On Friday, March 11th, 2011 a 9.0 earthquake off the northeastern coast of Japan caused a devastating tsunami along the eastern edge of the country. The quake and it’s more than 50 immediate aftershocks were felt as far away as Tokyo, which is hundreds of miles from the epicenter.
Immediately after the tsunami, the Fukushima nuclear plant was crippled, creating the potential for a meltdown that forced people living for miles around the plant to evacuate, slowing or even halting searches for survivors of the disaster. The nuclear crisis led to a re-examination of the use of nuclear power around the world. Today, the effects of the disaster are ongoing in Japan and around the world.
To learn more about what happened in 2011 and as the country continued to recover, watch the videos below. Click here for a map of locations in the Pacific ocean that have been tested for radiation since the Fukushima crisis.