An earthquake struck off the coast of Japan in 2011. It was one of the largest ever, a magnitude 9. Yet, most seismologists believed it could never happen.
The earthquake itself did little damage considering its size. Nearby cities had been preparing for large quakes for decades. And they thought they were prepared for what came next.
The Tohoku earthquake triggered a cascade of events that led to the worst disaster in recent history. The earthquake triggered a tsunami, which breached the levees protecting the nearby nuclear plant, and things quickly spiraled from there. 98% of the total damage is attributed to the tsunami!
For natural disasters, it’s not a question of if, but when. Yet, we live with naturally occurring events every day. Californians, for instance, haven’t gone more than 12 hours without experiencing an earthquake — and that might actually be on the high side. Continue Reading…