Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Japan, triggering a massive tsunami whose effects were felt as far away as the U.S. West Coast. The temblor damaged several Japanese nuclear reactors, some of which have already partially melted. Take a look at the science behind this disaster.
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Earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador Aren't Related: Here's Why
Ecuador Earthquake 2016
April 18th, 2016
They may have happened within days of one another, but the devastating earthquakes in Japan had nothing to do with the strong temblor that struck Ecuador over the weekend, experts say.
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Migrating Earthquakes Could Make Prediction Possible
Christchurch earthquake damage
May 15th, 2014
Big earthquakes in Chile and Japan reveal that migrating series of small earthquakes could signal coming events, providing a means of earthquake prediction.
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Tsunami Debris 'Island' Headed for US? NOAA Sets Record Straight
Debris from Japanese Tsunami
November 6th, 2013
Debris from the deadly tsunami that struck Japan almost three years ago is drifting across the Pacific Ocean toward North America, and will likely continue to wash onto North American shores over the next few years, according to NOAA.
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Disaster Survivors: How Stress Changes the Brain
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April 29th, 2014
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New Footage of Tsunami Dock Found
Japanese dock the washed ashore in Oregon after 2011 tsunami.
July 19th, 2013
Researchers poring over old videos of seabirds in Oregon discovered footage of a Japanese dock that split from its moorings during the 2011 tsunami and washed up in the United States more than a year later.
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Breaking the Ice: Earthquakes Trigger Antarctic 'Icequakes'
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April 22nd, 2013
When the world shakes, so does Antarctica's ice.
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Japan's Snowy Winter Dazzles from Space (Photo)
snowy japan coastline
May 20th, 2014
Record snowfalls in Japan outline the multiuse landscape of the country's second-largest island, Hokkaido. The cultivated greenbelts that helped protect against the 2011 tsunami are visible along the coast.
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Japan Earthquake: Shocks Linger Three Years Later
An aerial view of damage to Sukuiso, Japan, a week after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the area in March, 2011.
March 11th, 2014
Millions of Japanese marked the third anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on Tuesday.
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Fishing Float Rides 2 Tsunamis ... and Survives
haida gwaii tsunami debris
May 3rd, 2013
Debris from the Japan tsunami was hurled ashore in 2012 after an unusual earthquake.
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