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Disaster in the Pacific

A devastating earthquake struck Japan's coast on March 11. The shock caused a massive tsunami that battered coasts all along the Pacific Ocean.

Learn more about the disaster, and how earthquakes and tsunamis work.

Articles

Japan Goes Back to School
Japan Goes Back to School
by Tyrus Cukavac
Scholastic News Online | April21,2011
Schools in Japan reopened this week, more than a month after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit. Teachers are guiding students through this difficult time while trying to manage their scarce resources as best they can.
Japan's Struggle
Japan's Struggle
by Tyrus Cukavac
Scholastic News Online | March28,2011
Two weeks after the March 11 earthquake, a 6.5 magnitude aftershock rattles Japan as it continues on the road to recovery.
Japan's Nuclear Disaster
Japan's Nuclear Disaster
by Sara Goudarzi
Scholastic News Online | March19,2011
Last Friday, a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck Japan and damaged two nuclear power stations. Officials are now working to prevent dangerous radiation from poisoning the air in the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Animal Aftershocks
Animal Aftershocks
by Zach Jones
Scholastic News Online | March23,2011
About 35 percent of all households in Japan own at least one pet. That means the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the country two weeks ago did not only affect people- many animals were caught up in the disaster too.
Japan Searches for Survivors
Japan Searches for Survivors
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | March15,2011
International aid groups are working to provide shelter, food, and medical care for those who have been affected by the disaster in Japan.
Devastation in Japan
Devastation in Japan
by Zach Jones
Scholastic News Online | March14,2011
Japan is struggling to recover after one of the strongest earthquakes ever measured hit the country on Friday. The powerful quake began in the ocean off Japan's east coast, creating a series of enormous waves known as a tsunami.
Teaching About the Disaster in Japan
Teaching About the Disaster in Japan
Scholastic News Online | Scholastic News Online has an array of resources about the disaster in Japan. The following is a guide for using these resources to teach this important news event.
How Does a Tsunami Work?
How Does a Tsunami Work?
Grolier Online | Learn more about the science behind these destructive waves from Grolier Online.

Resources

Slideshow: Life in Japan Goes On
Slideshow: Life in Japan Goes On
Scholastic News Online | These photos show what life is like in Japan amid the destruction caused by the devastating earthquake.
Earthquake in Japan
Earthquake in Japan
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Follow the events unfolding in Japan with articles and interviews by Scholastic Kid Reporters.
Slideshow: Disaster in Japan
Slideshow: Disaster in Japan
Scholastic News Online | These photos document the effects of this tragedy in the Pacific.
Earth's Tectonic Plates
Earth's Tectonic Plates
Scholastic News Online | Take a closer look at the tectonic plates that make up Earth's crust, and caused the earthquake that devastated northern Japan.
Tsunami Diagram
Tsunami Diagram
Scholastic News Online | Click here to learn more about these destructive waves.
How Do Earthquakes Work?
How Do Earthquakes Work?
Scholastic News Online | Learn how earthquakes work.
Glossary: Earthquakes
Glossary: Earthquakes
Scholastic News Online | Learn vocabulary words relating to earthquakes.
FAST FACTS: Japan
FAST FACTS: Japan
Grolier Online | Go deeper with Grolier Online. Find fast facts and detailed background information on Japan, America's longtime ally in East Asia.
Earthquake Rocks New Zealand
Earthquake Rocks New Zealand
Scholastic News Online | On Monday, New Zealand was struck by the worst natural disaster to hit the country in 80 years. At least 75 people have died and 300 are missing, following a major earthquake.
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