Japan has learned from the devastating Tohoku earthquake that struck and generated a massive tsunami in 2011. WE MUST BE PREPARED! The 9.0 magnitude earthquake was the largest ever to be recorded in Japan and the tsunami it generated killed more than 16,000 people. This also caused nuclear reactors to malfunction and leak radioactive material. It was a national emergency and brought world-wide attention.
Now Japanese officials are trying to educate their citizens and prepare them in the event another earthquake and tsunami occurs. The video above is an earthquake preparedness video put together by the town of Kamakura near Tokyo. They use CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) to simulate just how horrific this event can be. Looks strikingly similar to the one that was caused by the Tohoku earthquake doesn’t it?
Kamakura officials estimate that an earthquake as powerful as magnitude 8.5 can be generated in the area with a tsunami as high as 42 feet (12.9 meters). That’s pretty horrific. Just imagine, that’s 4 STORIES high! And if you don’t have access to somewhere that is on higher ground, you’re toast.
They also have a series of earthquake preparation videos which refer back to the 2011 earthquake.
Japan has had it’s fair share of earthquakes as it sits on a very active fault. Here, in North America we face a similar threat on the west coast with both the famous San Andreas Fault along the coast of California and the lesser-know but deadlier Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest. Plates are slowly building pressure as they rub against each other and when released, a massive earthquake with immense power will be released.
Back in 1700, the Cascadia earthquake was an enormous magnitude 8.7 – 9.2 that generated a tsunami that was felt as far as Japan and devastated the Pacific Northwest. It’s expected that “The Big One” is supposed to strike again sometime but no one knows exactly when.
This brings me to the point that I’ve been trying to emphasize throughout the site. We MUST be prepared!
Knowledge is power and know what to do during an earthquake or tsunami can save your life.
Please take the time to read the following articles if you haven’t already on earthquake preparedness and tsunami preparedness and please pass the information around. The more people we educate, the more people we are potentially keeping safe.