Ship in Storm – level 2
A Japanese cargo ship was on its way to Japan when a storm started in the Pacific Ocean. Some people said that the waves were about 16 meters high.
The ship was carrying containers that were full of things. More than 1,800 containers fell in the sea, and 60 of them were full of dangerous goods like fireworks and batteries. The disaster was the second biggest disaster in history.
The worst shipping disaster in history happened in 2013, when a cargo ship with 1,700 containers sank in the Indian Ocean. A fire destroyed 2,400 containers.
On December 8, the ship arrived in Japan for a safety check. Authorities will decide if it is safe to use the ship again.
Difficult words: cargo ship (a big ship that takes things from one place to another), container (a box that people use to take things from one place to another), safety check (when people look at something very carefully to see if it is not damaged or dangerous).
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