Why do earthquakes occur in Japan?
If we take the question literally, then earthquakes in Japan occur for the same reason as in other countries – because of sudden breaks in the earth’s crust with the displacement of its individual sections, which are called lithospheric plates.
But the question is, obviously, why do earthquakes occur so often in Japan and with such severe consequences-numerous human casualties and destruction?
Japan was not lucky – the archipelago on which it is located is located at the junction of four large lithospheric plates at once – the Pacific, phillipine, North American and Eurasian. Two of them – the Philippine and Pacific-are now in active motion, which leads to frequent earthquakes in Japan.
Other adverse factors are added to an unsuccessful location. Japan is a densely populated country with a highly developed industry, a dense network of communications and powerful energy.
This leads to the fact that the number of victims of earthquakes and the scale of destruction in the land of the Rising Sun is significantly higher than in earthquakes of the same strength in other countries.