Geography Presentation

Hello Residents of 6 West.  I hope all of you had a great week 10!  This past week a couple residents and I went to a geography presentation this past week.  This session was lectured by Dr. Todd Stradford and it was regarding Japan’s hurricanes; especially the hurricane of March 11, 2011.  Below is a little summery from of the lecture in case you weren’t able to make it.

First Dr. Stradford talked about the reason why Japan has so many hurricanes.  The reason why is because Japan sits right in line with four tectonic plates.  Which, on average, can move up to nine cm per year.  Since there is so much movement, this creates many earthquakes.  When you add water and earthquakes, it results in powerful hurricanes.  These powerful hurricanes cause catastrophic damage to Japan.  For example 5,000 people died in September 1959 due to a powerful hurricane.  Dr. Stradford showed an image of a huge rock/hillside which showed how far up the rock/hill the water was.  The water level was around 15 m high.  The main hurricane that Dr. Stradford talked about happened on March 11, 2011.  It started with an earthquake so powerful that it reached a 9.1 magnitude on the Richter scale.  Out at sea the waves were only 1 to 3 meters, so some people were not worried about it.  Especially because they had 3 walls that were built at 10 meters high to protect against hurricanes.  The waves became so high that they were way over the three walls and one of them was completely destroyed.  Compared to the hurricane of 1959 that was 15 m up on the rock/hillside; the 2011 hurricane was over the rock/hillside completely.  But there were significantly less casualties.

If you are interested there is still one more lecture in December.  I plan on taking as many people that wants to come.  If you are interested please let me know!

  • Austin
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