by Chelsea Morphis
A devastating 9.0 earthquake that triggered a deadly tsunami over northeastern Japan Friday, March 11, has left the country in peril. The death toll is currently at 4,314 but is expected to rise exponentially.
Japan is now dealing with threats of radiation after explosions at three nuclear reactors and a fire at a fourth one in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The quake caused the cooling systems in reactors No. 1, 2, and 3 to malfunction, which resulted in an overabundance of hydrogen gas that sparked the explosions. The subsequent tsunami flooded the diesel backup generators, which left workers scrambling to find a way to cool down the reactors to prevent a meltdown. They are currently flooding the reactors with seawater in hopes that they will cool. The fire in reactor No. 4 complicated the work by releasing extremely high levels of radiation but they decreased quickly.
People living in an 18-mile radius around the plant were ordered to evacuate or stay indoors. The radiation has caused at least 20 people to fall sick