Japanese Tsunami In 2011 Caused By Slippery Clay And Thin Tectonic Plates On The Ocean Seafloor

By Ajit Jha

An international team of scientists has concluded that an unusually thin and slippery geological fault where the North American plate rides over the edge of the Pacific plate caused a massive displacement of the seafloor off the coast of Japan in March 2011, touching off the devastating tsunami that struck the Tohoku region.

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