The earthquake increased the area of the Japanese Noto Peninsula (6 photos + 3 videos)

12 January 2024

The area of Japan has increased by 4.4 square kilometers.

The area of the Noto Peninsula on the main Japanese island of Honshu has increased by 4.4 square kilometers after a series of tremors. TASS writes about this with reference to Japanese scientists.

The research was carried out by the Japan Geographical Society and the Institute of Seismology at the University of Tokyo, whose employees confirmed the rise of the seabed using measurements and satellite images. Thus, in some areas of Noto the coastline has advanced northward by up to 250 meters.

Consequences of the earthquake

Local residents said that the rise of the bottom occurred almost instantly and simultaneously with the earthquake. It is noted that in some places this led to the formation of natural breakwaters, which reduced the destructive effect of the tsunami with a height of 3 to 5 meters, which provoked the earthquake.

A series of earthquakes hit central Japan on January 1. The magnitude of the most powerful earthquake was 7.6. According to the latest data, 202 people died as a result of the earthquake, and more than a hundred more residents of the affected region are not in touch. About 2,300 people are cut off from the outside world - areas devastated by the disaster remain without electricity and water supplies, more than 29 thousand local residents have been evacuated.

In mountainous areas immediately after the earthquake, landslides occurred, and fires broke out in some settlements. It is noted that this is the most destructive earthquake since 1885 for this part of Japan.

Footage of a powerful landslide that hit the road immediately after the earthquake

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