Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: International Events

International Events

  • 2011 Tahoku earthquake and tsunami

  • officially named the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • Friday, 11 March 2011

  • magnitude 9.0 MW

  • epicenter approximately 70 kilometres east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tahoku

  • hypocenter at an underwater depth of approximately 32 km

  • most powerful known earthquake to have hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world overall since modern record-keeping began in 1900.

  • The overall cost could exceed $300 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster on record

  • confirmed 14, 981 deaths, 5, 279 injured, and 9, 880 people missing

  • Tahoku region: Occupies the northeastern portion of Honshu, the largest island of Japan.

  • Japan is an archipelag-of 6, 852 islands.

  • The four largest islands are Honsha, Hokkaida, Kyasha and Shikoku, together accounting for ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area.

  • Order from north to south to Hokkaida-Honsha-Kyasha-Shikoku

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India