Natural Disasters

How did the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake Change Earth’s Rotation?

The devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake in northeastern Japan was a record-breaker on many levels. The magnitude-9.0 quake was Japan’s largest recorded and the world’s fourth biggest earthquake since 1900. Most terribly, it unleashed a 39-metre high tsunami, killing almost 16,000 people and causing a nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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21 Oct 2016

In the afternoon of 21 October 2016, a moderate earthquake (Mw 6.2) struck the city of Kurayoshi, located on the northern coast of weste

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24 Aug 2016
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16 Apr 2016

On 14 April 2016, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that a magnitude-6.2 earthquake occurred north of Kumamoto, Japan.

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14 Apr 2016

On 13 April 2016, a magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck northwest Myanmar.

Reducing Natural Disaster Risk Across Asia

Asia and the Pacific are most at risk from natural disasters, according to a report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. More than 90 million people worldwide were affected by natural disasters in 2015. Asia is the world’s most disaster-prone continent, with 152 out of the 346 reported disasters worldwide. This isn’t surprising, given that it is both geologically active and the most populous region on Earth. In the last few decades, earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons were among the deadliest natural hazards in the world. In 2015, earthquakes topped the list; the magnitude-7.8 Nepal earthquake in April claimed more than 8,000 lives, causing widespread damage in Gorkha and its surrounding areas. Earlier this year, the earthquake in Taiwan saw more than a hundred casualties, almost all from a shoddily constructed apartment building that collapsed in the quake.

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03 Mar 2016

On the evening of March 2, 2016, a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the quake was approximately 800km from Padang, West Sumatra.

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07 Feb 2016

In the early morning of Febuary 6, 2016, a moderate earthquake struck Tainan, southern Taiwan, right before the Chinese New Year holidays.

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05 Jan 2016

In the early morning hours of 4th January 2016, a moderate Mw 6.7 earthquake struck the mountainous state of Manipur in northeastern India, close to the Indo-Myanmar border.

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