The Tohoku Tsunami Facts



The Earthquake was only the beginning, it unleashed a major tsunami that hit the pacific coastline of Japan's northern islands, bringing astonishing destruction of the likes it hadn't been seen in Asia for a long time. The tsunami propagated across the Pacific, and warnings were issued and evacuations carried out. In many countries bordering the Pacific, including in North and South America.

Once the Tohoku tsunami reached japanese shores entire towns, neighborhoods were wiped away. The destruction was massive. The tsunami, even though evacuation warnings had been issued people were still impacted by the major earthquake.

The tsunami warning issued by the authorities was the most serious on its warning scale. The earthquake took place at 14:46 from the nearest point on Japan's coastline, and initial estimates indicated that the tsunami would have taken 10 to 30 minutes to reach the areas first affected, and then areas farther from the north and south based on the geography. Just over an hour after the earthquake a tsunami was observed flooding Sendai, which was located near the coast of the Miyagi Prefecture, with waves sweeping away cars and planes and flooding various buildings as they traveled inland. Satellite images of the devastation are shocking of the amount of destruction the tsunami had on the japanese coast. the damage by surging water, though much more localized, was far more deadly and destructive than the actual quake. There were reports of entire towns destroyed from tsunami-hit areas in Japan, including 9,500 missing in Minamisanriku; one thousand bodies had been recovered in the town by 14 March 2011.

Although the initial reports and alarms made all over the pacific the damage in other parts was light compared to the massive destruction suffered in Japan by the Tohoku tsunami

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