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Mar 21, 2011

For some Japanese, tsunami memories go back to 1933

OFUNATO, Japan, March 21 (Reuters) – Teru Suzuki, 86, says
only “destiny” kept her alive after last week’s magnitude 9.0
earthquake triggered the third big tsunami in her lifetime to
level her quiet fishing town in northeastern Japan.

Suzuki is one of a handful of elderly people in the area who
have rebuilt lives after a magnitude 8.1 quake in 1933, a
tsunami from the magnitude 9.5 Great Chilean earthquake in 1960
and a naval attack in the last days of World War Two.

Mar 20, 2011

Foreign aid promised for Japan quake zone, but where is it?

KAMAISHI, Japan (Reuters) – Scores of countries have pledged aid to the victims of Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami, but little of it can be seen in towns and villages devastated by the disaster. In some areas, as victims return to what remains of their homes, an Unorganized and often chaotic array of help awaits them — from boxes of donated clothes to free pet food.

The problem is finding it.

“Word of mouth seems to work best,” said Machiko Kawahata as she, her daughter and granddaughter looked for clothes at a drop-off point in Kamaishi, a coastal town in northeastern Japan.

Mar 20, 2011

Offers of foreign aid pour in for Japan quake zone

KAMAISHI, Japan (Reuters) – Scores of countries have pledged aid to the victims of Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami, but little of it can be seen in towns and villages devastated by the disaster.

In some areas, as victims return to what remains of their homes, an unorganised and often chaotic array of help awaits them — from boxes of donated clothes to free pet food.

Mar 17, 2011

Japan dumps water on reactor; tries to reconnect power

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese military helicopters and fire trucks poured water on an overheating nuclear facility on Thursday and the plant operator said electricity to part of the crippled complex could be restored in a desperate bid to avert catastrophe.

Washington and other foreign capitals expressed growing alarm about radiation leaking from the earthquake-shattered plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo. The United States said it was sending aircraft to help Americans leave Japan.

Mar 17, 2011

Japan dumps water on overheating reactor; tries to

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese military helicopters and fire trucks poured water on an overheating nuclear facility on Thursday and the plant operator said electricity to part of the crippled complex could be restored in a desperate bid to avert catastrophe.

Washington and other foreign capitals expressed growing alarm about radiation leaking from the earthquake-shattered plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo. The United States said it was sending aircraft to help Americans leave Japan.

Mar 17, 2011

Japan dumps water on reactor; U.S. sends planes for citizens

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese military helicopters and fire trucks doused an overheating nuclear plant with water on Thursday while the United States said it was sending aircraft to help Americans worried about spreading radiation leave the country.

Engineers tried to run power from the main grid to start water pumps needed to cool two reactors and spent fuel rods considered to pose the biggest risk of spewing radioactivity into the atmosphere.

Mar 17, 2011

Japan dumps water on reactor; US sends planes for

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese military helicopters and fire trucks doused an overheating nuclear plant with water on Thursday while the United States said it was sending aircraft to help Americans worried about spreading radiation leave the country.

Engineers tried to run power from the main grid to start water pumps needed to cool two reactors and spent fuel rods considered to pose the biggest risk of spewing radioactivity into the atmosphere.

Mar 17, 2011

Fears mount as Japan takes desperate steps to

TOKYO (Reuters) – Operators of a quake-crippled nuclear plant in Japan again deployed military helicopters on Thursday in a bid to douse overheating reactors, as U.S. officials warned of the rising risk of a catastrophic radiation leak from spent fuel rods.

While officials were scrambling to contain the nuclear crisis with a patchwork of fixes, the top U.S. nuclear regulator warned that one reactor cooling pool for spent fuel rods may have run dry and another was leaking.

Mar 17, 2011

Fears mount as Japan takes desperate steps to cool reactors

TOKYO (Reuters) – Operators of a quake-crippled nuclear plant in Japan again deployed military helicopters on Thursday in a bid to douse overheating reactors, as U.S. officials warned of the rising risk of a catastrophic radiation leak from spent fuel rods.

While officials were scrambling to contain the nuclear crisis with a patchwork of fixes, the top U.S. nuclear regulator warned that one reactor cooling pool for spent fuel rods may have run dry and another was leaking.

Mar 17, 2011

Global fears mount as Japan takes desperate steps to cool reactors

TOKYO, March 17 (Reuters) – Operators of a quake-crippled
nuclear plant in Japan again deployed military helicopters on
Thursday in a bid to douse overheating reactors, as U.S.
officials warned of the rising risk of a catastrophic radiation
leak from spent fuel rods.

While officials were scrambling to contain the nuclear
crisis with a patchwork of fixes, the top U.S. nuclear regulator
warned that one reactor cooling pool for spent fuel rods may
have run dry and another was leaking.

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