quake in Japan shifted the country39s coastline by 250 meters

quake in Japan shifted the country's coastline by 250 meters Olhar Digital

The magnitude 7.6 earthquake that struck Japan on January 1, 2024 caused changes on the Noto Peninsula. Satellite images show that the quake shifted the Japanese coast by 250 meters.

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Earthquakes shifted the coastline and created new “beaches.”

Images shared on X (formerly Twitter) show the differences in coastal areas, with new beaches simply appearing. The photos also show that some harbors were completely dry and inaccessible to boats.

During a field survey along the northwest coast of the Noto Peninsula, we found evidence of coseismic coastal uplift associated with the Noto Peninsula earthquake (M7.6) at ten locations, from Kaiso to Akasaki. The estimated coseismic coastal elevation pattern appears to decrease southward from Kaiso to Akasaki.

University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute

The area near Akasaki Port was also hit by a nearly 14meterhigh tsunami, revealing water stains on the walls of buildings.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Advanced Land Observing Satellite2 (ALOS2) also identified coastal uplift caused by the earthquake. The information comes from Space.com.

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The earthquake that struck Japan's Noto Peninsula on Monday was so strong that the coastline has shifted up to 250 meters offshore due to significant land uplift. pic.twitter.com/XpxBMLRTUU

— Nahel Belgherze (@WxNB_) January 4, 2024

The country is still trying to recover from the damage caused

  • According to the Japanese government's latest report, more than 200 people died as a result of the earthquake.
  • More than a week after the earthquake, around 2,000 people remain isolated due to the destroyed roads.
  • The earthquake struck the country's west coast on January 1, triggering a tsunami warning that was in effect for about 24 hours.
  • More than 300 people remain missing and rescue work continues.
  • More than a thousand soldiers and firefighters from different parts of the country have been deployed in recent days to support relief efforts.
  • In addition, Japanese government teams are trying to restore infrastructure destroyed by the earthquake.
  • At least 18,000 households in the Ishikawa region were still without power and more than 66,100 without water.