Earthquake shifted peninsula in Japan 17 feet

March 20, 2011

A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are searching for survivors in the coastal waters near Sendai, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released)

The massive March 11 Tōhoku earthquake shifted Japan's Oshika Peninsula 5.3 meters (17 feet) in a east-southeasterly direction toward the epicenter, reports Kyodo.

Analysis of global positioning system data at the Geospatial Information Authority in Tsukuba found the 9.0-magnitude quake moved the peninsula 5.3 meters (17 feet) and dropped it by 1.2 meters (3.9 ft). The displacement was the largest on record for Japan, according to the agency.

The quake also shifted other points of Japan, including Tokyo, although the movements were smaller.

The earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed thousands along the eastern coast of Japan. The tsunami also crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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