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Geography
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Geography 2152F/G
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Semester
Fall

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GEOG 2152G Geography of Hazards Video: Japan Tsunami Japan’s Killer Quake - NOVA 1. With respect to plate tectonic processes, describe the specific cause of the earthquake that caused the Japan tsunami. - Seismic S-waves hit the town of Sendai  waves that make earthquakes damaging - Magnitude starting at 7, and increasing - Source is 62 miles from the coast of Japan - Slow motion collision of tectonic plates - Japan  pacific plate rams into Eurasian plate - Japan is on Eurasian plate; pacific plate drives underneath it - Pressure of plates build until they snap which causes the earthquake - Upward motion of plates snapping back causes immense waves to race across ocean causing the tsunami 2. How did the geography of the land around Sendai enhance the destruction in that region? - Cliffs, bays, and inlets a
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