Japan is the eleventh most populous country in the world, as well as one of the most densely populated and urbanized. About three-fourths of the country's terrain is mountainous, concentrating its population of 123.2 million on narrow coastal plains. Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions.
The 1700 Cascadia earthquake occurred along the Cascadia subduction zone on January 26, 1700, with an estimated moment magnitude of 8.7–9.2. The megathrust earthquake involved the Juan de Fuca Plate from mid-Vancouver Island, south along the Pacific Northwest coast as far as northern California. The length of the fault rupture was about 1,000 ...
According to the JMA, the earthquake had a magnitude of M JMA 7.4 and struck at a depth of 57 km. The USGS stated that the quake had an M w of 7.3 at a depth of 41.0 km. It was preceded by a M wb 6.0 foreshock at a depth of 48.1 km. The foreshock also measured 6.1 M JMA by the JMA and was recorded with a maximum intensity of Shindo 5-.
The 2016 Fukushima earthquake struck Japan east-southeast of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture at 05:59 JST on November 22 (20:59 Nov 21 UTC) with depth of 11.4 km (7.1 mi). Fukushima is a very dense prefecture in Japan north of Tokyo, with a population of nearly 2 million. The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong) on the Mercalli scale.
In 1988 Japan imported US$6.9 billion of machinery from the United States, of which computers and computer parts (US$2.4 billion) formed the largest single component. In the category of transportation equipment, Japan imported US$2.2 billion of aircraft and parts (automobiles and parts accounted for only US$500 million). [needs update]
1997 – The Bojnurd earthquake measuring M w 6.5 strikes Iran. With a Mercalli intensity of VIII, it kills at least 88 and damages 173 villages. 1998 – The 5.9 M w Afghanistan earthquake shakes the Takhar Province with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). With 2,323 killed, and 818 injured, damage is considered extreme.
In 1972, the United Nations Environmental Conference produced a 52–0 vote in favor of a 10-year global moratorium on commercial whaling. However, the UN resolution was not adopted by the IWC by a vote of 6-no, 4-yes and 4-abstain. Japan, the Soviet Union, Iceland, Norway, South Africa and Panama voted no.