Tsunami in Japan

By: Isabella;)

In Japan on March 11, 2011 the fourth largest earthquake occured. This earthquake caused an enormous Tsunami in Honshy, Japan with waves about 20ft high. A Tsunami is a long high sea wave caused by disturbance such as a submarine landslide or earthquake. Tsunamis can be very dangerous and this one killed 16 000 people.

How is Canada involved?

Hours after the Tsunami Canada rushed over to Japan to help. Canada among other countries helps Japan constantly after the Tsunami. One of the ways Canada helps Japan is the Canadian Red Cross. Canadian Red Cross is an orginization that donates money to the cause. The Canadian Red Cross has already donated 48 000 000 to the crisis.

Why does Canada help?

Canada helps for many reasons. One of the reasons is that Japan needed help and Canada had available help providers so Canada went. Another reason is that since Canada helped Japan, if Canada was ever struck by a natural disaster, Japan would probably come to help.

What triggered the Tsunami?

The Tsunami occured because the Pacific ocean plate pressed down under the plate carrying the Japanese islands. This caused subduction. Subduction created a tension that was suddenly released, and caused an earthquake which later on caused a Tsuanmi.

What might Canada do if this happens again?

If something like this happens to Japan again, Canada will surely rush to their rescue. Canada has many doctors that are always ready to help anyone who needs medical treatment.


Subduction: The sideways and downward movement of the edge of a plate of the earth's crust into the mantle beneath another plate.

Earthquake: A sudden and violent shaking of the ground, sometimes causing a great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth's crust or volcanic action.

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