Quake leaves destruction, fear

In Japan, an earthquake started a tsunami that caused a nuclear disaster

By Stephen Ornes, 20:08 PM March 21, 2011


This is a view of the Pacific Ocean, where different colors indicate the height of the tsunami in that area. The highest waves, in black, were probably more than eight feet tall. The orange and red areas indicate areas where the wave was closer to eight inches.



People in Japan face a catastrophe that has gone from terrible to tragic. The disaster began as an earthquake that launched a powerful ocean wave, called a tsunami, that caused destruction all along the coast. Those natural disasters damaged a cluster of nuclear reactors in Japan, leading to one of the worst nuclear disasters in recent years.


“My homeland has been struck by a tragedy of cataclysmic proportions. This has been one of the greatest natural disasters of modern times, the full e...

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