On March 11th 2011, the tectonic plates along the Japan Trench (represented by the cover of the wooden box) experienced a slip at 2:46 p.m., which precipitated the chain of disasters within the Tohoku region of Japan. The slip resulted in a 9.0 magnitude eartquake that released six hundred million times the amount of energy of the Hiroshima bomb. The strength of the earthquake caused Earth's axis to shift ten inches, altering time and shortening days. The earthquake also triggered the Tohoku Tsunami, which began with the trough that exposed the floor of the ocean and then cascaded into a huge water surge onto more than three hundred miles of shore. The tsunami began with a white crest that turned to black—a black that swallowed up entire towns and buildings, inundated the coast, and took 15,893 lives. The sequence of disasters continued at the coastal Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. There, six nuclear reactors underwent four nuclear meltdowns and three hydrogen explosions (shown in sequence and position, after the power plant map, through the bleeding ink spots), contaminating the environment with more than twice the amount of radioactive material the government had initially reported. Japan was in a state in between death and rebirth, known as bardo to Buddhists—an intermediate transitional state of existence.