Tohoku Japan Tsunami 2011

Information on the tsunami in tohoku 2011

How Tsunamis form

Tusnamis are caused by earthquakes. Two tectonic plates rub up against each other and then when one gives up and the other goes on top and sends a huge burst of water up causing a huge wave creating a tsunami.

Facts about Tsunamis

Tsunamis can grow up to 100ft or 30.5m and reach speeds of up to 600 miles per hour or 966 km per hour. Sesmic waves can reach speeds of 100 miles or 161km per hour. The moon could also affect these waves.

Tsunami in Tohoku Japan 2011 info

The tsunami in Tokohu Japan in 2011 was a huge wave killing 15,883 people, 6,143 injured, 2,681 missing and 129,225 building totally collapsed. In addition, 4.4 million households were left without electricity and 1.5 million without water.


This tsunami registered 9.0 magnitude and lasted approximately six minutes.


The tsunami also caused nuclear accidents and at least three nuclear reactors suffered explosions due to hydrogen gas that was built up after cooling system failure.


Financial losses were estimated to be between $14-34 billion.


Japan experienced over 1,000 aftershocks after the earthquake. As of March 2012, aftershocks continued totalling 1,887.


Tsunami warnings were issued across the world, including Russia, the United States and even the west coast of Canada. It even broke icebergs in Antarctica.