I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 (I Survived #8)

I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 (I Survived #8)

Lauren Tarshis

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 0545459370

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The disaster felt around the world . . .

Visiting his dad's hometown in Japan four months after his father's death would be hard enough for Ben. But one morning the pain turns to fear: first, a massive earthquake rocks the quiet coastal village, nearly toppling his uncle's house. Then the ocean waters rise and Ben and his family are swept away-and pulled apart-by a terrible tsunami.

Now Ben is alone, stranded in a strange country a million miles from home. Can he fight hard enough to survive one of the most epic disasters of all time?

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that is helping millions of Japanese to recover from the horrifying events of March 11, 2011. The series of disasters that began that day is known as the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The disaster was, in fact, three separate events. Each was destructive and terrifying and could have filled an entire I Survived book. First there was a powerful earthquake, which hit at 2:46 P.M. under the floor of the Pacific Ocean, about eighty miles from a stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast called Tohoku.

research and writing. Most of the time, when I’m finished, I can almost imagine what it was like for the people living through the events I’m writing about. I could feel the terror of seeing a shark swimming toward me in a creek. I could practically smell the cannon smoke wafting across a Civil War battlefield. I could hear the screaming winds of a hurricane in my mind. But the Tohoku disaster was so enormous, I really can’t begin to imagine what it was like — the terror, the destruction, the

electricity. Usually, nuclear power works well. In fact it’s “clean” energy, which means that it doesn’t pollute the air. But if a nuclear plant is damaged, things can go very wrong, very quickly. That’s what happened at Fukushima. The quake and wave damaged the power plant and knocked out electricity. Fires broke out. Steam, smoke, and water escaped from the plant. The clouds and water that escaped were filled with tiny particles that contain radioactive energy, which can be very dangerous to

them, foaming black water, rising up in angry waves. The car spun wildly as the waves rushed up around the tires. Time seemed to stop. The car tipped sharply in the rising water. Ben was held tight by his seat belt. Mom and Harry toppled onto Ojisan, and they all crashed together into his door. The door popped open. Ojisan fell out of the car. “Ojisan!” Ben screamed. And now Mom and Harry were about to fall out, too! The car door was swung wide open, and Mom and Harry teetered in the

sweet smile,” Dad used to say. Mom had been in the air force, too, before she had Ben. “She’s tougher than all of us,” Dad always said with a proud smile. Mom wanted to go to Shogahama. And so here they were. Harry got out of bed, his Darth Vader pajamas drooping on his bony shoulders. Ojisan’s cat, Nya, was asleep at the foot of the mattress. Harry scooped her up. The cat had to be a hundred years old, her black fur rubbed away in places. She was small and scrawny with a crooked tail that

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