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The Science Behind the Japanese Earthquake

Here are some links that help explain the science behind this morning's magnitude 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan and resulting tsunami:A summary from the USGS Earthquake Hazards ProgramMountain Beltway explains the geology of the quakeThe USGS has a collection of links about earthquakes in J...





Here are some links that help explain the science behind this morning's magnitude 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan and resulting tsunami:



A summary from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program



Mountain Beltway explains the geology of the quake



The USGS has a collection of links about earthquakes in Japan



Scientific American has a nice guide to earthquakes and explanation of what causes a tsunami



Discovery News has video of the tsunami in Japan



The Pacific Tsunami Warning System listed warnings around the Pacific (and has good information about tsunamis and the warning system)



And here's last month's post on the factors that contribute to the destructiveness of an earthquake



And Smithsonian's story about historic earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest



Please add your own links in the comments.
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