Japan seabed shifted 24 metres after March 11 earthquake

April 7th, 2011 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Apr 7(ANI): Last month’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Japan’s northeast has shifted the seabed near the epicentre by 24 metres.

The crustal movement on the seabed, measured around 130 kilometers off the Oshika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture, was more than four times the movement of the peninsula itself — east-southeast by 5.3 meters — which was measured by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, Kyodo news agency reports.

The March 11 earthquake, the largest in Japan’s recorded history, also elevated the seabed off the coast of Miyagi prefecture by three metres.

The earthquake and subsequent 10-metre tsunami left nearly 28,000 dead or missing in the northeast, and triggered the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years at the Fukushima power plant. (ANI)

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