I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 (I Survived #8)
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Visiting his dad's hometown in Japan four months after his father's death would be hard enough for Ben. But one morning the pain turns to fear: first, a massive earthquake rocks the quiet coastal village, nearly toppling his uncle's house. Then the ocean waters rise and Ben and his family are swept away-and pulled apart-by a terrible tsunami.
Now Ben is alone, stranded in a strange country a million miles from home. Can he fight hard enough to survive one of the most epic disasters of all time?
that is helping millions of Japanese to recover from the horrifying events of March 11, 2011. The series of disasters that began that day is known as the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The disaster was, in fact, three separate events. Each was destructive and terrifying and could have filled an entire I Survived book. First there was a powerful earthquake, which hit at 2:46 P.M. under the floor of the Pacific Ocean, about eighty miles from a stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast called Tohoku.
his room into a cave, a dark space like where Dad hid after he was shot down in Afghanistan. Yeah, it was lonely in there sometimes. But at least in his cave, Ben felt safe. Harry was exhausted from the trip to the hospital. Mom helped him change out of his blood-spattered pajamas and tucked him into bed. A minute later he was asleep, with Nya curled up on his stomach. Ben was in the kitchen pouring some juice when Ojisan came in. “How about a walk?” he said quietly. “No thanks, Ojisan,”
by the air force, just like Dad. She knew how to take care of herself. And Ojisan had built this house himself. He’d know where they would be safe. Harry huddled close to Ben, crying hard. “I’m scared,” he sobbed. Ben patted his back and tried to comfort him. But Harry was screaming now, worse than when Dr. Sato told him he’d need stitches. Patting him on the back wasn’t working. “Jedi knights have to be strong,” Ben said. “Now that you have a scar, you have to be brave.” That seemed to work.
then Ben noticed that Ojisan had drifted to the edge of the street. He was standing with two other men. They were all looking intently at the ocean in the distance. Ben followed the path of their gaze until he figured out what they were looking at: a strange gray cloud hovering over the ocean. It looked almost like smoke. Was a big ship on fire? No, that didn’t make sense. No ship was that big. A siren blared. And with a sudden jolt, Ben understood that it wasn’t a cloud. It wasn’t a fire.
word for uncle. Ben had always dreamed of visiting Shogahama. Ojisan was more like a grandfather to him than a far-away uncle. He’d come to visit them in California several times over the years. Ben had heard so many stories about Dad’s life growing up in the village. He couldn’t wait to see it for himself. But not without Dad. Ben couldn’t believe it when his mom announced they were still taking the trip. He’d begged her to cancel, but Mom never changed her mind. “Don’t be tricked by that