March 14, 2011 |
An international aid effort swelled Monday to help Japan deal with the trio of catastrophes that have mired the country in sorrow and fear. More than 90 nations have offered assistance in searching for survivors and extracting the dead from Friday's magnitude 8.9 earthquake, the devastating tsunami it spawned and the threat of radiation contamination emanating from three damaged reactors in the hard-hit northeast. The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan arrived in Japan to augment a fleet of U.S. naval vessels deployed to help with air rescue operations and to ferry relief supplies to the hundreds of thousands displaced by the disasters.
March 14, 2011 |
The enormity of the human toll from Japan's worst earthquake in recorded history pressed persistently into the consciousness of the island nation's rattled citizens as rescue workers extracted thousands more bodies from the coastal wastelands that were once thriving communities. More than 1,000 bodies washed ashore Monday in Miyagi prefecture, the northeastern area hardest hit by the magnitude 8.9 quake that struck offshore on Friday and the devastating tsunami it triggered. Search-and-rescue crews, now finding few survivors among the waterlogged debris, extracted about 2,000 corpses on the fourth day of the disaster that Prime Minister Naoto Kan has proclaimed Japan's greatest national tragedy since World War II. Confronted with an escalating threat from three reactors at a nuclear power plant damaged by the earthquake, Kan's government turned to the International Atomic Energy Agency with an appeal for "expert missions" to help avert major releases of radioactivity.
March 13, 2011 |
Friday's earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan was upgraded to a magnitude 9.0 by the Japan Meteorological Agency, the Kyodo News agency reported Sunday. The agency's scientists probably had access to new data, said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough. "If they've upgraded, I expect USGS might follow suit," she said, adding that it was not unusual for magnitudes to move up or down by 0.1, because large earthquakes can be tricky to measure. "It's not surgical precision," she said.
March 13, 2011 |
The number of missing and feared dead in Japan's epic earthquake soared Sunday as a reeling nation struggled to contain an unprecedented nuclear crisis, pluck people in tsunami-inundated areas to safety, quell raging blazes and provide aid to hundreds of thousands of frightened people left homeless and dazed. A police chief in the battered Miyagi prefecture told disaster relief officials that he expected the death toll to rise to 10,000 in his prefecture alone, the Kyodo News Agency said.
September 17, 2006 |
Typhoon Shanshan, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, battered Japan's southern Ryukyu island chain, and the Kyodo News service reported two people died after heavy downpours triggered a landslide. The storm was forecast to continue north toward Japan's southwestern main island of Kyushu, where it could make landfall as early as Monday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The storm disrupted flights and shipping in the region.
September 22, 2001
Japan's Meteorological Agency said a small underwater volcanic eruption took place near the island of Iwo Jima, 800 miles south of Tokyo, where the U.S. military has been holding exercises. "I would describe it as a small-scale volcanic activity," said Keiji Doi, a senior scientific officer for the agency, adding that there were no reports of damage on the island. U.S. military exercises that had begun in the area continued.