On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake ripped through Japan’s main island of Honshu, also bringing a destructive tsunami to the northeastern coast. This was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Japan, a country that has experienced many earthquakes over the last century.
In this podcast, we speak to Dr. Andy Freed, a geophysicist at Purdue University who has visited Sendai, the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake. Dr. Freed is working with Japanese scientists on earthquake studies, and also helping Teachers Without Borders develop and implement an earthquake education curriculum for high schools in Haiti.
Dr. Freed speaks about how the earthquake was caused and how well Japan was prepared for this natural disaster. He also compares the strength and destruction of this earthquake to that of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.