Natural disasters

Earthquakes

Large earthquakes lead to massive disasters, destroying buildings and utility lifelines, causing landslides, fires, tsunamis, ground cracks, soil liquefaction and so on. They also bring about tremendous damage to human life and property.
Earthquakes are generated by the shifting of faults and plates. The mechanism of the generation is as follows:

  1. When an oceanic plate and a continental plate collide, the continental plate pushes into and subducts under the oceanic plate.
  2. The subduction of the continental plate under the oceanic plate progresses gradually as time passes, and the strain accumulates.
  3. When the accumulated strain reaches its limit, the continental plate suddenly lifts up to return to its original state, generating the earthquake.

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Disaster information from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan

List of multilingual medical institutions Sendai International Relations Association

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