Japan Still Recovering One Year After Tragic Earthquake and Nuclear Meltdown
Last year had more than its share of natural disasters: Record-breaking earthquakes, floods, famines, droughts and twisters struck Asia, Africa, Australia and North America. While the worst of it may be over, the recovery often takes years.
One year ago, Japan was struck by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, the strongest quake since the beginning of earthquake recording. The quake was followed by 50 very strong aftershocks and then a tsunami hit that devastated a 1,300 mile stretch on the eastern seaboard. Homes were taken out, highways buckled, communication lines snapped and the trains that are so valuable to the Japanese people were suspended. Japan was a mess.