At exactly 2:46 p.m. yesterday, Japan suffered a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that violently shook the eastern coast of the country. The merciless tremor killed hundreds of people [though the numbers are still increasing], destroyed entire towns and spurred a tsunami that is sweeping away homes, cars and even people. Its nearly 30-feet-high waves began slamming the eastern coast shortly after the country was struck by the disastrous earthquake, which is thought to be the most powerful earthly convulsion to hit the island nation in recorded history.
Tsunami is a Japanese word, meaning "harbor wave," yet what unfolded in Japan was not just a harbor wave. Instead, it was far more ferocious and dangerous. Large ships and sea vessels were pushed over like little toys plunging into the sea. After all of this, Japan then declared a state of emergency at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, where radioactive material may have seeped out from the atomic power plant due to the power reactors failing, as a result of the earthquake. Currently, radiation levels are 1,000 times the normal level in the facility's control room.