Fukushima Earthquake Moved Seafloor Half a Football Field

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Photograph courtesy © by Mark Edward Harris


The March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake that decimated Japan and its Fukushima nuclear reactors with a monster tsunami, altered the seafloor off the country’s eastern coast much more than scientists had thought.

New analysis released in the Dec. 2 issue of the journal Science indicates massive shifts in the ocean crust occurred. The ocean bed moved as much as 50 meters laterally and 16 meters vertically, and the energy from the uplifted sea floor triggered the immense tsunami waves that struck the coast of Japan…

Read Full Article, Scientific American

The 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake: Displacement Reaching the Trench Axis, Science

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