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BBC Reports by 8 Indigo

Fukushima becomes a ghost town

Japan faced their worst crisis yet due to an earthquake which has caused Japan’s water supply to be contaminated with nuclear radiation causing many problems within the country. The earthquake was a 9.0 on the Richter scale and following this a tsunami hit Japan with its all mighty forces at a staggering height of 15 metres in the air.

The roots of this endless disaster began on Friday the 11th of March 2011 when an extreme earthquake occurred causing major destruction of the number one station of Fukushima. The makeshift attempted failed which caused the fuel rods in the reactor core to end up in a super heated build-up.

The next day an engineer released water vapour containing radioactive caesium and iodine. This attempt was supposed to split the super-heated water into oxygen and hydrogen, but instead the hydrogen escaped and made an explosion. The explosion fractured the roof of the building as well as surrounding walls. The explosion was even known to injure four workers.

Even though three reactors of Japan, Fukushima nuclear power plant may have happened more than 2 years ago, the disaster still remains a giant, unresolved mess. Only 37 people had suffered with physical injuries but because of this the contaminated water of Japan, many lives were still affected.

Suggestions and problems are still claimed till this day about this major crisis from both elders and young secondary students about the effects this disaster may have done to the environment.

We are wondering: what problems may have this caused to local Japanese people and how could we participate as a country to help others?

A year 8 student was asked about his opinion on the topic of Japan’s safety in terms of natural disasters. He told us, “I think that the water supply in Japan will really affect the Japanese citizens as it will suggest that the local environment is being damaged and being affected because of our modern technology.”

Many believe Japan’s disasters are just the beginning.

By Daniel, Zane and Kevin

Social media – Advantages and disadvantages

Social media is an incredible platform that allows users to interact and communicate with each other. This is becoming increasingly popular within teenagers. According to our results of a survey in our year 8 English class, approximately 80% of the pupils think that social media is a good invention.

We interviewed our year 8 classmates about social media and here’s what they had to say:

“It’s good because people are able to communicate and interact with each other.”

“It allows you to share images with other people and it’s a very good use as long as you use it safely because you can do many things.”

Many other students agreed with these opinions.

Social media is a great use for teenagers, however it may have its downsides. Because social media is extremely popular, teenagers find it addictive. 10% of our class thinks that it’s a bad influence on younger children.

Another year 8 student reported; “On social media, people can get bullied if they don’t use it safely. However, if teenagers use it maturely and properly, it will less likely become an issue.”

In addition, a year 8 student from another class told us, “Hacking is possible on social media. It’s not 100% safe for all children and people are spending a lot of time on it, which means that children are not able to develop further interests and hobbies. It is best for them to balance their online gadgets with their education.”

Social media can be beneficial for students as long as everyone stays safe.

By Radhika