earthquake could not have been prevented, since natural disasters cannot be avoided, nor predicted; however, several steps could have been taken to reduce the number of buildings damaged. The Japanese government possesses good communication with their people (hence the issued tsunami warning), so the loss of life could not have been avoided. Despite strong communication with the public, the Japanese government could implement building regulations to withstand severe earthquakes and issue an “early warning” messaging system because sometimes, seconds make a difference. Today, the Japanese government is actively working to reduce the amount of nuclear power plants to avoid future complications with radioactivity and public health. January 12, 2010, 4:43 p.m. local time -- 25 kilometers southwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, the earth ruptures (18.44 N, 72.57 W) 13 kilometers below the surface. Occurring on the Caribbean plate, particularly the
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