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Effects of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami

Friday , March 11, 2011, will go down in history as the day when a destructive 9-magnitude earthquake shook the shores of Japan and fueled a dangerous tsunami that threatened 20 coastal countries with waves of more than ten meters high. height.

The devastating consequences alerted the entire world population, waves of more than ten meters high hit the Japanese coasts causing still incalculable damage and loss of thousands of human lives. The tsunami wiped out everything in its path, from houses, cars, street lamps, boats, to entire buildings. Economic losses have been deep across northern Japan. Next, in AgroCorrn, we will tell you all about the effects of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami .

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The worst tsunami in recent years

It has been the worst earthquake to hit the Japanese nation in the last 140 years . Two days earlier, this earthquake had been preceded by another major movement, but of a lesser magnitude that was a warning of what could happen. Several Asian countries on the Pacific coasts such as the Philippines, Taiwan and Guam, were the first to receive the first waves of the tsunami. While in Indonesia, the strong earthquake caused the Karangetang volcano to erupt .

The magnitude of the tsunami was such that some Latin American nations remained on alert, such as Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica were slightly affected, without suffering great damage. While in the United States there was one death and some material losses off the coast of Oregon.

Damage at all levels

Due to the earthquake, more than 1.5 million households lost access to drinking water supplies . Land phone lines were interrupted for several hours. The Nikkei index of Japan showed a fall of close to 5% in the next market opening.

Oil prices also fell as a result of the Japanese earthquake. The Japanese transport network suffered innumerable damages , currently many roads remain closed.

Nuclear disaster

But worst of all has been the threat of nuclear disaster. A state of emergency was declared at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant of the Tokyo Electric Power company due to the failure of the cooling systems of one of the reactors, this caused uncontrolled radioactive leaks, which can cause long-term health damage. term.

The authorities began to distribute iodine within a 30 kilometer radius of the plant, it is an effective chemical against thyroid cancer derived from dangerous radiation.

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