Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: International Events

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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

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