Daily Archives: March 11, 2011

When Plates Collide: Earthquakes of Japan

Why is this area so prone to such frequent earthquakes? It’s what amounts to the Perfect Storm of tectonics. Five of Earth’s massive plates meet in this area and grind upon one another.

Why So Much Tsunami Damage From This Particular Quake?

[Geology expert and ImpactWeather StormWatch Manager Fred Schmude guest posts about the terrible events in Japan today.] Last night’s massive earthquake occurred near the northeast coast of Honshu Island in Japan at 0546Z (11:46pm CST) on Friday March 11, 2011. The epicenter of the quake was located at 38.32N and 142.37E or about 81 miles […]