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The Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 in Japan
June 1, 2011 Comment

Japanese Pensioners Volunteer To Risk Lives At Fukushima

Japanese pensioners are volunteering to work at the Fukushima nuclear power plant to spare the young from the dangers of radiation.

May 13, 2011 Comment

Two Months After Disaster, Japanese See Slow Recovery

Two months after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, more than 100,000 people still live in evacuation centers, and there’s widespread debris across the northeast. See a slideshow.

May 9, 2011 Comment

Two Months Later: Japanese Children Back At School

The BBC’s Roland Buerk reports on how, two months after the earthquake and tsunami that caused at crisis at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in northeastern Japan, children are back at school.

May 6, 2011 Comment

Psychologists Fear Long-term Mental Health Toll In Japan

Survivors of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan showed great stoicism, following Japanese custom. But psychologists are now worried that not talking about the disaster could lead to long-term mental health problems.

May 5, 2011 3 Comments

Can Human Activity Cause Earthquakes?

Japanese officials are looking for ways to replace energy lost when the Fukushima Nuclear Plant was damaged in March’s earthquake and tsunami. But experts warn that developing some renewable energy sources, or natural gas could have unintended consequences: new earthquakes and tsunamis.

April 11, 2011 Comment

Japan, One Month Later

Another aftershock rocked Japan today, one month to the day since the devastating earthquake and tsunami killed more than 10,000 and left more than 100,000 homeless. We touch down in Kamaishi, on the northeast coast.

April 7, 2011 Comment

7.4 Aftershock And Tsunami Warning Rattle Japan

Japan was rattled by a strong aftershock and tsunami warning today nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast. We speak with an American living in Japan, who tells us what he’s hearing on the ground.

April 1, 2011 Comment

Japan’s Newly Homeless Continue To Make Do In Shelters

American Jonathan Levine-Ogura lives in Japan and tells us that people living in shelters now need things like shoes and schoolbags for kids going back to school next week after a break.

March 31, 2011 4 Comments

Anti-nuclear Activist In Japan Wonders:’Could We Have Done More’

Japan’s anti-nuclear activists are welcoming the news that Japan’s Prime Minister may reportedly scrap plans to build at least 14 new nuclear power plants. We speak with one activist who doubts the plants would have been built anyway, and describes how some in the movement fault themselves for not preventing the disaster.

March 29, 2011 Comment

Nuclear Crisis Puts Japan On ‘Maximum Alert’

Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, today said his country was on “maximum alert” as officials try to bring a nuclear crisis under control. His speech came after plutonium was found in soil samples near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

March 25, 2011 Comment

Japanese Officials Fear Possible Breach Of Reactor Core Vessel

The Japanese government is quietly encouraging a wider evacuation from the region around the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear plant as officials investigate evidence that a reactor core vessel at the plant might be damaged and leaking radiation.

March 25, 2011 Comment

Blogging From Japan

27-year-old American Jamie Rosenberg lived in northeast Japan for years, he’s back now helping with the relief effort, and giving us regular updates and photos.

March 23, 2011 Comment

Tokyo Warns Of Contaminated Tap Water

Authorities in Japan are warning people not to give tap water to infants in Tokyo, because of elevated levels of radioactive iodine. The government says the water is safe for adults, but some people are already starting to hoard bottled water.

March 22, 2011 Comment

The Grim Relief Effort Continues In Japan

Tens of thousands of people in Northern Japan are still homeless, and the humanitarian relief operation continues. We touch down in Takada in the north, where two thousand residents are estimated to have died in the disaster.

March 22, 2011 Comment

An American Revisits His Old Stomping Ground In Tsunami-Ravaged Japan

Jamie Rosenberg joins us after visiting the town of Shichigahama, Japan. Rosenberg lived and worked there for several years and traveled to Plymouth, Massachusetts, with representatives and students from Shichigahama.

March 22, 2011 Comment

H&N Blog: Letters From Japan

We’ve been reaching out to people in Japan affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami. Read emails from an American who has been unloading food and water from trucks in Kamaishi in northern Japan.

March 21, 2011 Comment

Workers Evacuated From Smoking Reactor Building In Japan

Workers at the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant were evacuated after reports of smoke coming from two of the troubled nuclear reactors. And Japanese government officials said today that more vegetables and water supplies, including Tokyo’s, may be contaminated by trace levels of radioactive iodine. We get an update on Japan’s nuclear crisis.

March 18, 2011 2 Comments

Japan Raises Severity Rating Of Country’s Nuclear Crisis

Japan’s nuclear safety agency announced it has upped the severity rating of the country’s nuclear crisis after discovering evidence of a partial meltdown. We get perspective from a nuclear power critic.

March 18, 2011 Comment

Where To Begin? Rebuilding Japan

When entire towns are washed away, how do you begin cleaning up and re-building? That’s the question facing Japanese authorities, who have to start the clean-up amid uncertainty over the fate of the country’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, disabled by last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

March 17, 2011 21 Comments

Japan Gets Desperate In Effort To Cool Nuclear Plant

Japanese officials suspended helicopter water dumps after the effort failed to cool overheated reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex disabled by last week’s earthquake and tsunami. We get some perspective from an expert who has worked at nuclear power plants similar to Fukushima-Dai-ichi.

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November 25 8 Comments

Lightening Up Traditional Thanksgiving Fare

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November 25 Comment

U.N. Envoy Calls For ‘Firing Freeze’ In Aleppo, Syria

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November 24 25 Comments

Jose Antonio Vargas May Soon Become Documented Immigrant

The activist and journalist is one of the undocumented immigrants expected to receive protection from deportation.

November 24 8 Comments

Doctor: Hard-To-Abuse Painkillers Won’t Fix Overdose Crisis

There's a question of whether the new technology of addictive painkillers will help stem the epidemic or help fuel it.