Three years since Japan earthquake and tsunami

Three years since Japan earthquake and tsunami
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POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 2:27pm

On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. Japan local time, the fourth largest earthquake to occur in the world since 1900 struck off the northeast coast of Japan.

Today, memorial ceremonies were held in Tokyo, Japan to honor and remember the devastating day.  

According to the USGS, the quake measured magnitude-9.0 and created a 30-foot tsunami that quickly ran into the east coast of Japan. Nearly 16,000 people died, more than 4,600 went missing, 5,300 were injured, 131,000 displaced and at least 332,000 buildings, 2,100 roads, 56 bridges and 26 railways were destroyed or damaged by the disaster.

The nuclear reactors at the Fukashima Daiichi plant were heavily damaged. Days and weeks later, several tanks and pipes at the crippled plant were suspected of leaking toxic water. It took nearly 15 months for the facility to reopen and produce power.

After the deadly disaster occurred, people around the world began to question the safety of nuclear power plants near them. In Louisiana, days after Japan's radioactive emergency, NBC33 News reported on the preparedness at Entergy's River Bend Nuclear Plant.

"One of the trademarks of the nuclear industry in the U.S. is that we take lessons learned and incorporate them as we move forward", said Barry Cox, Site Vice President. To view the archived 2011 story from River Bend, click here.

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