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# Japan Earthquake

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Japan hit by series of earthquakes and 1-metre tsunami
No reports of injuries although the location of quake, off the coast of Sendai and Miyaki prefecture, raised ghost of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Tuna fish carried radiation from Fukushima to the United States
Scientists say the bluefin tuna absorbed radioactive cesium from swimming in contaminated waters and feeding on contaminated prey such as krill and squid.
'Ghost ship' from Japan tsunami spotted off Canada
The fishing vessel has spent the last year drifting all the way across the Pacific with nobody on board.
A year on, €5bn donated but lack of 'master plan' to rebuild Japan criticised
Of that donation, €1 million has come from Ireland, we’ve been looking at the aid situation in the earthquake and tsunami hit east coast one year on and how the money has been spent.
Silence and prayers mark anniversary of Japanese tsunami
The earthquake killed more than 19,000 people, and 300,000 are still in temporary housing.
Nine months on, Japan says Fukushima nuclear plant is stable
Experts have noted the plant remains vulnerable to more problems and it will take decades to decommission following March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.
Japan lifts Fukushima evacuation order for 59,000 residents
Locals have been told they can return – but radioactive elements have been found in soil up to 80km from the plant.
As world remembers 9/11, Japan marks six months since earthquake and tsunami
The magnitude-9.0 earthquake produced the sort of devastation Japan hadn’t seen since World War II. The tsunami that followed engulfed the northeast and wiped out entire towns.
Gallery: Japan's tsunami repairs, six months on
Sunday marks the six-month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed tens of thousands. The repairs are ongoing.
Japan set for sixth prime minister in five years as Naoto Kan resigns
The decision has been widely expected amid plunging approval ratings following the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Column: ‘The very mention of nuclear power sends people into a flutter’
After Fukushima, nuclear power has become a bogeyman – but we shouldn’t dismiss it out of hand, writes physicist David Robert Grimes.
Fatal radiation levels at Fukushima now 'off the scale'
Levels of radiation in some areas of the plant are so high they would be lethal within one hour.
Authorities may limit access to Fukushima evacuation zone
People with houses within the exclusion zone around Fukushima I have been returning home, against government orders.
Japanese baseball opens to relief and cheers
“I think this is going to be a healing process” – first pitch this morning signals return to normal life, officials hope.
Fukushima nuclear alert raised to maximum level 7
Japan’s nuclear regulator raises its alert warning from level 5 to 7 – putting the Fukushima crisis on a par with Chernobyl.
Japan rattled by new 6.6 aftershock
Electricity cut to reactors at Fukushima nuclear plant but back-up supply has kicked in.
Japan earthquake sends bulls and bears running as stocks plummet
Stocks plummeted on Wall Street today after a 7.1 quake stuck off the northern coast of the country.
Tsunami alert lifted after 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan coast
No major damage or injuries reported so far, while no additional problems are reported at nuclear facilities.
Fukushima owners begin 'condolence money' payout for radiation damage
Tokyo Electric Power Company’s share price reaches an all-time low after the company pledges to cover evacuation costs.
Op-ed: An earthquake devastated Haiti - but so too did poverty
On the day that Haiti announces preliminary results from last month’s presidential election, the Director of Trocaire reflects on how the country can be helped to equip themselves against future tragedy.
Plutonium found in soil outside stricken Fukushima reactor
The presence of the highly radioactive element in the soil confirms damage to reactor number 3, where it was housed.
Fukushima radiation recordings were ‘an error’, operators say
Recordings that suggested the level of radiation was ‘ten million times’ higher than normal were erroneous, TEPCO says.
Three Fukushima workers hospitalised with skin lesions
Staff working to try and restore power to the Fukushima cooling systems are hospitalised after major radiation exposure.
Weather will determine if Fukushima radiation reaches Ireland
Ireland’s nuclear watchdog says atmospheric pressure will determine whether trace amounts of radiation will reach our shores.
Tokyo tap water too radioactive for children - reports
Water supplies contain more radioactive iodine than is safe for young children to drink – as black smoke emerges from Fukushima.
Engineers continue Fukushima struggles as more smoke emerges
Steam-like vapours emerge from one reactor, while hazy smoke emerges from another, as workers restore power to the plant.
End in sight for Fukushima fears - as engineers ponder burying stricken plant
Engineers relay new power lines to the stricken nuclear plant – as operators admit they may simply bury it under concrete.
Japan's Emperor: Fukushima nuclear crisis 'causes deep worry'
In a rare TV appearance, Japan’s Emperor Akihito admitted he was “deeply worried” by the crisis facing his country.
Fukushima staff evacuated after major radiation surge
The operators of the troubled Fukushima I power plant pull all staff out of the plant following a spike in radiation levels.
Pool of spent nuclear rods ‘exposed to open air’ at Fukushima reactor
The fire at reactor 4 was caused by an explosion that tore an 8-square-metre hole in the walls – exposing rods to the outside.
Coolant in fourth Fukushima reactor might be 'boiling away'
Spent fuel is usually kept in a containment pond – but that’s beginning to evaporate away, causing further risks in Japan.
Radioactivity released after third explosion at Fukushima plant
A blast at reactor 2 may have damaged the nuclear core, authorities say, with emissions now strong enough to harm humans.
Nuclear rods melting inside three Fukushima reactors, Japan admits
The nuclear cores at reactors 1, 2 and 3 are all now believed to be melting, after cooling systems at all three failed.
Japan's horrific tsunami: before and after
Our gallery of Japan’s coastal cities before and after Friday’s tsunami underlines the true extent of the country’s devastation.
Second explosion at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant
Two days after the first explosion, a second hydrogen blast strikes the nuclear plant – as 2,000 bodies are found in Miyagi.
The Daily Fix: Sunday
24 more hours pass on Planet Earth – here’s what’s been going on, and some other bits you might have missed.
Japanese authorities declare state of emergency at second nuclear plant
The lowest state of alert has been declared at the Onagawa nuclear plant, while the cooling system fails at another facility.
Japanese PM: Crisis is worst to face Japan since WW2
Naoto Kan says 100,000 troops are being deployed to Japan’s stricken areas, as estimates say damages could reach €29bn.