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Mar 13, 2011

Special Report: Can Japan find “New Deal” after triple whammy?

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima is built on the shoreline in northeast Japan. So when an 8.9 magnitude earth quake struck on Friday, the tsunami waves it spawned — as tall as a house and speeding like a jet plane — washed right over the reactors and put them at risk of a meltdown.

Engineers were dousing the plants with seawater in a desperate effort to prevent a calamity on Sunday, even as the government evacuated 140,000 from the area after radioactive steam was released from the stricken plant.

Mar 12, 2011

Japan’s quake toll set to exceed 1,000

TOKYO (Reuters) – A devastating tsunami triggered by the biggest earthquake on record in Japan looked set to kill at least 1,000 people along the northeastern coast on Friday after a wall of water swept away everything in its path.

The government warned there could be a small radiation leak from a nuclear reactor whose cooling system was knocked out by the quake. About 3,000 residents in the area some 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo had been moved out of harm’s way.

Mar 12, 2011

Daybreak reveals huge devastation in tsunami-hit Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan confronted devastation along its northeastern coast on Saturday, with fires raging and parts of some cities under water after a massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed at least 1,000 people.

Daybreak was expected to reveal the full extent of the death and damage from Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the 10-meter high tsunami it sent surging into cities and villages, sweeping away everything in its path.

Mar 12, 2011

Japan warns of radiation leak from quake-hit plants

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan warned of a possible radiation leak on Saturday as authorities battled to contain rising pressure at two nuclear plants damaged by a massive earthquake, but said thousands of residents in the area had already been moved out of harm’s way.

Pressure was building in reactors of two plants at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima facility, located some 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo. At one of them, the Daiichi plant, pressure was set to released soon, which could result in a radiation leak, officials said.

Mar 11, 2011

Huge tsunami kills hundreds in Japan, sweeps across Pacific

TOKYO (Reuters) – The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan rocked its northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that killed hundreds of people and swept away everything in its path.

Thousands of residents near a nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, were told to evacuate as a precaution after the 8.9 magnitude quake, but the government said no radiation was leaking.

Mar 11, 2011

Huge tsunami slams Japan, sweeps across Pacific basin

TOKYO (Reuters) – The biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began 140 years ago struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire.

The Red Cross in Geneva said the wall of water was higher than some Pacific islands and a tsunami warning was issued for the whole of the Pacific basin, except for the United States and Canada, but Hawaii ordered the evacuation of coastal areas.

Mar 11, 2011

Japan super quake, tsunami terrify tremor-prone nation

TOKYO (Reuters) – Even in a nation accustomed to tremors, Friday’s massive earthquake in Japan, and the tsunami it triggered, were terrifyingly different.

Roiling water swept away homes, highways and the cars driving on them as waves 10 metres high hit the country’s northeastern Pacific coast after the magnitude 8.9 quake, the biggest in nearly a century and a half.

Mar 11, 2011

Super quake, tsunami terrify tremor-prone nation

TOKYO (Reuters) – Even in a nation accustomed to tremors, Friday’s massive earthquake in Japan, and the tsunami it triggered, were terrifyingly different.

Roiling water swept away homes, highways and the cars driving on them as waves 10 meters high hit the country’s northeastern Pacific coast after the magnitude 8.9 quake, the biggest in nearly a century and a half.

Mar 11, 2011

Huge tsunami slams Japan, at least 5 dead

TOKYO (Reuters) – The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-meter tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, cars and farm buildings on fire.

At least six people were killed, five in Fukushima prefecture north of the capital, Tokyo, where four million homes were without power, and one in eastern Tochigi prefecture, media said. A hotel collapsed in the city of Sendai and people were feared buried in the rubble.

Mar 11, 2011

Huge tsunami slams Japan after 8.9 quake, at least 5 dead

TOKYO, March 11 (Reuters) – The biggest earthquake to
hit Japan in 140 years struck the northeast coast on Friday,
triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its
path, including houses, cars and farm buildings on fire.

* At least six people were killed, five in Fukushima
prefecture north of the capital, Tokyo, where four million homes
were without power, and one in eastern Tochigi prefecture, media
said. A hotel collapsed in the city of Sendai and people were
feared buried in the rubble.

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