In 2011, an earthquake occurred off the West coast of Japan. As a More Economically Developed Country, Japan was better prepared for the disaster. But could any degree of preparation have prevented the wide devastation caused by the subsequent tsunami?
- On March 11th 2011, a magnitude nine earthquake occurred kilometres off the east coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami.
- Japan (an MEDC) has adapted infrastructure to cope with an earthquake's primary effects – with quake resistant buildings and well-resourced emergency services.
- The secondary effects of the earthquake were severe, as the tsunami destroyed entire towns and caused a nuclear crisis.
- The short-term response utilised evacuation procedures, and in the weeks that followed resources were available for the areas worst affected.
March 11th 2011
An earthquake east of Japan in March 2011 was one of the most powerful in recorded history.
The magnitude 9 quake caused a range of devastating effects, and a huge number of lives, homes and businesses were lost.
Yet as an MEDC, or more economically developed country, Japan was ...
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