Before we start our case study, have a look at the the earthquakes that have occurred in the last 7 days. It’s more than you think.

Case Study: What you should include.

This is a special report from the BBC that has information on all aspects of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. You could complete the entire case study from this site alone.

As you work through the Case Study you should complete the document below.

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When and Where:

  • When was the earthquake?

  • Describe the location of the earthquakes epicenter and the area affected.

  • Was there more than one earthquake?

Why? The Plate Boundary and the cause of the earthquake.


How Shifting Plates Caused the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

What is a Tsunami and what causes them?
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How Strong, How powerful?

How do we measure earthquakes and how powerful was the Sendai earthquake? How does this compare to other earthquakes?


Warning and Preparation:

Was there any warning, how prepared are Japan for Earthquakes and Tsunami?

Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives

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The Short Term Impact; the Earthquake:
What happened when the earthquake struck? Describe the damage caused and the impact on the lives of the people involved.

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The Short Term Impact; the Tsunami:
How long after the earthquake did the Tsunami Strike? Was there any warning? What did people do?
What was the immediate impact of the Tsunami?


Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami

Move the slider to compare satellite images, taken by GeoEye/EyeQ, from before and after the disaster.

A Closer Look at the Damage From the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Zoom in on the images below and examine scenes of the destruction in Japan.

The Rescue Effort:
What was done to help the victims and was there any help form outside the country?
The Medium Term Impact:
How did the earthquake and tsunami affect people lives in the weeks after the earthquake?

Japan earthquake: Dealing with mountains of debris

The Long Term Impact:
The impact of the earthquake was being felt months, even years after the event took place. What impact has the disaster had on life in Japan and also around the world.

The Fukushima children who have to play indoors – in pictures

11 March marks the third anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The nearby city of Koriyama recommended, shortly after the disaster, that children up to the age of two should not spend more than 15 minutes outside each day.

Toyota profit slides on Japan earthquake disruption

Toyota is expected to lose its spot as the world’s top-selling carmaker to General Motors this year because of the disruption to its output

Toyots dealership after earthquake and tsunami
Toyots dealership after earthquake and tsunami

Toyotas dealership after earthquake and tsunami. Profits have been hit hard by the disaster. Photograph: Carlos Barria/REUTERS

Toyota‘s quarterly profit crumbled more than 75% after the March earthquake and tsunami wiped out parts suppliers in northeastern Japan, severely disrupting car production.

Six months on: Japan tsunami survivor’s story

Eight months on.

Japan disaster one year on

Fukushima ‘changed the game’ for nuclear

Since the Fukushima nuclear plant failure in Japan the nuclear industry has been under enormous pressure.
Germany and Italy have renounced the nuclear option while Japan’s leaders talk of a revolutionary shift away from nuclear power.

Fukushima accident: disaster response failed – report

Japan quake: Fukushima evacuee family

Recovery money, misspent

The impact of the disaster in numbers

Food for thought: If you were the leader of the country in which this disaster took place, what would you do in order to reduce the impact should a similar disaster occur in the future? What problems might you face?