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 [...]

Crescent City, CA Harbor Destroyed, At Least One Dead in Tsunami Surge

By: Friday March 11, 2011 12:39 pm

The destruction in Japan from today’s earthquake, apparently the largest in 1,200 years, is almost indescribable. The last I heard was that as many as 88,000 Japanese are unaccounted for. The official death toll so far is in the hundreds, but that’s sure to rise. And another fairly large earthquake – not an aftershock, a [...]

House GOP Budget Cuts Tsunami Monitoring Funding

By: Friday March 11, 2011 9:15 am

“The gig in Boston’s canceled. It’s OK, it’s not a big college town.” -Spinal Tap Days when you see horrible natural disasters are days when you recognize the importance of a national government prepared to respond. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan is no different, and for someone who lives in California AND about a [...]

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 [...]

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