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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2011

Information on the Crisis in Japan of 2011

Derek Santos

on 7 April 2011

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Japan 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. The country is made up of four main islands, and thousands of small ones. The largest islands of Japan are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. On March 11th, 2011, A magnitude 9 undersea earthquake off of the coast of northern Japan occured. Soon after, a tsunami triggered by the quake with waves up to 124 feet hit the northeastern coast of Japan, traveling up to six miles inland. The tsunami ravaged the coast of Japan, devestating the Miyagi Prefecture in particular. The death toll is expected to exceed 18,000. Over 125,000 buildings were damaged, bringing the cost of the disaster to a predicted 309 billion dollars. As a result of the quake and tsunami, three nuclear reactors underwent explosions, causing dangerous amounts of radiation to spread across the country, making it unsafe to drink water and eat food from specific scources. Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant was one of the few to suffer from such explosions.
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