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March 27, 2013
This is what Namie-machi, a deserted town next to the Fukushima nuclear plant, looks like these days. Google’s Street View cars were able to get a first-hand look. (via TechCrunch)

This is what Namie-machi, a deserted town next to the Fukushima nuclear plant, looks like these days. Google’s Street View cars were able to get a first-hand look(via TechCrunch)

19:36 // 1 year ago
April 22, 2012
Japanese tsunami debris washes up in U.S.: A number of items washed away by last year’s deadly Japanese earthquake and tsunami were recovered in Washington state’s Olympic National Forest during an annual beach clean-up. “A majority of the pile is water, pop, juice bottles with Japanese stamps, marks and labels,” said volunteer Martha Anderson, who took the above photo. Click for more.

Japanese tsunami debris washes up in U.S.: A number of items washed away by last year’s deadly Japanese earthquake and tsunami were recovered in Washington state’s Olympic National Forest during an annual beach clean-up. “A majority of the pile is water, pop, juice bottles with Japanese stamps, marks and labels,” said volunteer Martha Anderson, who took the above photo. Click for more.

18:58 // 2 years ago
March 11, 2012

Europeans reflect on the Japan tsunami with anti-nuclear protests: ”Anti-nuclear protesters took to the streets in Germany, France and Belgium to mark the one-year anniversary of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. Protesters called for a reduction in the reliance on nuclear energy.” (AP video)

20:46 // 2 years ago
I’ve been looking at the pictures on TV all day and still can’t believe we lived through it. There was a power cut and no heating, and I couldn’t call anyone after my baby was born because the phones were down. And we didn’t even know what was going on in the nuclear plant.
Japanese earthquake survivor Kaori Naiji • Discussing the deadly incident, which took place one year ago today. Naiji’s daughter, Wakana, was born during the earthquake, which unleashed a major tsunami on the country. Thousands spent the day mourning the lost and protesting the scene at Fukushima, which left the country on eggshells for months afterwards. What do you remember most about the period? Do you expect to see anything like it again in your lifetime?
20:28 // 2 years ago
July 9, 2011
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued, and then lifted, a tsunami alert after the 7.1 magnitude quake which hit the same area that was devastated by a massive quake and tsunami on March 11. Officials said a 10 cm wave had been recorded.
Latest Reuters update on the Japan earthquake and tsunami; looks like Japan dodged a bullet, guys.
23:11 // 3 years ago
22:46 // 3 years ago
Sunday’s quake registered 4 on the Japanese scale of 7, meaning it was felt as moderately strong. Because of the damage from the March quake and tsunami, however, many buildings in the area are structurally weak and seawalls have been destroyed, making the region more vulnerable to relatively weaker quakes.
From AP story on Japan quake; while the quake was weaker, it’s important to keep in mind the buildings are, too.
22:31 // 3 years ago
Japan Meteorological Agency’s map of where the tsunami is expected to hit at the moment. The tsunami is expected to be half a meter in height. (EDIT: NHK is reporting that the tsunami has hit land at Ofunato — but only at roughly 3 inches. We’ll keep an eye on it, but it’s possible Japan has dodged a bullet.)

Japan Meteorological Agency’s map of where the tsunami is expected to hit at the moment. The tsunami is expected to be half a meter in height. (EDIT: NHK is reporting that the tsunami has hit land at Ofunato — but only at roughly 3 inches. We’ll keep an eye on it, but it’s possible Japan has dodged a bullet.)

21:48 // 3 years ago
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, public broadcaster NHK said. The area was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March which destroyed the Fukushima power plant and triggered a radiation crisis.
Reuters report on the Japan earthquake (they say it’s a 7.3 magnitude, though USGS says it’s 7.0 and we’re also hearing reports of a 7.1 magnitude quake).
21:39 // 3 years ago
Japan quake on Google Maps: As you can see, it’s off the coast of Sendai and Fukushima, much like the March 11th earthquake. 

Japan quake on Google Maps: As you can see, it’s off the coast of Sendai and Fukushima, much like the March 11th earthquake. 

21:34 // 3 years ago