March 2011 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in Science and Disasters news for the month of March 2011.

  • Hawaiian Volcano Erupts (March 7): The Kilauea Volcano, thought to be one of the most active in the world, erupts, spewing lava through new cracks. The eruption causes more than 150 detectable earthquakes in the area, but no damage is reported.

  • Massive 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake and Tsunami Devastate Japan (March 11): Japan is hit by an enormous earthquake that triggers a deadly 23-foot tsunami in the country's north. The earthquake, Japan's largest ever, hit about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issues warnings for Russia, Taiwan, Hawaii, Indonesia, the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the west coasts the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and South America. Cooling systems in one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station fail shortly after the earthquake, causing a nuclear crisis.

  • Earthquake of 6.8 Magnitude Hits Myanmar (March 24): A powerful earthquake strikes northeastern Myanmar, toppling homes and killing more than 70 people. Tremors from the earthquake are felt hundreds of miles away, in cities as far away as Bangkok and Hanoi.

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