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Chang 1 Jennie Chang Mrs. Burrows AP Biology 29 August 2011 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami Japan was plunged into chaos after a horrendous earthquake sent ruthless tsunami waves over the helpless streets on March 11, 2011. The 8.9-magnitude temblor, which was centered near the east coast of Japan, killed thousands of people, engulfed entire towns, and tossed boats and cars around like toys. After this crisis crippled the country, the climate, ecology, and radiation on humans has all been affected or changed. As an island nation, Japan is vulnerable to changes in sea level. The Climate Change Vulnerability Index produced by risk consultancy Maplecroft lists Japan as a “high risk” country —only slightly better off than Bangladesh and small-island nations, which are classified under “extreme risk.” Japan is also poor in natural resources; it is classed as an Annex 1 industrialized nation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—giving it an unavoidable moral responsibility to participate in joint action to combat climate change. Japan raced to avert a catastrophe after two explosions at the Fukushima Dalichi nuclear power plant sent radiation wafting into Tokyo. Much lower but abnormal radiation and traces of radioactive elements were detected around Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolitan region with 36 million people. Japan’s nuclear energy agency reported on March 14 that measures of radiation outside the plant were higher than legal limits, but that they were not dangerously high. However, that changed on the morning of March 15, when radiation levels shot to 400 millisieverts per hour—well above the danger zone. Radiation levels then dropped to
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Chang 2 about 0.6 millisieverts per hour. Radiation levels in Tokyo were reported to be 20 times above normal but still not in the danger zone. However, a no-fly zone had been imposed for an 18-mile radius around the nuclear plant. Due to Japan’s location, radioactive vapor seeping from the plant contaminated tap water and farm produce in the region, bringing the Unite States, European
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