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and Tsunamis
Oh My!
Plate Tectonics
• What do you know about plate tectonics?
• Plates that are moving under the earth’s
How do earthquakes and tsunamis fit
into the idea of plate tectonics?
• Along the fault lines when the plates move
that movement can cause earthquakes and
volcanic eruptions
How are earthquakes and tsunamis
• Tsunami’s are
caused by
How could the people in Japan
adapted to these disasters?
• In 1923, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 hit Japan, killing over
100,000 people and leveling cities. Japan has learn a lot since then. It’s
building codes are some of the best in the world, and that’s why — while
hundreds have died — the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan didn’t
cause more of a catastrophe in its cities.
• In fact the major news out of Tokyo is that millions are stranded from their
homes and without power, unlike what we saw last year when a huge
earthquake hit Haiti. The reason it’s not worse is that Japan — one of the
most earthquake prone regions in the world — takes necessary
precautions to make sure major disasters don’t lead to greater
catastrophe. As Time reports, Japan puts the necessary time and money
into infrastructure so it can handle major natural disasters like the one
• Building in action