While the earthquake and tsunami in Japan killed about 20,000 people, radiation from the nuclear plant has not killed anyone so far, and experts suggest that the doses were too small to have much effect.
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan on Wednesday commemorates the fourth anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away thousands of victims and sparked a nuclear crisis, while survivors are still struggling to recover from the tragedy.
TOKYO — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan’s northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the quake struck early Saturday 10 kilometres (6 miles) below the sea surface off the coast of Fukushima, northeast of Tokyo.
The agency issued tsunami advisory along the Japanese northern coast.
Public broadcaster NHK says the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is checking if there is any damage from the quake.
IWAKI Japan (Reuters) - Like many of her neighbours, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago.
Ishinomaki (Japan) (AFP) - Britain's Prince William on Sunday made a pilgrimage to port communities devastated by a huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, receiving origami paper cranes from survivors before the fourth anniversary of the disaster.
Japan's nuclear regulator said on Thursday that elevating safety culture to international standards will “take a long time." That assessment came days before new rules take effect that aim to avoid a repeat of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred in March 2011.
An earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people and triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years when the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant was destroyed, leaking radiation into the sea and air.
Japan upgraded its nuclear emergency to a maximum seven on an international scale of atomic crises on Tuesday, the first time the ranking has been invoked since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.News of the raised alert comes as the country's nuclear safety watchdog saidthat radiation emissions equivalent to 10 percent of Chernobyl have leaked from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.The incident at the facility was sparked by last month's earthquake and tsunami, which killed more than 13,000 people, with around 14,500 people still missing.
Back in December 2012, we wrote that it was only a matter of time before Japan's criminal lying about the radioactive exposure in the aftermath of the Fukushima catastrophe caught up with it, as well as with countless numbers of people who would soon succumb to radiation induced cancers and other diseases.
Three years ago today, Japan saw a trifecta of catastrophes beginning with the Tohoku earthquake, then a devastating tsunami, and finally the second-worst nuclear accident in history. What followed is one of the largest and most ambitious cleanup efforts ever.