In the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for U.S. citizens, urging them to avoid nonessential travel to Japan at this time. The earthquake, which measured 8.9 on the Richter scale, hit off the cost of Sendai in northern Japan, about 230 miles north of Tokyo, and triggered a tsunami 30 feet high. It was the largest earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history, and the fifth-largest worldwide since ...

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