JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE 2011

KOBE, JAPAN : MARCH 11, 2011 (IZZY,SARAH,REGINA & VERONICA)

On the scene of the earthquake

Kobe, Japan: May 11, 2011

The grounds began to shake, ceilings caved in, buildings collapsed, leaving the Japanese nation in terror. At exactly 2:46 PM, the epicenter started the quake. The mighty waves barreled towards Japan, striking a 9.0 magnitude at 5:45 PM. The disaster began on the east coast of Honshu later traveling midland towards Kobe and Tokyo. 15,703 people were killed, 5,114 were left injured, and 130,256 went missing. Not only did the people suffer, but as did the surroundings. 332,395 buildings, 2,126 roads, 56 bridges, and 26 railroads were destroyed.

AREAS AFFECTED

FOOD & WATER

1.5 million people were without running or drinking water. Some 99 products including milk and vegetables, had been found to be contaminated with radiation. Many supermarket shelves were empty, so people had to share their foods like noodles, rice balls and rice crackers.

ENERGY

2 million people were without electricity, and radiation levels were 10 million times higher than normal. More than 4 million buildings were without power from the powerful shakes.

ABIOTIC FACTORS

Things such as cars, buildings and offices were destroyed from tectonic waves as well as numerous aftershocks. Not only was transportation, homes, and jobs diminished, but the available water was contaminated by radiation as well.

BIOTIC FACTORS

In the effect of the earthquake, numerous trees, animals, humans and even ecosystems were destroyed by the tectonic movement. (in the paragraph above... death tolls are listed)

HUMANS

15,500 people lost their lives, 40,000 were injured, 10,000 went missing while the rest of the 180,000 lost their homes. Humans in the area took just about two years to get up to an 80% production rate...still not fully recovered.





GRAPHICS & MAPS OF THE DAMAGES

PRIOR DISASTER

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE, 1995

The 1995 earthquake in Japan had much of the affect on it's nation as the more recent one. The magnitude was smaller by about 2 counts (6.8) and the death toll was cut to around 6,434. Both, on the other hand, created a damaging effect that would take years to recover from economically, socially and physically.

LONG TERM AFFECTS

Due to the earthquake, people have lost homes thus go homeless. Crops and livestock may be destroyed so people will lose their way of making money. Most cities in Japan might not be so well economically developed as others, so the earthquake in rural ares may lessen income to those places. Also, if the earthquake results in deaths, of which the bodies are left out for a long time, diseases may become deathly common. Roads, buildings, electricity, water supply may all be damaged - which may not be able to be repaired easily. However, the main long term effect would probably be the cost of emergency services, emergency accommodation for those who have lost homes, and repairs to infrastructure.
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