• Joanne Scheff Bernstein


In March 2011, one of the worst disasters in history occurred in Tōhoku, Japan. The most powerful earthquake to have ever hit Japan (one of the five most powerful in the world) triggered huge tsunami waves reaching heights of 133 feet, which traveled up to six miles inland and caused atomic reactor meltdowns and explosions. Thousands of people died, hundreds of thousands of buildings collapsed or were severely damaged, and all areas within 50 miles of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated. The entire region suffered from lack of electrical power, closed roads and rail lines, poor access to food and medical supplies, and the massive fear that accompanied the aftershocks.


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