Sunday, 30 September 2012

Mt Tambura - Supervolcano

Very interesting radio broadcast on Mt Tambura and how they dicovered its effects. Goes with a written article at this address:

Monday, 24 September 2012

Review of Japanese Earthquake 2011 Sources

Just a quick review of a source that I used to create my case study for the Japanese earthquake that occurred in 2011.

The source overall is very concise and gives a lot of information in a very small body of text. The impacts of the earthquake is where this source really came through, giving roughly 7 detailed bullet points.These bullet points are very factual and get rid of all the waffle that come with other sources. I would have prefered more detail in the causes section as it is considerably lacking in this area only giving minor details, however luckily I had already gathered this information from another source. Overall this is a good source, created by a teacher, but lacks detail in areas other than impacts.

Another source I used for this case study was

Some people say that Wikipedia is a bad source for information, however I have to disagree. This gives good   detailed information on all the different parts of the Japanese earthquake. It then lists the sources it gathered this information from at the bottom of the page. The source breaks each part of the case study down into very detailed chunks of information that are easy to gather information from.

Japan case study resource review

for my research on the japan earthquake & tsunami disaster in 2011, I've used the websites below:

This website focuses exclusively on the environmental impacts of the disaster. A lot of times, I tend to focus more on social & economic impacts when writing essays, which makes this website really useful in the future. Specific figures & facts are mentioned in the article along with an in depth analysis at the greater picture. The long term effects of the disaster on the local environment and the marine ecosystem mentioned help paint a much more detailed picture on the overall impact of the event.

Contrasting with the website above, this website does the opposite. Instead of going into detail in one specific area of the disaster, this website offers a broad selection of information. What made this website useful was its focus on facts & figures. This provides essential information for the analysis of the event. Though no detail is offered, it provides a chance for the reader to expand on each point themselves. As a result, this source could act as a checklist for those writing an essay or any other assignment on the topic.

Lastly, I also found a website showing more before & after photos of the event. Though no information I can use was found on this website, it provided a clearer idea of the effects of the disaster.

Resources for Japan Case Study

Well below iv chucked some of the great websites I used when creating my case study the first one is basically the causes and then from then onwards we got some video links and facts and figures.
This is a great source from the NY times on the causes of the earthquake in Japan and also how it created a tsunami. It mixes some text with some great maps which show exactly what's going on it was a great help so enjoy.
Now this one was a good one for the economic its from US economy section. It just splits down all the damages to the economy but does take a bit of pushing through as there is a bit of an over load of information.
From the great old BBC just a great overview of everything that happened step by step and gives a insight in just the shear power of the Tsunami wave that hit.

Just to finish of this is a SGV!! See the shear power behind this Tsunami, the water just keeps coming!

Stroomers Blog/ Japan 2011

Fellow bloggers,

I have discovered this following my research into the Japan earthquake/tsunami event of 2011.
This was written close to the time of the event so it is very good for short term effects and causes. It provides a lot of facts and figures that you can put into your case study and therefore great for place specific info. It has also got some good information, and even a quote or two from the prime minister about short term responses and how they are planning to deal with it. It also has some good interviews from people who were there when it happened and even one who ‘was eating at a sushi restaurant’. It was written so close to the time so some of the long term effects are denied, for example it says that there ‘were no reports of radioactive leaks at any of Japan's nuclear plants’ when after this article was written we know that there was.

Be careful what you read and believe but other than that, it’s a great source with lots of facts and place specifics!

From James Stroomer

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Review of source used to help with Japan Earthquake Casestudy

This is a great website that I've already posted up before but was probably the most helpful so I will use it in my review.
This site is the US Geographical Survey. It is a database of all hazards that have ever been recorded where data is available. There are seperate sections for Earthquakes, Landslides and volcanoes. Specifically in earthquakes the site is crammed full of facts and figures on pretty much everything you need. In the Japan earthquake we are studying you can find facts and details about the actual event itself. Next a summary is given about effects to humans aswell as a Tectonic summary. It also provides many maps on different things such as purely world location or a seismic hazard map of the area. There are also many links to other sites that are of great use to this particular case study and many others.
Hope this helps.
Keep it real brothers.

Resource Review - 2011 Japan Earthquake

From my research into the 2011 Japan Earthquake I came across many useful, in depth resources but one that I found extremely useful is from the New York Times:

This link has a great interactive map/diagram feature that makes it easy to understand how the tectonic activity caused the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami. It is also very effective at showing clearly, the areas which were hardest hit and where the Earthquake started (Epicentre).

Although the diagrams are on the New york times website, the source is actually from the U.S. Geological Survey. So, from some more digging I found another link that had some great information on the primary and secondary effects and more on the tectonic activity.

If you're looking for factual and precise information, this is golden. On top of that, it couldn't be more place specific if it tried. Give 'U.S Geological Survey 2011 Japan Earthquake' a go into google and you'll find many more sites/ PDF files/ Power points.

For some serious diagrams check out

Japan EQ 2011 Resource Review


In our recent prep on research of the Japan 2011 EQ I came across this beauty of a link - - This link from the New York Times is simple yet quality and very effective.

Its step by step diagram system, makes it easy to learn and cover and understand the specific effects and reasons why the EQ and Tsunami happened and why it was so hazardous. Alongside our general understanding of EQ's and technicalities within in that, this resource adds a case study, but not just any case study, an in-depth and thorough case study.

That wasn't the end of it though, it got better, as I scrolled past the pictures and diagrams I came across this other link from the New York Times - - there are no facts, no figures and no description to this link apart from the mind-blowing pictures before and after the EQ and Tsunami over a large area of Japan, that is all that needs to be seen.

In conclusion, I discovered a very useful resource in my research of the Japan 2011 EQ.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Causes of Kashmir Earthquake

Some excellent research took place today as 13D created a strong case study of the causes of the Kashmir Earthquake 2005.

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Monday, 10 September 2012

Geographical Definitions

Great website showing all the definitions to do with Geography:

natural hazards

Below is Nasa's website on natural hazards, where  up to date information is provided on natural hazards happening around the world!

Natural Hazards Website

Found a great website that gives reasonably detailed descriptions of most natural hazards!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Great Casestudy info on hazards!

Found this site. The mother of all hazards. Got everything; Data, pictures, maps and loads of info on the events. Database of all hazards really. Good for info on a casestudy etc.

Earth Hazards

What is a hazard and how does something become hazardous?

A hazard is a situation that poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or environment. Most hazards are dormant or potential, with only a theoretical rik of harm; however, once a hazard becomes "active", it can create an emergency situation. A hazard does not exist when it is not happening. A hazardous situation that has come to pass is called an incident. Hazard and vulnerability interact together to create risk.

What is a tectonic event?

Tectonic events are the group name for such occurrences as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. They are called tectonic because they are all associated with earth movements of one kind or another.

Although it's a GCSE website there is some more information on: 

Some Intro's

First up this little power-point simply shows what makes something hazardous or not -

And if that wasn't enough this is a great website giving information out about Tectonic Events and much more -