Honshu Japan Earthquake Mackenzie O'Brien

On March 11, 2011 a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Honshu Japan. Honshu Japan is at an elevation of 12,333’ above sea level. This earthquake also generated a deadly tsunami striking the Pacific. This was the fourth largest earthquake in recorded history within Japan.

Event, Location, and Date: A magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the east coast of Honshu Japan on March 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm. The fault was at a depth of 29 km.

A map of the recent earthquakes by Japan.

This is the map of tectonic settings.

This 9.1 magnitude earthquake occurred 250 miles off the North East Coast of Japan's main island Honshu. The earthquake occurred on the pacific plate boundary which is a subduction zone. It is known as a destructive plate margin. The subduction process is not smooth and leads to frequent earthquakes.


This earthquake and tsunami caused nearly 230,000 deaths and $10 billion in damage. Honshu is the largets and most populated island of Japan.

Japan is dependent on its forests for forestry and its rich rice paddy ecosystem.

Rice paddy field

Japan has 4 seasons however temperatures usually will not drop below 32 degrees.

Honshu's population is mostly concentrated in the coastal lowlands where the most damage occurred. Economics are largely based off fishing and agriculture.

Most of Japan's tea and silk is from Honshu. Fruits, vegetables, grains, rice and cotton are grown in Honshu.


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