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Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake at its 5th Anniversary

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It has been 5 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0 happened. This disaster spurred studies done across subjects ranging from geological research pertaining to the earthquake and tsunami to the effects the nuclear accident has had on the environment and domestic policies. Scientists and medical practitioners played important roles by making advancements in their respective fields after this event.

Join us as the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake approaches on 11th March 2016. We have made a selection of 123 related articles available for free public release until April 30th 2016 through the Wiley Online Library.

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Here are 5 facts about the Great East Japan Earthquake

  1. The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred at 14:46 on Friday 11 March 2011.
  2. The earthquake magnitude recorded at a historical high of 9.0.
  3. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves which destroyed many towns along the Pacific coast of North-eastern Japan. As of January 2016, 18,457 people have been killed or reported missing after the disaster.
  4. This is the worst natural disaster in post-War Japan, claiming more victims than the Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake in 1995,
  5. Hit by tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant along the coast lost all electrical power supply, resulting in meltdowns of nuclear reactors.

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