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Japan Tsunami: Country Marks One-Year Anniversary Of Disaster

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2012

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — For 70-year-old Toshiko Murakami, memories of the terrifying earthquake and tsunami that destroyed much of her seaside town and swept away her sister brought fresh tears Sunday, exactly a year after the disaster.

“My sister is still missing so I can’t find peace within myself,” she said before attending a ceremony in a tent in Rikuzentaka marking the anniversary of the March 11, 2011, disaster that killed just over 19,000 people and unleashed the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

Across Japan, people paused at 2:46 p.m. – the moment the magnitude-9.0 quake struck a year ago – for moments of silence, prayer and reflection about the enormous losses suffered and monumental tasks ahead.

Japan must rebuild dozens of ravaged coastal communities, shut down the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and decontaminate radiated land so it is inhabitable again.

These are enormous burdens on a country already straining under the weight of an aging, shrinking population, bulging national debt and an economy that’s been stagnant for two decades.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reminded the Japanese people that they have overcome many disasters and difficulties in the past and pledged to rebuild the nation so it will be “reborn as an even better place.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tsunami Science: National Geographic Magazine Looks At Where And When The Next Wave Will Hit (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 2, 2012

Japan is one of the world’s best-prepared countries when it comes to earthquakes and tsunamis,according to National Geographic. Tsunami detectors monitor water pressure deep below sea level and provide early warnings. Buildings are equipped to absorb arge shocks, many coastal towns are shielded by high seawalls, and established evacuation routes lead to safe buildings.

Yet the consequences of a tsunami as powerful as the one that hit the country last March are devastating.

“The fundamental problem is not that scientists don’t know enough, and it’s not that engineers don’t engineer enough. The fundamental problem is that there are seven billion of us, and too many of us are living in places that are dangerous,” Kerry Sieh, director of the Earth Observatory at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, told the magazine. “We’ve built ourselves into situations where we simply can’t get away. And I think this will be a century of paying the consequences.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Japan Robots To Farm Tsunami-Damaged Zone

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 6, 2012

In a region of the world that’s down on its luck, robots are stepping up to the plate to save Japan’s ravaged agricultural production. At least that’s what the ministry responsible for the experiment hopes the “Dream Project” will accomplish. After the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan in March, the government is trying out a new project to help rejuvenate the struggling sector.

 

According to AFP, Japan is planning to spend $52 million in the next 6 years to instate robots on farmland decimated by floodwater from the tsunami. The robots will work the fields and box crops when they are ready for harvest.

 

Last month, the Japanese government revealed that plans to decommission the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant will take at least 40 years. New kinds of robots also will be needed to remove melted fuel from the plant.

 

It remains to be seen how successful the farming initiative will be; it may be too late for robots to come to Japan’s rescue. As The Japan Times notes, many expected robots to be deployed immediately after the disaster, and were disillusioned by the immediate response to the damaged reactors at Fukushima.

 

Still, it’s been a big year for robots in Japan — they’ve also shown their prowess at pouring drinks,climbing ladders, and washing hair.

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Japan Earthquake: Magnitude 7.0 Temblor Hits Off Japan’s Pacific Island

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 1, 2012

TOKYO — A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck under the sea south of Japan on Sunday, shaking buildings in the capital but causing no apparent damage or tsunami.

The quake struck near the uninhabited island of Torishima in the Pacific Ocean, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Tokyo, and its epicenter was about 370 kilometers (230 miles) below the sea, the Meterological Agency said. It did not generate a tsunami.

Buildings in the Tokyo area shook, but no damage or injuries were reported. Express trains in northern and central Japan were suspended temporarily for safety checks but later resumed.

No abnormalities were reported at power plants, including the crippled nuclear power plant in northeast Japan hit by the March earthquake and tsunami, public broadcaster NHK reported.

A massive earthquake and tsunami March 11 left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing. Japan, which lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” is one of the world’s most seismically active countries.

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Year In Review: 2011’s Biggest Events

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 24, 2011

 

When Mohamed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian fruit seller, set himself on fire toward the end of December 2010, he did so out of economic despair and outrage over rampant corruption in his native Sidi Bouzid.

In 2011, the world saw protest movements that demanded an end to that inequality. Bouazizi became a symbol for millions of people around the world who found themselves similarly facing daily government oppression and misrule. “The people want the downfall of the regime” became a slogan that united people across Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

Protests toppled leaders that previously had seemed untouchable — Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Tunisia’s Zine Abidine Ben Ali and Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile, the brutal crimes of the governments of Syria and Bahrain captured headlines worldwide and rose to the top of the international agenda.

In the United States, activists in New York’s Zuccotti park launched a protest movement that challenged corporate culture and the unequal division of wealth. Protesters questioned the foundations of the global economic system and defended the rights of “the 99 percent.”

Natural disasters continued to wreak havoc around the world, with floods in the Philippines killing nearly one thousand, devastating earthquakes in Turkey killing hundreds as buildings collapsed, and the worst earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan’s history creating a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The United States claimed the deaths of al Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and the American, radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

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Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan Says He Will Consider Resigning

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2011


Just to complain is not a problem, but it was unbearable tragedy.
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Japan Earthquake 2011: Cabinet Approves Nearly $50 Billion In Spending For Post-Earthquake Rebuilding

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 22, 2011


This wonderful country spoiled a lot due to this dreadful tragedy, however; this country will be able to do everything to bring the country in a normal stage soon.
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Japan Evacuation Zone: Government Expected To Extend Evacuations Over 18 Miles

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 11, 2011


Radiation could have not only the immediate impact but also long-term impact.
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Operator Of Japan Nuclear Power Plant Says Radiation-Tainted Water Has Stopped Leaking Into Ocean

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2011


Todays good news. World leaders must take lesson from this accident and we world citizen must give pressure to world leaders to be serious with nuclear plant.
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Japan Nuclear Crisis: Radioactive Water Leaks Into Sea From Crippled Plant

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2011


This is really terrible.
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Japan Nuclear Plant’s Power Lines Reconnected

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 23, 2011


Very sad news.
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Japan’s Earthquake and the Will of God

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 22, 2011


That will of God was due to our activities in some extent.
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Japan Death Toll Estimate Rises Over 18,000, Rebuilding May Cost $235 Billion

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2011


One of the biggest tragedy in the history
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Dog Guards Injured Dog In Aftermath Of Japan’s Disaster (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 18, 2011


They are better than some selfish people who have nothing to think rather than themselves­. They think they are everything and ruining the society.
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Japan Earthquake 2011: Nuclear Battle May Take Weeks, Says U.S.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 17, 2011


If this problem will be sorted out in a week. that is also good.
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