2011 Tsunami in Japan

Ammie Lister && Odette LIra

Tsunami Event Description

On the date of March 2011 at 2:46 p.m. (local time) a magnitude-9 earthquake shook North Eastern Japan, unleashing a ferocious Tsunami . Less than an hour after the earthquake, the first of many tsunami waves hit Japan's coastline. The tsunami waves reached run-up heights of up to 128 feet at Miyako city and traveled inland as far as 6 miles in Sendai. The tsunami flooded an estimated area of approximately 217 square miles in Japan. The tsunami lasted for about 6 minutes.

Ecological Impact

About 300 tons of radioactive water continues to leak from the plant every day into the Pacific Ocean, affecting fish and other marine life. It doesn't just affect the marine life but it also affects the humans, because some of the water is Toxic. In the city of Rikuzentakata, the tsunami reached heights of 15 metres and destroyed a 200 metre-wide forest before heading inland and laying waste to large sections of the city. Only one tree ( later named the "tree of hope" ) stood firm.

Restoration Effects

Rebuilding the city, the worst affected of all communities, will take at least 10 years and cost more than 1 trillion yen (8 billion in U.S. dollars). That process will begin with repairs to the shattered port, sea walls, roads and bridges and other structures. A lot of money has been saved for new public housing. Other money was used to relocate the 15,000 residents that were still in temporary housing.
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