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The Tōhoku earthquake (9.1 magnitude) hit Japan on March 11, 2011 for a duration of 5 minutes, and was followed by a tsunami which claimed the life of close to 16.000 people.
The seismic events shown took place on that same day, between 01h41 and 23h59 (GMT). At 0.5X animation speed, 1 second of animation = 1 hour in real time.
The main earthquake happened at 05h46 (1:80 mark in the animation), and slowing down the animation speed to 0.1X or keeping manual control around this event should allow you to better understand the aftershocks propagation.
- Topography and bathymetry: Etopo1 Global Relief Model
- Earthquakes: ANSS Comprehensive Earthquake Catalog
- Fault plane: Slab2: A Comprehensive Subduction Zone Geometry Model
Created with python and blender ( and love :) )
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