Tōhoku Earthquake and tsunami of 2011 Nesmah Zahran

The well known catastrophe of 2011, Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, was taken place about 231 miles northeast of Tokyo at 2:46 pm on March 11, 2011.It was a 9.1 magnitude earthquake with a follow up of a large tsunami that destroyed anything in its way.

The earthquake and tsunami affected several areas that were largely populated such as the cities of Soma and Tama, Japan. Although many people were hurt who lived near the coast, people that lived inland of the country still felt the earthquake because it was able to be felt 2 million square miles into the country.

This picture shows how bad the tsunami was after the earthquake. At this time, people had a lot to go through as well as the land to recover until the ecosystem reached its climax community.

of course with any devastating event comes destruction. People were killed and buildings were toppled and wept away into pieces. Also physical and environmental effects/damages took place in some areas like how the infrastruction was weekend by the sudden earthquake and then wept away by the tsunami. Enviromental impacts were as bad as well from displacement of materials and debris to the blow-ups and damage of 6 nuclear powerplants in the area!

The blow up of the nuclear powerplants in Japan

During the quake, parts of land began to crack, split, and eroded. Once the tsunami took place, it helped deposit sediments all over the ground to new areas it has destroyed. The quake for sure also helped speed up the process of weathering to some areas where it got hit by either one catastrophe.

This picture shows how people began helping themselves and the enviroment. They found ways to flood out all the water and move several objects to start fixing roads and needed areas.

After all the destruction, it seems like the ecosystem may take a couple or several years to recover. For humans, it may take them a few months or a year to re-live somewhat of the same lifestyle. In all, it will be a faster recovery since it is secondary succession to the ecosystem.

Most likely, it is known that this event was occured because of it is geological in nature since Japan is geographically located on the eastern edge of the Eurasian Plate. And the tsunami was caused by the earthquake from its great size and magnitude.

This picture shows how plants and grasses began to grow and people are beginning to re-build buildings. In the back you can see how trees have grown after a couple of years and places begin to look like they used to.

It does not seem that the residents in the area were prepared, as in staying in their homes or away from the coast, or knew that the earthquake and tsunami was coming. In a broad view of any sudden events, they are prepared in a way because they do review their safety drills and escape plans in school, work, or at home a few times a month since they know they live in a catastrophic-prone country.

In conclusion, the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami was very destructive and hurt several organisms from humans to animals. I chose this event for my project because i find Japan specifically more interesting that other countries because of such crazy, ginormous, and large events that can destroy the whole country itself. Luckily, the people evolved and grew their minds into finding new ways to protect themselves against any types of damage. If we can do this today, can you imagine what we can do in the years that await us?

In this picture you can see how trees and grasses are fully green and grown today. Bridges are fully built as well as buildings. Everything is neat and finally organisms like ones that live in the water can live safely with no contaminated water and random objects floating near them.

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