SummaryNew York Times Sendai Earthquake Graphic

At 12:46 AM Eastern Standard Time on March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake occurred off the eastern coast of Japan.  The quake epicenter was approximately 80 mi east of the city of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, Japan at an estimated depth of 32 km.  The quake region lies along a subduction zone where the Pacific plate is descending beneath the North American plate.  The quake resulted in a tsunami that heavily damaged Sendai directly and prompted tsunami warnings along the entire east coast of Japan and throughout the Pacific Rim. (image from the New York Times)



Press release, February 7th, 2013: New report in Science illuminates stress change during the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake from seafloor boreholes.


Public Resources about the Sendai Earthquake and its Effects

Media Links - GeoPRISMS-MARGINS Scientists Talk About Earthquakes

GeoPRISMS-MARGINS Resources Relating to Seismogenic Zones

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