Virginia Nuclear Plant Not Built to Withstand Last Week’s Earthquake

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 8:50 am

It appears that the inland waterways, particularly in Vermont, bore the worst hardship from Hurricane Irene, with flooding of areas that were probably less equipped to deal with such things than coastal regions. The amount of rain tacked on to an already wet August was too much for many tributaries to bear. The damage is [...]

Cantor: Poor People’s Heating Oil Assistance Will Have to Pay for Earthquake and Hurricane Relief

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 10:54 am

That’s the implication of the House Majority Leader’s statement that Congress has to “find the money” for federal aid for natural disasters: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor assured his constituents on Wednesday that Congress “will find the monies” to assist earthquake victims in Mineral, Virginia – but the Republican lawmaker noted that “those monies will [...]

Highly Radioactive Water Leaking from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Into Pacific Ocean

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 5:06 pm

The latest news in the efforts to stop a catastrophic event at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is that highly contaminated water has pushed through a crack in the No. 2 reactor, and is leaking into the ocean. Officials at the plant tried to use an absorbent powder, sawdust and even shredded newspaper [...]

Possible Breach in Japanese Nuclear Reactor Leads to More Evacuations

By: Friday March 25, 2011 8:45 am

After several days of positive signs, the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has taken a clear turn for the worse. Now there is a suspected breach in one of the nuclear reactors, which could leak radioactive material. A suspected breach in the reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, [...]

Lack of Leadership, Elite Failure Crippling Rescue Efforts in Japan

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 6:10 am

The military airdrops of seawater onto the Fukushima Daiichi plant continued throughout the day today, and Tokyo Electric Power Co. was nearing completion on a new power line that would restore the cooling systems in the reactors. The outlook remains bleak after a week of crisis, but Japanese officials appear to have settled on a [...]

Japanese Emperor Goes on Television to Address Subjects on Nuclear Crisis

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 6:50 am

They don’t bring out Japan’s head of state for just any reason. Japan’s Emperor Akihito has said he is “deeply worried” about the crisis his country is facing following last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. In an extremely rare appearance, the emperor went on live TV to make his first public comments on the disaster, and [...]

Japan Faces Multiple Challenges In Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami

By: Monday March 14, 2011 6:10 am

This interactive map from the New York Times of key cities in Japan before and after the earthquake and tsunami is one of the more horrifying things I’ve seen in recent memory. You can scroll the bar back and forth and just see towns eaten alive by the onrush of water. I think we’re only [...]

Japanese Nuclear Plant on High Alert

By: Friday March 11, 2011 6:21 am

The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan today has put one of their nuclear power plants on high alert. Japan has told the U.N. nuclear wathchdog that a heightened state of alert has been declared at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after Friday’s major earthquake, the Vienna-based agency said. The International Atomic [...]

US, International Aid Not Reaching Haiti

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 11:08 am

Six months after a devastating earthquake, and one of the worst natural disasters in terms of casualties in history, Haiti has still not received many of the financial commitments pledged by the rest of the world. Canadian reporter Isabel Macdonald writes for the Huffington Post that international donors have almost entirely not made good on [...]

Obama Administration Grants Temporary Protected Status To Haiti

By: Friday January 15, 2010 3:13 pm

This is positive. Responding to activist and Congressional calls for granting Temporary Protected Status to Haiti in the wake of the massive earthquake, the Obama Administration has done so. The Obama administration says it will allow Haitians already in the U.S. illegally to remain because of this week’s catastrophic earthquake. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano [...]

Dealing With The Broader Dynamic In Haiti

By: Thursday January 14, 2010 1:18 pm

President Obama pledged $100 million dollars in the first round of relief for the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti. And they are not alone. Text-message donations have grown to over $2 million dollars, the biggest such campaign of its kind (texting “Haiti” to the number 90999 donates $10 to the Red Cross; it shows up on [...]

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