March 14, 2011 |
The U.S. government reiterated a travel warning for Japan on Monday, urging Americans to avoid visits to the earthquake-stricken nation and providing guidance to the thousands of them living and working there in the midst of nationwide disruptions. "The Department of State requests all non-essential official U.S. government personnel defer travel to Japan and also urges U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time," said the message issued Monday from Washington.
March 21, 2011 |
When the earthquake struck Japan, Dr. Kozue Shimabukuro, a pediatric critical care doctor at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in Westwood, had a radical change of plans. A visit to family near Tokyo was scrubbed for a medical mission. Shimabukuro has joined a pediatric disaster relief team. On Monday, she talked about the work awaiting her as she prepared to leave Tokyo for Yamada in northern Iwate prefecture. Question: What will you be doing in Yamada? Answer: Yamada city is actually right by the sea, and it was hit pretty hard, one of the worst hit. Now that it's been already a week after the disaster, the rescue team has left.
March 11, 2011 |
Rescue workers traveling by helicopter have begun arriving in devastated areas of northeastern Japan, pulling up stranded residents from the aftermath of the fifth-strongest earthquake on record. The historic damage of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake was still coming into focus Saturday in Japan. Much of a coastal city seemed to have been swept away the day before. NHK TV broadcast helicopter footage of Minamisoma, which has a population of about 70,000 in Fukushima Prefecture on the eastern coast, showing much of the city reduced to concrete foundations.
February 11, 1995 |
Fifty years after the end of World War II, six former members of a biological warfare unit in the Japanese Imperial Army have come forward to tell of atrocities that included live human dissections. The new testimony comes in a 74-page book, "The Truth About Unit 731," published Friday by a small citizens' group in Japan's northern state of Iwate.
March 3, 1985 |
Two strong earthquakes, both with undersea epicenters, rocked the ends of the Japanese archipelago Friday, the Central Meteorological Agency said. National Police Agency officials said there were no reports of damage or casualties from either of the quakes, which occurred within six hours of one another. Officials of the meteorological agency said the first temblor struck at 5:57 a.m. off Amami-Oshima, an island north of Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa.
March 12, 2011 |
Earthquakes dwell deep in the Japanese imagination. No country may be better prepared for a major earthquake than Japan. Seismic standards for construction are among the strictest in the world. From a young age, Japanese learn to dive under desks to protect themselves in a quake. The nation has a state-of-the-art tsunami warning system. That preparation undoubtedly saved many lives Friday, when a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off Japan's main island, shaking buildings in a large swath of the country and sending a 30-foot tsunami onto a populated stretch of coast.