Vast devastation, search for survivors after Japan quake
More than 1,000 feared dead in northeast — most from the tsunami that followed record 8.9 temblor
Some residents rescued after spending night atop building
Emergencies at nuclear reactors as cooling fails
200 to 300 bodies found in one coastal city after tsunami
At least 90 fires in northeast Japan
More than 100 aftershocks
TOKYO — A day after the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Japan struck the northeast coast, unleashing a 23-foot tsunami that swept hundreds to their deaths and washed away buildings, rescuers fanned out Saturday to search for survivors and victims.
The death toll from Friday's massive magnitude 8.9 quake stood at more than 200, but an untold number of bodies were believed to be lying in the rubble and debris...
fifthchamber wrote:Hey guys...(And girls!)
Yeah, internet is off and on, and electricity might go out in Tokyo from evening on I've heard..I'm shutting down all non-essential stuff and keeping the PC on only..Although internet isn't 100%.. Water is back on now, and it seems mostly okay? Last night was hectic though.. I was caught at school with a load of kids who couldn't get in touch with parents, and teachers who couldn't help...Scary stuff..The building was shook so bad the lights were hitting the roof... Crazy to see.. My house is okay, a few things toppled but I have nothing too tall so mostly decent still... Still aftershocks hitting us, and earlier there was another quake reported just north in Niigata prefecture...
Tonight will be more tense than last night I think..All the build up this time doesn't help...And they think the chances of a larger quake hitting the Kanto plain are high now..As well as the Nuclear plant malfunctions to worry about...Talk about stressful...
On a slightly lighter note...The jacket keeps you waaaaarm! And the hat helps to stop more heat loss...And the shoulder bag is PERFECT for essentials..So..I'm not lost yet!
Core of quake-damaged reactor partially melts
Seawater being poured into reactor to cool it; evacuation perimeter extended to 12 miles
The core of a nuclear reactor damaged by Friday’s massive earthquake has partially melted, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said Saturday, and the company that runs the plant is pouring seawater into the reactor in an attempt to cool it and prevent it from going critical.
An explosion at the same facility, TEPCO's Fukushima No. 1 plant, destroyed the exterior walls of the building, but officials said the blast did not breach the steel housing enveloping the reactor...
"Meltdown Caused Nuke Plant Explosion: Safety Body," Sunday, March 13, 2011
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said Saturday afternoon the explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core.
The same day, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501), which runs the plant, began to flood the damaged reactor with seawater to cool it down, resorting to measures that could rust the reactor and force the utility to scrap it.
Cesium and iodine, by-products of nuclear fission, were detected around the plant, which would make the explosion the worst accident in the roughly 50-year history of Japanese nuclear power generation.
An explosion was heard near the plant's No. 1 reactor about 3:30 p.m. and plumes of white smoke went up 10 minutes later. The ceiling of the building housing the reactor collapsed, according to information obtained by Fukushima prefectural authorities.
At a news conference Saturday night, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano discounted the possibility of a significant leak of radioactive material from the accident. "The walls of the building containing the reactor were destroyed, meaning that the metal container encasing the reactor did not explode," Edano said.
The amount of radiation detected inside the plant after 4:00 p.m. slightly exceeded the dose people can safely receive in a year, according to information obtained by the Fukushima prefectural government.
The No. 1 reactor shut down automatically soon after a massive earthquake hit the area Friday, but its emergency core cooling system failed to cool the reactor's core sufficiently.
NISA is affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
(The Nikkei March 13 edition)
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SENDAI, Japan — The death toll from Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami surged Monday when some 2,000 bodies were found on two shores in Miyagi Prefecture, the Kyodo News Agency reported.
About 1,000 bodies were found coming onshore on the Ojika Penninsula, and other 1,000 were spotted in the town of Minamisanriku, where the local government had been unable to locate about 10,000 people, or over half the population, Kyodo said.
Japan struggled Monday to prevent a nuclear catastrophe and to deliver food and water to hundreds of thousands of people, three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the nation with what the prime minister described as its worst crisis since World War II....
Japan 'overwhelmed by the scale of damage'
1,000 bodies are found scattered across coastline; body bags, coffins in short supply
AJO, Japan — A tide of 1,000 bodies washed up along the coastline on Monday, crematoriums were overwhelmed and rescuers used chain saws to search for bodies, as Japan faced a mounting humanitarian, nuclear and economic crisis following the massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed thousands.
Millions of people were facing a fourth night without water, food or heating in near-freezing temperatures along the devastated northeast coast. Meanwhile, a third reactor at a nuclear power plant lost its cooling capacity, raising fears of a meltdown, while the Japanese stock market plunged over the likelihood of huge losses by Japanese industries including big names such as Toyota and Honda...
Meltdown threat rises at Japanese nuclear plant
SOMA, Japan – Water levels dropped precipitously Monday inside a stricken Japanese nuclear reactor, twice leaving the uranium fuel rods completely exposed and raising the threat of a meltdown, hours after a hydrogen explosion tore through the building housing a different reactor.
Water levels were restored after the first decrease but the rods remained exposed late Monday night after the second episode, increasing the risk of the spread of radiation and the potential for an eventual meltdown.
The cascading troubles in the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant compounded the immense challenges faced by the Tokyo government, already struggling to send relief to hundreds of thousands of people along the country's quake- and tsunami-ravaged coast where at least 10,000 people are believed to have died...
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