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The Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 in Japan

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Yasuteru Yamada, 72, is a retired Japanese engineer, who is organizing a group of pensioners like himself to work at the disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant, in an effort to spare younger workers from the dangers of radiation exposure.

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

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Friday, May 13, 2011
A child plays with a soccer ball in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP)

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.

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Monday, May 9, 2011
Elementary school children share a chuckle as they reunite for the first time since the March 11 earthquake at Masuda Nishi elementary school in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan. The words on the blackboard read "How have you been doing?" (AP)

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.

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Friday, May 6, 2011
A man expresses his feeling during a memorial service for the March 11 earthquake victims at Flora Memorial Hall in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP)

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.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011
The north side of the damaged reactor building of Unit 1 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP)

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.

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Monday, April 11, 2011
Japanese stop for a moment of silence at 2.46pm, exactly a month after a massive earthquake struck the area in the port town of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.(AP)

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.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011
People react in the street after a strong aftershock in Ishinomaki, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Friday, April 8, 2011. (AP)

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.

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Friday, April 1, 2011
Survivors take rest at a shelter in the tsunami-destroyed town of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan. (AP)

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.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
A woman holds a sign against nuclear power during anti-war and anti-nuclear march in Tokyo. (AP)

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.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo Friday. (AP)

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.

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Friday, March 25, 2011
Japan's Self-Defense Force's members and others in protective gear hold blue sheets as they help to transfer workers who stepped into contaminated water on Thursday during their operation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, at a hospital in Fukushima, northern Japan. (AP/Yomiuri Shimbun, Takuya Yoshino)

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.

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Friday, March 25, 2011
Baltimore native Jamie Rosenberg, who now lives in 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.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A man carries bottled water he got from a supply water tank in Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo, Japan, after the government issued a warning of elevated levels of radioactive iodine in tap water. (AP)

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.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
An evacuee mother receives emergency food aid at the evacuation center set up at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. (AP/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Jun Yasukawa)

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.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
American Jamie Rosenberg reunites with Fumiaki Watanabe. Rosenberg worked with Watanabe for three years, but hadn’t seen him in 8 months. (Jamie Rosenberg)

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.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Survivors pray for victims at the devastated city of Miyako, northeastern Japan. (AP/Yomiuri Shimbun, Naoya Masuda)

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.

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Monday, March 21, 2011
In this photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), gray smoke rises from Unit 3 of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP)

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.

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Friday, March 18, 2011
A satellite image shows Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan. (AP/DigitalGlobe)

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.

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Friday, March 18, 2011
Survivors use a plastic bucket to get water from a well at the devastated town of Yamada, northeastern Japan. (AP/Yomiuri Shimbun, Takashi Ozaki)

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.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. (AP/Kyodo News)

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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