|Scholastic Kids Press Corps
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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.
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.
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.
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.