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May 19, 2011
The scene of the tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi
TEPCO has released several photos of the catastrophic tsunami of March 11th, as it struck the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. They are perhaps somewhat instructive, as they highlight the intense level of natural abuse the plant took that led to this ongoing crisis. source
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TEPCO has released several photos of the catastrophic tsunami of March 11th, as it struck the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. They are perhaps somewhat instructive, as they highlight the intense level of natural abuse the plant took that led to this ongoing crisis. source

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18:32 // 3 years ago
April 21, 2011

What’s it look like inside Fukushima Daiichi? Well, at least some of it looks like this, This footage from TEPCO shows a couple of robots that are working in one reactor — even though it’s not especially illuminating from an information standpoint, it’s yet very haunting footage. source

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14:41 // 3 years ago
April 3, 2011

Unintended consequences, priorities complicate Japan crisis

  • action Lacking the ability to pump water through the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant as they usually would, workers were hosing in as much seawater as they could to try to cool the unstable fuel rods.
  • outcome This consequently left the plant covered in contaminated salt water, and has made it extremely difficult for those in the plant to work near the reactors, thus impeding the crisis control effort. source

»And don’t forget about Japan’s other problems: Prime Minister Naoto Kan was pretty unpopular prior to the earthquake and tsunami that decimated the country, and his abilities at crisis management haven’t escaped public criticism. Reuters reports that many Japanese are unhappy with the Prime Minister’s focus on the nuclear crisis, feeling that not enough attention is being paid to other pressing humanitarian tolls caused by the earthquake; the number of dead or missing currently sits at 28,000 people, though obviously that estimate is changing all the time. source

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14:27 // 3 years ago
March 15, 2011

At the water’s edge: Chilling new amateur video footage of the tsunami that swept away entire Japanese towns and villages. This seems as good a time as any to remind everyone of something we’ve mentioned frequently- if you’re going to donate, first of all, thank you, and second of all, do so intelligently. The idea of people trying to financially exploit natural disasters and human suffering is self-evidently disgusting, and as such informed decisions are important. (EDIT: idroolinmysleep notes that the BBC has a longer version of the clip.) source

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16:20 // 3 years ago

Subsequent quakes, aftershocks are keeping Japan understandably nervous

  • 2 more earthquakes struck throughout Japan on Tuesday source

» Obviously, they’re softer than the big one. That said, two more earthquakes (there have reportedly been dozens of lesser quakes and aftershocks since the 9.0 cataclysm last week) shook Japan Tuesday, clocking in at 6.1 and 6.2 on the Richter scale. The latter quake struck an area roughly seventy miles south of Tokyo, while the former hit about sixty miles from the Hamaoka Nuclear Plant, which as you might expect made people a little nervous. Hamaoka has, thankfully, been functioning properly and without incident since the quake, but with the myriad of tragedies and fears the Japanese people presently have, we somehow doubt any rumble has the capacity to feel minor anymore. Here’s hoping the ground will stay still for a while.

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14:25 // 3 years ago
February 19, 2011
So, we did have a right to be concerned that people would misunderstand our post about Libya and bit.ly and act like we were being flip when we really weren’t. However, the source for such concern hit the wrong target. Sorry notnadia. :/

So, we did have a right to be concerned that people would misunderstand our post about Libya and bit.ly and act like we were being flip when we really weren’t. However, the source for such concern hit the wrong target. Sorry notnadia. :/

16:06 // 3 years ago
January 28, 2011
Egypt’s situation completely screwed up beyond disrepair today
To be clear, a lot is happening in Egypt right now. It’s a giant mess, really. Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei is reportedly under house arrest, media outlets are getting attacked, security forces are attacking protesters, the internet’s OFF … pretty much every bad thing that could happen in a revolution is happening today. It’s very much a “where-do-we-start”-type of situation. There is no central point. It’s a lot of bad, everywhere. We’ll try our best to keep an eye on all this today. (tweet via @alaa, a South African who has been covering Egypt heavily) source
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To be clear, a lot is happening in Egypt right now. It’s a giant mess, really. Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei is reportedly under house arrest, media outlets are getting attacked, security forces are attacking protesters, the internet’s OFF … pretty much every bad thing that could happen in a revolution is happening today. It’s very much a “where-do-we-start”-type of situation. There is no central point. It’s a lot of bad, everywhere. We’ll try our best to keep an eye on all this today. (tweet via @alaa, a South African who has been covering Egypt heavily) source

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11:13 // 3 years ago