Japan has been through a lot in the past few days. A massive 8.9 earthquake shook Japan on Friday and so far there have been over 275 aftershocks, all measuring over 5.0 on the Richter scale. This earthquake was so powerful, scientists say that the coastline has actually shifted 8 feet and the Earth's axis has moved anywhere from 4 to 10 inches. (WOW) Following this massive earthquake, a tsunami then rocked the coast line. This massive tsunami has left entire cities underwater and over 10,000 people missing. The current known death-toll is well over 1,000. To make matters worse, over 170,000 people have been ordered to evacuate an area around the nuclear plant in Fukushima near Iwaki. This is the site of a partial "meltdown" currently underway. A meltdown occurs when a collapse of the nuclear power plant systems prevent the plant from managing temperatures. A complete meltdown would release Uranium into the air and pose serious health risks to humans in the area. While Japanese authorities tried to calm citizens, they have made preparations to distribute potassium iodide pills, and are urging people to stay inside and to cover their mouths if they must go outside.
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