Sun

15

Jan

2012

Study: US Deaths Tied to Fukushima Disaster Fallout

NOAA has run a numeric model for ocean surface currents to predict the movement of marine debris generated by the Japan tsunami over five years. The model measures the movement of surface currents, as well as the movement of what is in or on the water, 03
NOAA has run a numeric model for ocean surface currents to predict the movement of marine debris generated by the Japan tsunami over five years. The model measures the movement of surface currents, as well as the movement of what is in or on the water, 03

Study: US Deaths Tied to Fukushima Disaster Fallout

By PR Newswire  20 December 11

 

Impact seen as roughly comparable to radiation-related deaths after Chernobyl; infants are hardest hit, with continuing research showing even higher possible death count.


An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.

 

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Sat

26

Mar

2011

New Tsunami Pictures: Head-on View of Approaching Wave

The Calm before the Tsunami
The Calm before the Tsunami

Photograph by Sadatsugu Tomisawa, AP

 

In the first of a series of newly released pictures showing a Japanese shoreline before and during the recent tsunami, a beach in Fukushima Prefecture appears calm.

 

The tsunami, captured here by a researcher working on the coast, struck northeastern Japan after a magnitude 9 earthquake, nearly wiping away entire towns.

 

A tsunami isn't a tidal wave but a series of waves—or wave train—in which the first isn't necessarily the most dangerous. Seen from on shore, a tsunami may be more like a rapidly rising tide than a series of giant breaking waves.

 

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Tue

22

Mar

2011

Power restored at Fukushima plant

23-03-2011

Engineers racing to cool a stricken nuclear plant in Japan have partially restored power to one of the control rooms, as radioactivity in the sea fuelled anxiety over food safety.

 

An external electricity supply has now been linked up to all six reactors at the Fukushima power station, 11 days after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the ageing facility.

 

In another small step towards regaining control of the plant, the lights came back on in the control centre of the number three reactor, making it easier for workers toiling to get the vital cooling systems working again. The number three reactor is a particular concern because it contains a potentially volatile mixture of uranium and plutonium.

 

The progress on the electrical lines at the plant was a welcome and significant advance after days of setbacks. With the power lines connected, officials hope to start up the overheated plant's crucial cooling system that was knocked out during the March 11th tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan's northeast coast.

 

However, the operator, Tokyo Electric Power, warned that workers still need to check all equipment for damage first before switching the cooling system on to all the reactor units - a process that could take days or even weeks.

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Fri

18

Mar

2011

Timeline: How Japan's nuclear crisis unfolded

Japan's quake and tsunami sparked a major emergency at one of the country's nuclear power stations, amid meltdown fears
Japan's quake and tsunami sparked a major emergency at one of the country's nuclear power stations, amid meltdown fears

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tsunami resulting from magnitude 9.0 earthquake damages nuclear power plant in north-east Japan
  • The plants has suffered three explosions and two fires since the crisis began Friday March 11
  • IAEA says two workers are missing at the site and at least 20 have fallen ill due to possible radiation contamination

A timeline through March 17, 2011:  Click Here to see the article

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Sun

13

Mar

2011

Death Toll Estimate in Japan Soars as Relief Efforts Intensify

Parents look at the body of their daughter they found in the vehicle of a driving school in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture
Parents look at the body of their daughter they found in the vehicle of a driving school in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture

The New York Times

 

SENDAI, Japan — Japan faced mounting humanitarian and nuclear emergencies Sunday as the death toll from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami climbed astronomically, partial meltdowns occurred at two crippled plants and cooling problems struck four more reactors.

 

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Sun

13

Mar

2011

Japan Earthquake Shifted Coastline Maximum Of 8 Feet, Scientists Say

First Posted: 03/13/11 06:00 AM Updated: 03/13/11 01:15 PM
First Posted: 03/13/11 06:00 AM Updated: 03/13/11 01:15 PM

The Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- The massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Japan and triggered a powerful tsunami on Friday has had a profound effect on both the surrounding terrain and the planet as a whole.

 

Dr. Daniel McNamara, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told The Huffington Post that the disaster left a gigantic rupture in the sea floor, 217-miles long and 50 miles wide. It also shifted Japan's coast by eight feet in some parts, though McNamara was quick to explain much of the coast likely didn't move as far.

 

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Fri

24

Sep

2010

US Backs Japan Move To End Row With China

3pm 9/24/2010 New York USA time.  (AFP) – 1 hour ago

NEW YORK — The United States on Friday backed US ally Japan's decision to release a Chinese ship captain and end its row with China, expecting the move will "significantly reduce" tension in the region.

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Thu

23

Sep

2010

China<>Japan - President Obama's schedule for Sept. 23, 2010

From email received: info@messages.whitehouse.gov which contains the President's daily schedule.  The important parts are marked in red.  Are they connected with thread: China Takes a Sharper Tone in Its Dispute With Japan?

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Wed

22

Sep

2010

China Takes a Sharper Tone in Its Dispute With Japan

"...rapidly becoming the most serious territorial dispute..."

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Mon

20

Sep

2010

Chinese hold anti-Japan protests over boat dispute

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Thu

16

Sep

2010

China: 'Legal procedures' must end

By Bao Daozu, China Daily

 

BEIJING - The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday accused Japan of provoking a serious situation in bilateral relations and once again demanded the immediate return of the captain of a Chinese trawler, still illegally detained in the country.

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Wed

08

Sep

2010

What Is the NDM-1 Superbug? Drug-Resistant Health Threat Explained

Katie Drummond

Contributor

AOL News Surge Desk

(Aug. 11) -- A new, drug-resistant superbug has spread from India to the U.K., and health experts are warning that it could become a worldwide health hazard.

 

An enzyme called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, is the culprit in question. NDM-1 is found inside bacteria, like E. coli, and makes them extremely virulent and resistant to most antibiotics.

 

But how is the bacteria transmitted, and are Americans at risk? Surge Desk checks it out.

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Wed

08

Sep

2010

"Superbug" Gene Hits Japan

The Huffington Post 9/7/10

TOKYO — Japan has confirmed the nation's first case of a new gene in bacteria that allows the microorganisms to become drug-resistant superbugs, detected in a man who had medical treatment in India, a Health Ministry official said Tuesday.

The gene, known as NDM-1, was found in a Japanese man in his 50s, Kensuke Nakajima said.

Researchers say the gene – which appears to be circulating widely in India – alters bacteria, making them resistant to nearly all known antibiotics.

Drug-resistant bacteria are not new. Many bacteria are resistant to the world's first antibiotic, penicillin, as well as successive generations of drugs. Excessive use and improper use of antibiotics have exacerbated the problem and led to the emergence of superbugs.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy

NEW YORK TIMES

 

August 15, 2010

China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy

By DAVID BARBOZA

SHANGHAI — After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday.

The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.

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