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Earthquake in Japan

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck northeast Japan on Friday, March 11, causing a destructive tsunami that reached the west coast of the United States. The tsunami traveled at the speed of a jet liner across the Pacific Ocean with waves as tall as 33 feet.

The quake is the world's fifth largest quake since 1900. It actually caused a shift in the earth's axis, shortening the length of a day by 1.8 microseconds. Parts of Japan near the epicenter are believed to be 8 to 13 feet closer to the United States.

Scholastic News Kid Reporters are collecting information about the quake and its aftermath, including the possible effect on nuclear power plants in Japan and the U.S. They are talking to people who have family and friends in Japan and looking into how kids can help with relief efforts.

Stories are listed below. Be sure to check back frequently as new stories are posted over the next few weeks.

Articles

Japan America Society of Colorado
Japan America Society of Colorado
by Jenna Winocur
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April5,2011
One Colorado organization with a unique connection to Japan is mobilizing to help raise money for recovery in the earthquake-devastated country.
U.S. Prepares for Disaster
U.S. Prepares for Disaster
by Jack Keyes
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April1,2011
The U.S. National Guard is prepping for a national-level earthquake preparedness exercise for the third week of May that will involve thousands of personnel across eight states.
Kids in Ohio Help Out
Kids in Ohio Help Out
by Nicholas Arnold
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April1,2011
One fifth-grader at Wyandotte Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio, felt sad about what was happening in Japan, so she decided to help them by creating a wristband and launching a fundraising effort.
Earthquake Stories from Texas
Earthquake Stories from Texas
by Artur Zigman
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | April1,2011
For a group of people in Houston, Texas, the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on March 11 was close to home.
Richter Scale Ousted by MMS
Richter Scale Ousted by MMS
by Charlie Kadado
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March28,2011
While the Richter scale is still used to measure small earthquakes, a new technology is being used to measure quakes the size of the recent one in Japan.
Cranes for a Cause Supports Japan
Cranes for a Cause Supports Japan
by Kevin Agostinelli
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March28,2011
Japanese folklore says anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish or the ability to recover from accident or injury. That led students in Hyannis, Massachusetts, to organize a unique fundraiser.
U.S. Nuclear Experts Help Japan
U.S. Nuclear Experts Help Japan
by Isaac Salant
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March22,2011
Kid Reporter Isaac Salant talks with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which oversees nuclear plants in the United States, about the disaster in Japan and how it could help improve nuclear safety everywhere.
Red Cross Helps in Japan
Red Cross Helps in Japan
by Andrew Liang
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March18,2011
The Japanese Red Cross is working with its partner, the American Red Cross, in providing shelter, food, and medical aid to the people of Japan after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the country March 11.
Florida Students Experienced Quake
Florida Students Experienced Quake
by Topanga Sena
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March17,2010
As the world watched a 9.0 magnitude earthquake devastate areas of Japan, one group of Florida students experienced the disaster firsthand.
Can It Happen Here?
Can It Happen Here?
by Mimi Evans
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March17,2011
The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan damaged some of that country's nuclear power plants. Kid Reporter Mimi Evans spoke to Kory Raftery, spokesperson for Diablo Canyon Power Plant, PG&E, about nuclear power plants in the United States.
Earthquake Relief Efforts Begin
Earthquake Relief Efforts Begin
by Cassandra Hsiao
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March14,2011
As Japan begins its recovery from a massive earthquake, people around the world are mobilizing to help.
Major Earthquake Rocks Japan
Major Earthquake Rocks Japan
by Miranda Rector
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March11,2011
A massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake rocked Japan Friday, created a destructive tidal wave that destroyed parts of Japan and impacted parts of Hawaii and the American west coast.
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