Japan Trench

[ juh-pan-trench ]

  1. an oceanic trench off northeastern Japan, created by the subduction of the Pacific Plate beneath the Okhotsk Plate, the continuous movement of which is a significant factor in the generation of earthquakes and tsunamis in northern Japan: part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Origin of Japan Trench

First recorded in 1905–10

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