Facts about Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011

The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami took place on March 11, 2011 at around 2.46 p.m. The earthquake was reported to be of 9.05 Mw with a 30-foot tsunami. It happened in a 231 miles area in the Northeast of Tokyo. Also, the earthquake happened at a 15.2 miles below the earth surface. The earthquake and tsunami incidence was associated with a couple of facts including the following:

1) Fourth Ever Largest Earthquake

Facts about Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 was ranked as the fourth ever largest earthquake and tsunami incidence that has ever taken place in the world. The incidence surpassed the Southern Chile (9.5 Mw), Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA (9.2 Mw), and the Northern Sumatra, in the West Coast of Indonesia (9.1 Mw) earthquake and tsunami incidences.

2) More Energy than Hiroshima Bombs

Facts about Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011According to a research by Kyoto University, Japan, the 2011 Japan Earthquake was the worst ever tragedy to happen in the country after the World War II. The earthquake produced a lot of energy which was equivalent to 8,000 Hiroshima atom Bombs which were used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the 1945 World War II. The incidence even surpassed the World War II by producing high amount of energy. Eventually, the energy caused a tsunami of 30-foot which swept away almost everything that was on the earth surface.

3) It Claimed over 230,000 Lives

The Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011 was ranked fifth among such incidences which has claimed the lives of the highest number of people across the world. This falls behind China, Shansi (830,000), China Tangshan (655,000), Indonesia, Sumatra (250,000), and Syria, Aleppo (231,000). Also, the incidence led to the loss of property worth millions of dollars.

4) Worst Ever Incidence in Japan

Other earthquakes and/or tsunami incidences have previously hit Japan in different areas. These areas include: Genroku, Hoei, Great Yaeyama, and Unzen. However, the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 was ranked as the worst ever in the Japanese recorded with its 9.1 Mw and 30-foot strength being ranked the highest.

5) Resulted to 30ft-Tsunami with Waves

Facts about Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011According to the Meteorological Agency, the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 resulted to waves of up to 30 ft. These waves led to collapsing of buildings and other structures. It also swept away large objects such as cars and other structures placed on the earth surface. In Sendai, Japan, over 100 evacuation sites that were designated to save people from the earthquake hit region of Tokyo were eventually destroyed by the tsunami waves.

6) Aftershocks and Earth Impact Cases

In the next couple of years after the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, Japan experienced over 5,000 earthquake aftershocks and earth impacts in different regions across the country. These included Honshu coast region in the northern part of the country as well as the Honshu islands.


Being the worst ever incidence to take place in Japan after other such cases and the World War II, the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 caused huge losses to the country. Over $300 billion property and resources were destroyed by the incidence in Tokyo among other places in Japan. The recovery process took (and still taking) a lot of time and resources.