Tag Archives: tsunami

Where tsunamis and nuclear power could meet

Out of all the devastation wrought by the Tohuku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the escalating disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant has ended up having the biggest global impact. A catastrophic loss of cooling led to meltdowns, explosions … Continue reading

Categories: geohazards, society

The humbling legacy of the Tohoku earthquake

A year ago on Sunday, one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded ruptured the subduction megathrust that dips beneath the east coast of Japan. The rupture displaced the seafloor by tens of metres and generated tsunami waves up to 20 … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, tectonics

The slowly building threat of Cascadia – and the slow realisation it was there (book review)

If you asked the average person on the street which part of the USA was most threatened by earthquakes, most of them would probably say California. The San Andreas Fault is so embedded into the popular consciousness that it is … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, reviews

Sendai/Tohoku earthquake round-up

It’s hardly surprising that my browsing this week has been focussed largely on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (which is now officially being referred to as the Tohuku earthquake, rather than the Sendai earthquake; I’d complain … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, links

Reverberations of the Honshu tsunami

On Friday 11 March 2011, when the fault ruptured off of the Japanese coast in a M9.0 earthquake, it caused a sudden vertical movement of the seafloor, displacing the water above it and transferring energy to the ocean. As the … Continue reading

Categories: basics, by Anne, geohazards, tectonics