A 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan, strongest in the country's history. The Sendai earthquake is the fifth largest in the world since 1900.
A powerful tsunami that earthquake created was bad for Japan but for the rest of the world it hasn't done much damage. Although for example on the coast of California it was causing damage in site of a deadly tsunami four decades ago Crescent City, Santa Cruz and other parts of Northern California. But this is not as bad as in Japan.
There is passenger ship and train flushed in to the ocean among cars boats and other stuff like that. There is many fires/floods going on and nuclear power plants have been shut down. One big steel factory and oil refinery on fire near Tokyo. Many phone lines are down.
There is hundreds of death already and it is likely that the death toll passes 1000.
the pressure was rising at the Fukushima No 1 nuclear power plant after its cooling system failed. the government issued a state of emergency and 3,000 residents ware being moved out of the area. Pressure inside the reactor went up to 1.5 times the level considered normal and slightly radioactive vapor was released in order to reduce the pressure.
There is two workers missing at Fukushima No 1, and one is dead on the second.
The radioactive element in the vapor is not likely to affect to environment or peoples health. workers of the plant are trying to restore cooling water supply in there but it may take a while before they succeed.
President Barack Obama said that the situation is being watched closely.
The U.S. has send many U.S. military ships to move toward Japan. Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is on its way to provide assistance to the northeast coast of Japan, it should arrive in few days.
earthquake's are a bad thing for any countries, in Japan there is at least well prepared people and buildings compared to some poor countries. An earthquake like this in some other part of the world could have killed much more peoples and completely destroy buildings on large area.
Japan has send 50000 rescuers to the Quake area. It is hard to get to the actual area thou in many places, and it has been impossible in some places so far.
Several countries have been sending many kind of help to Japan.
Industry is pretty much closed in Japan, in order to give workers time to check personal and other damages and due to the problems in all sector of business or life in general with that disaster.
Asian Champions League soccer games in Japan have been called off because of the Earthquake also concerts like Iron Maiden's that was suppose to be in Tokyo and other stuff like that has been cancelled.
In the nuclear power plant was explosion that damages the building and the radiation level went higher because of that. Four people also got hurt in that explosion. There was an after quake going on in time of explosion. Residents of that area has been evacuated from 20km area around that plant.
It seems that situation in the plant is getting better and once again under control, but it may still get worse. There is a risk of meltdown in there.
All together about 300.000 people have been evacuated in Japan due to the earthquake and things relating to that. The amount of dead or gone is now apparently something like 1700. But there is still huge amount of people that have not been reached by any means at all.
Oil price have been going down with this disaster, but it may ultimately go higher when energy production will be replaced with more use of oil.
the Shinmoedake volcano which is on Kyushu island, about 950 miles from the epicenter of Friday's earthquake, resumed activity after lying dormant for a couple of weeks. It is not sure whether this was due to the earthquake or just coincident.
In Japan almost 2 million households were without power in the freezing north and about 1.4 million were without running water. About 300,000 people had been evacuated nationwide as of Sunday. At least 20,820 buildings have been fully or partly damaged in areas that were effected by quake and tsunami.
The death toll is now 1,597, and hundreds are still missing. From the areas that got hit worst, there is expected to find up to tens of thousands of dead.
Nuclear reactors have been cooled with sea water in Fukushima No. 1, and things have remain like they were earlier , but there is now problems also in No. 3 where the sea water will also be used to cool core down. Otherwise things have been the same except that there is new nuclear power plan Onagawa with higher radiation, but that is likely to be from Fukushima by wind. Also the cooling system pump has stopped at the Tokai No.2 nuclear power plant, but the spare system is still working in there.
As the wind might turn to Tokyo the result in the future might be worst with any problems with nuclear plants.
Up to 160 people have been getting radiation with these nuclear plant problems so far.
Apparently the earthquake also shifted the Earth’s axis by about 10cm.
Situation with nuclear power plant have still been bad, even in the best case scenario there is huge damage happened for several units. that alone gives plenty of work even without future troubles.
Anyway it is real possibility to have more and even more serious troubles with these plants because there is a risk of serious meltdown sense the cooling system is based on the other than original equipment and there has been problems all the time.
There was also once again an explosion in a nuclear power plant, and walls of one unit have been taken of to avoid more explosions in the future.
the official death toll is now almost 1900. There is still tens of thousands unaccounted for.
Several emergency shelters are running out of food and fuel, and many people is out in the cold weather with no equipments and no food.
The death toll is now 3,373, and more than 7,000 remain unaccounted for.
Man was rescued in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, 96 hours after the quake, he was in a collapsed building.92 hours after the quake a 70-year-old woman was rescued in in Otsuchi Town, Iwate Prefecture, from the wreckage of her home. She suffers from hypothermia but is in stable condition. She is in Kamaishi City in hospital and is being treated.
China is the first government organising a mass evacuation of its citizens from Japan's northeast.
An 6.4 magnitude earthquake (The quake struck at a depth of 10km and was centered in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture) in Eastern Honshu (where power lines were downed and Six people were hospitalised for falls) overnight was not connected to the 9 magnitude earthquake on Friday.
Authorities have confirmed that the plant near that quake continues to operate safely. The Hamaoka nuclear power plant is sited around 100km from the epicentre. Units 1 and 2 are decommissioned, Unit 3 is under inspection and not operational, and Units 4 and 5 remain in safe operational status after the earthquake.
A no-fly-zone of 30km has been established around the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Also there is also evacuation warnings established within 10km of Fukushima Daiichi and three kilometres of Fukushima Daini by the Japan Coast Guard. In effect there is also an evacuation of the population from the 20-kilometre zone around Fukushima Daiichi.
With Fukushima there is even more problems than yesterday, one new explosion and radiation level has gone up, it is now making attempts to cool cores down harder.
Economy in Japan is going to take at least temporally hit from this, and that is a bad one.
The death toll is now over 4300, and 9000 is missing.
Problems with nuclear plants keeps getting worse.