Japan disaster. Devastating earthquake defied expectations.

  title={Japan disaster. Devastating earthquake defied expectations.},
  author={Dennis Normile},
  volume={331 6023},
C R E D IT S ( T O P T O B O T T O M ): L A N D O V ; S O U R C E : U S G S TOKYO—Even for a nation inured to temblors and bracing for the Big One, last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami were beyond imagination. Experts, too, were caught offguard. “I never thought this kind of [event] could happen” in this region, says Hiroo Kanamori, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The earthquake’s astonishing power and unexpected location also expose the futility… CONTINUE READING