Monday, 18th July 2011
In General Japan News,
Japanese tsunami 'reached 132.5 feet high'
The tsunami that struck north-east Japan in March reached a maximum height of 132.5 feet, according to new research.
The Telegraph reports that scientists from 48 research organisations across the country measured the wave, which struck the country on March 11th, following an undersea earthquake that measured a gigantic 9.0 on the Richter scale.
They collected data from thousands of points along the east coast of Japan, looking at marks left on buildings and trees by the water.
The newspaper reports that the wave was tall enough that it would have completely engulfed Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, which stands at 130 feet.
It is also believed to be taller than the tsunami that hit south-east Asia in 2004, which reached a height of 108 feet and is believed to have resulted in more than 230,000 deaths.
The tsunami caused major damage to Japan and also caused a nuclear meltdown in the reactors of the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Written by Kimberley Homer