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The Quake: Tokyo Quiets Down

The giant TVs are silent, the neon lights dark and the bars of Tokyo half-empty. Two weeks after Japan’s deadly earthquake, the city that once never slept is learning to live with a new era of frugality. Many public escalators … Continue reading

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The Quake: The Reactors: A Status Report

CNN has an overview of what we know –and don’t know– about the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Status report: Reactor-by-reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant – CNN.com

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Radiation’s Most Immediate Effect: Panic Buying

A top Japanese official urged residents of the nation’s capital not to hoard bottled water Wednesday after Tokyo’s government found that radioactive material in tap water had exceeded the limit considered safe for infants. “We have to consider Miyagi and … Continue reading

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The Quake: Reactors Still Far From Stable

Time is now on the side of the engineers struggling to regain control of the reactors at the Fukishima complex. But that hardly means they can relax. Or WE can relax. Technicians working inside an evacuation zone around the stricken plant … Continue reading

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More Radiation Panic

As I predicted: more people are going to be hurt by iodine than by radiation. I really really should be selling placebos. (Or red wine. See this post) As workers struggle to contain the fallout from the crippled nuclear plant in … Continue reading

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The Quake: Finally, Some Good News from the Reactor

Workers are close to restoring power to cooling systems at a quake-hit Japanese nuclear power plant, officials say. Engineers connected a cable through which they hope to supply electricity to part of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. BBC News – Japan: … Continue reading

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The Quake: Before and After, from National Geographic

  Zoom in and out of satellite pictures of Japan before and after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake spawned a deadly tsunami on March 11. Japan Tsunami, Before & After: Zoomable Satellite Images  

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