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Magnitude 8.9 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

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Magnitude 8.9 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Post by Otonashi-kun on Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:31 am

The 03/11/2011 earthquake (preliminary magnitude 8.9) near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, occurred as a result of thrust faulting on or near the subduction zone interface plate boundary between the Pacific and North America plates. At the latitude of this earthquake, the Pacific plate moves approximately westwards with respect to the North America plate at a velocity of 83 mm/yr. The Pacific plate thrusts underneath Japan at the Japan Trench, and dips to the west beneath Eurasia. The location, depth, and focal mechanism of the March 11 earthquake are consistent with the event having occurred as thrust faulting associated with subduction along this plate boundary. Note that some authors divide this region into several microplates that together define the relative motions between the larger Pacific, North America and Eurasia plates; these include the Okhotsk and Amur microplates that are respectively part of North America and Eurasia.

The March 11 earthquake was preceded by a series of large foreshocks over the previous two days, beginning on March 9th with an M 7.2 event approximately 40 km from the March 11 earthquake, and continuing with a further 3 earthquakes greater than M 6 on the same day.

The Japan Trench subduction zone has hosted 9 events of magnitude 7 or greater since 1973. The largest of these was an M 7.8 earthquake approximately 260 km to the north of the March 11 event, in December 1994, which caused 3 fatalities and almost 700 injuries. In June of 1978, an M 7.7 earthquake 35 km to the southwest caused 22 fatalities and over 400 injuries.

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Magnitude
8.9
Date-Time
Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC
Friday, March 11, 2011 at 02:46:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
38.322°N, 142.369°E
Depth
24.4 km (15.2 miles) set by location program
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
130 km (80 miles) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
178 km (110 miles) E of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan
178 km (110 miles) ENE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
373 km (231 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 13.5 km (8.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters
NST=350, Nph=351, Dmin=416.3 km, Rmss=1.46 sec, Gp= 29°,
M-type="moment" magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=A
Source
USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID
usc0001xgp

Code:
Source: earthquake.usgs.gov


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Re: Magnitude 8.9 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Post by Otonashi-kun on Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:38 am

I was holding my breathe through most of this. Earthquakes are a scary business.

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Post by Otonashi-kun on Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:52 am

people seem to be commenting that the video isn't real. why in the world would someone do all for a fake video? and his mom was scared looking so I don't wanna hear those idiots saying its fake. this was even on the news.

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Re: Magnitude 8.9 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Post by Dream Fighter on Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:39 pm

I saw this on Friday afternoon, in College.
I couldn't eat my lunch, I felt so sick.
I spent the rest of the day watching the live feed of NHK TV on the internet at home.

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Post by Dream Fighter on Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:41 pm

The tsunami that followed was infinitely worse, and now I hear that there's been an explosion at a nuclear plant and danger of another going off potentially.

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Re: Magnitude 8.9 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Post by Otonashi-kun on Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:15 pm

Omg. thats terrible. I wonder how they are gonna get themselves back together with all that damage.

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Re: Magnitude 8.9 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Post by JDK64 on Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:17 pm

..hmm this is prolly the reason for some anime series being late in release. Crying or Very sad But i'll definitely be praying for them.

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Re: Magnitude 8.9 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

Post by AnimeGuy on Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:38 pm

I saw this on the news. and several videos on youtube.

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