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May 31, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
A few days after Japan's magnitude 9 earthquake struck, physician Munetaka Ushio was making his rounds visiting patients when he felt the unnerving sensation of the earth moving beneath his feet. Dizzy and unsettled, he fell into a chair and waited out what he thought was another of the hundreds of aftershocks that have rocked Japan since the disastrous March 11 earthquake and accompanying tsunami. "I felt something was shaking. I didn't know whether it was an aftershock or if my mind was playing tricks on me," said the 38-year-old ear, nose and throat specialist at Tokyo Medical Center.
April 17, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The soggy carpeting has been thrown away, the damaged furniture discarded. The beaches are being rebuilt, and the landscaping redone. Hawaii continues to recover from the effects of the tsunami triggered by the 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, which, in turn, prompted President Obama to declare parts of the state federal disaster areas. But the bigger question, some say, is whether the decrease in the number of Japanese visitors will cause a financial seismic shock that may prove more difficult to overcome for a state just beginning to recover from the recession.
April 8, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
Although the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has not yet been stabilized, there is no evidence that overheating during the last month has resulted in any melting of the reactor vessels or their containment structures, Obama administration officials said Thursday. If that assessment is correct, then significant additional releases of radioactivity into the environment will be limited, and emergency crews should have a far better chance of preventing further damage to the plant's reactors.
April 7, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
A magnitude 7.1 aftershock struck northeastern Japan late Thursday night, prompting a brief tsunami warning for areas already ravaged by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to the nation's meteorological agency. The Japanese Meteorological Agency warned of tsunami heights of up to 6.6 feet in Miyagi prefecture and slightly less than 2 feet in nearby prefectures. The tsunami warning was lifted after 90 minutes. Japanese media reported that the Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi lost two of three external power systems following the aftershock but still had power from one source.
March 24, 2011 | From Times wire reports
The northeastern part of Myanmar was hit with a magnitude 6.8 earthquake Thursday night. One woman was reported killed when a roof collapsed in Chiang Rai. The quake was felt in Bangkok, 480 miles to the south of the epicenter, where buildings reportedly swayed. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was six miles deep and that it is possible that 600,000 people could feel shaking anywhere from strong to violent and that damage could be widespread. Thai television showed people running into the streets in their pajamas.
March 21, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
First a massive earthquake and a devastating tsunami. Now a battle with an out-of-control nuclear reactor facility. How much can one people take? Though there's obviously a limit to what anyone can bear, cultural features of a society can clearly influence psychological resilience, experts say. As the tragedy drags into a second week, they warn that prolonged stress will lead to heightened trauma for many Japanese people and that levels of sadness...
March 16, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
As dozens of aftershocks continued to rattle Japan on Tuesday, scientists said they were worried that Friday's magnitude 9 earthquake might trigger a dangerous temblor close to Tokyo, the largest urban center in the world. The fear is that the initial quake and the series of large aftershocks will transfer geophysical stress into nearby faults, causing some near Tokyo to shift violently, said Michael Wysession, a seismologist at Washington University in St. Louis. Photos: Scenes of earthquake destruction Already, the pattern of aftershocks in Japan appears to be shifting southward toward Tokyo from off the coast of Sendai, 231 miles away.
March 13, 2011 | By Barbara Demick and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Aftershocks continued to jolt Japan as rescue efforts increased Sunday morning following Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The island nation had experienced more than 275 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater as of Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. Of those aftershocks, 27 have been magnitude 6 or greater, USGS records show. "And that could change. We have more every hour," said Dale Grant, a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.
March 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The death toll from Japan's 8.9-magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that followed will likely increase Saturday, as rescue efforts continue to be hampered by aftershocks and damaged infrastructure, according to a United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs situation report. Japanese authorities had mobilized thousands of troops for the rescue effort Saturday, according to the report, with more than 300 planes and 40 ships conducting air and boat rescues. However, the report noted that "continued aftershocks and tsunami are hampering rescue efforts.
March 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Japan continued to be rocked by aftershocks Saturday following Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The nation has experienced more than 154 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater since the earthquake, according to Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake information center in Golden, Colo. Of the aftershocks, 27 have been magnitude 6 or greater, Caruso said. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Caruso said it was difficult to determine how long the aftershocks will last.
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