An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit northern Japan, causing massive damage. Then came the tsunami, which sent a 30-foot wall of water three miles inland, killing untold numbers. The tsunami also traveled at 500 m.p.h.–as fast as a airplane–hitting Hawaii and America’s west coast. Marinas and boats were damaged, but, as of this moment, I have heard no reports of American deaths.
Now fires have broken out in Japan, and–what really has people worried–nuclear power plants are releasing radiation and at least two are in danger of meltdown.
UPDATE: 25-year-old Joey Young from Crescent, California, was taking pictures of the incoming tsunami when he was swept out to sea and drowned. Another California man with a history of heart problems was found dead on his boat.