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The Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 in Japan
March 16, 2011 Comment

Plymouth, Massachusetts Reaches Out To Japanese Sister City

Residents in Plymouth, Mass. are trying to communicate with survivors and friends in the town’s Japanese sister city, Shichigahama, which was devastated by the earthquake.

March 16, 2011 3 Comments

As Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Intensifies, What Are Radiation Risks?

Japan’s defense ministry now says it has decided against dumping water from helicopters onto the most badly damaged reactors at a nuclear plant, because radiation levels are too high. But emergency workers who were pulled out of the site when radiation levels soared today are being sent back in, after emissions dropped to safer levels. We find out about the risks of radiation poisoning.

March 15, 2011 2 Comments

Japanese Government Mounts Massive Relief Effort

Japan’s government has dispatched 100,000 troops to lead the aid effort after an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis have left more than 500,000 people living in temporary shelters.

March 15, 2011 3 Comments

Aftershocks Rattle Earthquake And Tsunami Stricken Japan

As Japan struggles to deal with a nuclear crisis and humanitarian disaster following last week’s earthquake and tsunami, strong aftershocks shook the country today. We check in with two people in Japan.

March 15, 2011 3 Comments

Nuclear Crisis Deepens In Japan

Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly earthquake and tsunami.

March 14, 2011 Comment

U.S. City Fears For Its Sister In Japan

Riverside, California and Sendai, Japan, the largest city in the area hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami, have been sister cities since 1957 and have maintained close cultural ties since then exchanging students, baseball teams and museum exhibits. We speak with Riverside mayor Ron Loveridge about how the city is responding to the tragedy.

March 14, 2011 Comment

Japan Grapples With Aftermath Of Massive Earthquake

Before last Friday, Minamisanriku was a lively port at the heart of the mountainous Miyagi prefecture, with a population of about 17,000. But the earthquake struck just 80km from the town, and the resulting tsunami devastated the town, leaving much of the population unaccounted for.

March 14, 2011 Comment

Japanese Scramble To Stop Possible Meltdown At Nuclear Power Plants

Japan is bracing for a third possible explosion at its troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Two hydrogen explosions have already rocked the plant, injuring several workers. Water levels dropped severely at another reactor, completely exposing the fuel rods and raising the threat of a meltdown, which happens when the fuel pellets get so hot, they burn through the containment structures.

March 11, 2011 2 Comments

Historic Earthquake And Tsunami Slam Japan

A 23-foot tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. See a slideshow of photos from Japan.

March 11, 2011 Comment

Japan’s Architecture Built To Withstand Earthquakes

President Obama assured Japan that the U.S. “stands ready to help,” as the country recovers from the largest earthquake in its history that caused widespread destruction and fatalities. Many experts believe the damage could have been worse, if not for the advanced structure of the buildings in Japan.

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