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Japanese Tsunami 2011

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, claiming the lives of more than 15,000 people. It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world. In the aftermath, a state of emergency was declared following the failure of the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the evacuation of nearby residents. Radiation levels inside the plant were up to 1,000 times normal levels, and those outside the plant were up to eight times normal levels. 

Quake measuring 6.8 causes small tsunami on Japan's northeastern shores

Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant was an aftershock of the quake that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami.

Sunday, 13 July, 2014, 9:38am 1 comment

Japan marks third anniversary of tsunami, Fukushima nuclear crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary on Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead, destroyed coastal communities and triggered a nuclear crisis.

12 Mar 2014 - 10:00am

Scientists set sail for source of future quakes off Japan

The scientists aboard the deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu weighed anchor and are heading for a spot in the ocean off the Kii peninsula, southwestern Japan, and a fracture in the earth's crust known as the Nankai Trough.

14 Sep 2013 - 3:00am

Ship that symbolised devastation of Japanese tsunami broken up

Workers in Japan yesterday began scrapping a large fishing boat that was swept far inland by the 2011 tsunami and became one of the most poignant symbols of the disaster.

10 Sep 2013 - 1:46am

Japanese town votes to scrap fishing boat marooned by tsunami

A stranded fishing boat that became a symbol of the devastation of Japan's 2011 tsunami has long divided a northeastern coastal city - between those who wanted to keep it as a monument of survival and those who wanted a painful reminder gone.

14 Aug 2013 - 1:30am

Ex-boss of tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant dies of cancer

The former boss of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, who stayed at his post to try to tame runaway reactors after the 2011 tsunami, died of cancer yesterday. Masao Yoshida, 58, was at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) station on March 11, 2011, when towering waves swamped cooling systems and sparked meltdowns that released plumes of radiation. He was admitted to hospital in November.

10 Jul 2013 - 11:04pm 1 comment

Japanese earthquake and tsunami films

Japanese filmmakers reacted quickly to the disaster - but their angle of approach often differed from that of the local mass media, which tended to follow the government line, while taking care never to show the bodies of victims.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:47pm

Tsunami boat washed up in US found to have live fish on board

Since a tsunami struck Japan more than two years ago, a variety of debris has washed up on US beaches - including large boat docks and a soccer ball, found in Washington state's Olympic National Park, from the Otsuchi Soccer Club.

8 Apr 2013 - 4:45am

Tepco faces US$2b lawsuit as more US soldiers join action for Fukushima exposure

Tokyo Electric Power's bill for its Fukushima nuclear disaster may swell as more United States military personnel join a lawsuit charging the utility with lying about radiation levels they faced while assisting relief efforts after Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

19 Mar 2013 - 3:50am

Who said it?

They may develop and use some even more destructive viruses, something equivalent to nuclear bombs

Engineer Tang Wei on the future of computer hacking


There's so much about church that has nothing to do with God

Sanderson Jones, co-founder of London's atheist church


12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am

Survivors of 2011 Japanese quake and tsunami struggle to rebuild their lives

Two years after a quake and tsunami hit Japan's northeast, there is a fresh impetus to find the 2,676 people whose bodies have never been recovered.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:52pm

Japan's fault lines still a worry, two years after quake

Japan is in a cold burn now; cool on the exterior, simmering underneath. It's obvious in a geological sense; Japan sits above an unstable hot zone, but it's also a metaphor for a seemingly stable but deeply volatile and incendiary political system.

11 Mar 2013 - 9:01am

On eve of tsunami anniversary, protesters urge Japan to ditch nuclear power

Anti-nuclear rallies took place across Japan on Sunday on the eve of the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, urging Japan’s new government to abandon nuclear power.

Tens of thousands gathered in Hibiya park in central Tokyo, where activists and unionists packed a concert hall to voice their opposition.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Mystery gold gifts cheer Japan's tsunami-ravaged port Ishinomaki

A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami has received anonymous gifts of gold worth more than US$250,000 in a phenomenon dubbed a "goodwill gold rush", as the second anniversary of the disaster approaches.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:22am

Aftershocks hamper relief in tsunami-hit Solomons

A strong aftershock rattled the Solomon Islands on Friday, hampering relief efforts to tsunami-ravaged villages and forcing the South Pacific nation’s prime minister to forgo a visit to the stricken area where nine deaths have been confirmed.

8 Feb 2013 - 10:28am