March 13 Sunday - 3

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quote LA Times
The death toll from the 8.9-magnitude quake and associated tsunami reached 680 Saturday and may reach 1,000, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. According to official figures, 642 people are missing and 1,426 injured.
Officials in Miyagi prefecture said 10,000 residents, more than half the population of the town of Minami-Sanriku, couldn't be located after the earthquake, NHK reported. They reported that an estimated 4,000 people were stranded at evacuation centers in the northern city of Sendai, about 193 miles north of Tokyo, without food, water or heat.
More than 215,000 people were living in 1,350 temporary shelters in five prefectures, the national police agency said.

Officials try to calm residents wary of a possible radiation leak -- or worse -- at the Fukushima power plant, which lost its cooling system in Friday's massive earthquake.
The outer walls of the Fukushima power plant's No. 1 reactor were blown off by a hydrogen explosion Saturday, leaving only a skeletal frame. Officials said four workers at the site received non-life-threatening injuries.
The inner container holding the reactor's fuel rods is not believed to be damaged, said Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, and workers were cooling the facilities with seawater.
"Tokyo Electric Power Co. has confirmed that the inner reactor is undamaged," he added. "There was no massive release of radiation."
source : www.latimes.com/news


福島第一原子力発電所 TEPCO
explosion at the power plant
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And a new threat emerged, as Japan's nuclear power safety agency said another reactor at the stricken plant had lost its cooling system and urgently needed water. The number of people exposed to radiation from the plant could reach 160, it said.
An official at the agency said it has rated the incident at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) nuclear plant a 4 according to the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES).
source : news.yahoo.com



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Officials ordered the evacuation of a 20-km (12-mile) radius zone around the plant and 10 km (6 miles) around another nuclear facility close by. Around 140,000 people had left the area, the IAEA said, while authorities prepared to distribute iodine to protect people from radioactive exposure.
"Crisis management is incoherent," blared a headline in the Asahi newspaper, charging that information disclosure and instructions to expand the evacuation area around the troubled plant were too slow.
In Europe, environmentalists seized upon the accident to press demands for an end to nuclear power. Up to 60,000 protesters formed a 45-km (27-mile) human chain in Germany to denounce the government's policy of extending the life of nuclear plants.
source : news.yahoo.com


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The quake also created problems for the manufacturing sector, with Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. all announcing they would idle all or most domestic production facilities Monday due to difficulty in procuring assembly line components.

The amazing power of the quake was made clear by the US Geological Survey (USGS), which said the main island had moved eight feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

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A municipal official in the town of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture said, ''More than 90 percent of the houses in three coastal communities have been washed away by tsunami. Looking from the fourth floor of the town hall, I see no houses standing," Kyodo reported.

The quake also created problems for the manufacturing sector, with Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. all announcing they would idle all or most domestic production facilities Monday due to difficulty in procuring assembly line components.

The amazing power of the quake was made clear by the US Geological Survey (USGS), which said
the main island had moved eight feet (2.4 meters)
and shifted the Earth on its axis.
source : www.news.com.au/world



From the WKD Library

Footage on Japanese TV showed that the walls of the reactor's building had crumbled, leaving only a skeletal metal frame standing. Puffs of smoke were spewing out of the plant in Fukushima, 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Iwaki.

. Explosion at Japan nuke plant, disaster toll rises  


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Sunday March 13

Matsushima ya ...

We saw a helicopter fly over the army facilities, many airplanes were washed out of the hangar, some standing on the runway with debris on them, some rammed into the barracks at odd angles.
Soldiers were using brooms to clean the runway.

Still no coverage of the temples of Matsushima.

One note about Hiraizumi ... no major damage.


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