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Japan earthquakes and tsunamis 2011
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Japan earthquake news for kids


  Japan's Struggle (
Summary of the first two weeks after the earthquake to hit Japan. Terms in bold: aftershock, magnitude, hindered, microseconds, radiation.

Huge Earthquake Strikes Japan (Weekly Reader)
Terms used and defined: aftershocks, tsunamis, epicenter (epicentre), bracing, debris, stalled. 14 March 2011.

Japan's Nuclear Fears (Time for Kids)
Scroll down for earthquake details under sub-heading "A Rippling Effect". Suggested first-paragraph terms to define: registered, magnitude, temblor, Ring of Fire, (The "Ring of Fire" is sometimes referred to as the "Rim of Fire", after the Pacific Rim.)  16 March 2011.

Earthquake and Tsunami Jolt Japan (National Geographic Kids)
Suggested terms to define: magnitude, casualties, confirmed, aftershocks.  11 March 2011.

Earthquake in Japan (
Updated with further stories every few days (scroll down).

How to Help the Japanese (National Geographic Kids)
 15 March 2011.

Tsunami Pictures: Epic Waves, Earthquake Shock Japan (National Geographic)
 12 March 2011.

See also:
our Japan nuclear disaster news for kids section

Japan earthquake videos


Video compilation: Japan Earthquake (Reuters)

Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Video (
View footage of the Japan earthquake, followed by footage of the tsunami.

Japan earthquake Visual items

  How Shifting Plates Caused the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan (New York Times)

Japan Tsunami: 20 Unforgettable Pictures (National Geographic)

Disaster in Japan (
Slideshow of 10 images.

Tsunami images (Los Angeles Times)

Photos: Massive quake hits Japan (CNN)

Interactive Graphics (

2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Visualizations (

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our Japan nuclear disaster visualizations section

Japan earthquake information

  Science behind Japan earthquake and Tsunami (Learn from Nature)

Japan's earthquake and tsunami explained (BBC News: video)
Explanation by seismologist Dr Roger Musson. Includes images of tsunami and damage.

2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Information and News Reports (

News vocabulary

  Japanese News Earthquake Vocabulary (

Discussions with children

  Tips for Parents: Talking to Kids About Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami (
Tips for communicating about the disasters in Japan with with children aged 5 to 10 and with tweens and teens.

Talking to students about Japanís earthquake and tsunami (

Talking with Children About Natural Disasters (
Advice on disasters generally.


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