World News for Schools:Mon 14 Mar

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Hi there, I'm Ore from the BBC World News for Schools. It's Monday the 14th of March.

Coming up:

  • We hear from listeners in Japan, following the earthquake.
  • A fox gate-crashes a major rugby match.
  • And there's victory for Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup.

But first, more than 10,000 people are now thought to have been killed by the massive earthquake that hit Japan on Friday. Most of those deaths occurred in coastal towns in the north of the country but the quake was felt across large parts of Japan. 15 year old Mayumi is one of our listeners from Tokyo. She told us how she was on the train home from school when the earthquake hit...

CLIP: "The train stopped, I was so scared, my legs were shaking and I was about to cry"

Mayumi says even now they're feeling very powerful aftershocks...

"Now I'm safe and I'm with my family, but I'm still extremely nervous because the ground is always shaking."

Mayumi's not the only listener to have had a really scary experience. Hitomi also e-mailed us from Tokyo. She was in a shop when the quake hit and says parts of the store's chandeliers started falling down. But even though it was frightening, Hitomi says things are much worse for those in the north of the country and she hopes people will do everything they can to help them. Another listener, Amartya says he and his classmates had to take cover under their school desks, and Cecilia - who was in a swimming pool when the tremor started - says she and her swim team mates had to run outside. Thanks for sharing your experiences guys.

In Japan, rescue workers are still battling through the wreckage, trying to find survivors - but to add to the country's worries, there've been a number of explosions at a nuclear power station. There could be major health worries if radioactivity leaks out, so thousands of people have been moved from the site and tests are being carried out on anyone who's been near it.

OK, some other news now. At the Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh have beaten the Netherlands by six wickets in Group B of the competition...

CLIP: "Gone into the crowd and Bangladesh six wickets." "Two clouts to finish the game, a four and a six!"

It now means that England will go out if they lose to the West Indies on Thursday. Meanwhile in Group A, Pakistan had Zimbabwe reeling at 96-5 before heavy rain stopped play.

And finally, to the latest star in the world of Rugby. No not an ace player, but a fox called Grant. The little fella wandered onto the pitch during an England versus Scotland 6 Nations match. He was eventually rounded up but not before taking a very thorough look around the ground...

CLIP: "And that is a fox on the pitch at this moment, and it had honestly been around all day and they've been chasing it around. We think it's called Grant. It actually went up into our commentary position, so we've been calling it the fox in the box."

And for today's question we want to know who wrote the famous children's book, Fantastic Mr. Fox?

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow.




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