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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:35 am 
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There is already a thread dedicated to prayers for those suffering in the aftermath of the March 11th Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami, here:

viewtopic.php?f=43&t=3513

This thread is for news reports.

This morning there are accounts of serious problems at a nuclear power plant damaged by the quake:

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la- ... 2351.story
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12720219
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/ ... 6720110312

The disaster has killed at least 1000 people in Japan:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/ma ... ad-missing
http://www.reuters.com/news/video/story ... oChannel=1


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:11 am 
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Scroll down the page to where the map is, click on the image of earth to see a collection of photographs.

http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail. ... 110311_008

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:35 pm 
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Japanese town has 9,500 missing after twin disasters
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011 ... quake.html

"The death toll in northeast Japan after a powerful earthquake and tsunami could rise dramatically, with news that about 9,500 people are unaccounted for in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture."


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:51 pm 
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Video of the explosion at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. Japanese and foreign media report that this the reactor core is still containing most of the radioactivity, thankfully --


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:14 pm 
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It appears that this affects the entire globe - as the earth's axis has shifted somewhat - there is a video at this link also showing the aftermath.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiap ... th/?hpt=T2


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:24 am 
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I guess my trip to Kyoto-Nara-Koyasan/Osaka this weekend until near month end should be ok right? :shrug:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:45 pm 
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plwk wrote:
I guess my trip to Kyoto-Nara-Koyasan/Osaka this weekend until near month end should be ok right? :shrug:


If you can get a flight, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't go. I would.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:14 pm 
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plwk wrote:
I guess my trip to Kyoto-Nara-Koyasan/Osaka this weekend until near month end should be ok right? :shrug:


The Kansai area is not really affected by the earthquake as it is about 800km from the epicenter, so it's safe to come.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:00 pm 
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Such a terrible disaster It would be nice if everyone recited the Heart Sutra at least once to clear obstacle for them...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:27 am 
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Have a look at the seventh photo in this series.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/Gal ... story.html
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Residents who lost their houses eat cup noodles at their community centre organized evacuation centre near a devastated area hit by an earthquake and a tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan, March 17, 2011.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Galle ... z1Gz9dIzs9



The caption misses the photographers point. Chopsticks are never put in a cup like that unless an offering for the dead is intended.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:45 pm 
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If you'd like to help materially, here is a Japanese NGO that has been recommended to us. Evidently they're doing good work on the ground... and their website is legible in English.

http://www.jen-npo.org/en/

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Pair found in rubble in Ishinomaki
Monday, March 21, 2011
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110321a5.html

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi Pref. (Kyodo) An 80-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy were rescued from a demolished house in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sunday, nine days after the magnitude 9 quake and ensuing tsunami devastated the area, local police said.

Sumi Abe and her grandson Jin, who were taken to Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital, sustained no injuries, although Jin is suffering from hypothermia, the police said.

During the search for survivors in the city, four local police officers found the boy on the roof of the demolished house calling for help. They later found the woman after the boy told them she was in the house.

The boy said they had been stranded at the house since the quake hit on March 11 and survived by eating yogurt and drinking water and Coca-Cola stored in the refrigerator.

No. of dead or missing tops 20,000
Sunday 20th March, 08:15 PM JST
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/360000-evacuees-endure-cold-weather-no-of-dead-or-missing-nears-20000

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The number of dead and missing from last week’s devastating earthquake rose to 20,999 as of Sunday 8 p.m.—8,277 confirmed deaths in 12 prefectures and 12,722 unaccounted for in six prefectures, according to the National Police Agency.

The death toll is expected to top 15,000 in Miyagi Prefecture alone, the local police chief said Sunday. ‘‘Bodies washed away by the tsunami will be recovered by the thousand per day from now on,’’ Miyagi prefectural police chief Naoto Takeuchi said at a meeting.

About 35,500 evacuees continued to endure cold weather at makeshift shelters in 15 prefectures, including Tokyo, as relief materials such as blankets arrived in Japan from overseas.

The relief supplies from 14 economies included 25,000 blankets from Canada, 30,000 packets of boil-in-the-bag fried rice and 230,000 water bottles from South Korea and 500 power generators from Taiwan, according to Japanese authorities.

The evacuees included 20,000 residents from areas near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, who have moved to seven other prefectures such as Niigata, Yamagata and Tochigi.

In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, Mayor Koki Kato was found dead Saturday, prefectural officials said. The mayor had been missing since being washed away by the tsunami during an emergency meeting held shortly after the March 11 2:46 p.m. quake.

Crematoriums in disaster-hit areas are having trouble handling work due to overcapacity and a lack of fuel, prompting some municipalities to allow burials out of hygienic consideration, including the city of Higashimatsushima, Miyagi.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:47 am 
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This is messed up.

So okay, I know life goes on, and not everyone needs to share the same concerns worldwide, but as early as late last week -- with seven days of the event -- the massive tsunami story in Japan began slipping off the top of the headline news at Google (don't know about other places). Past question, there is a war unfolding in Libya and I think it right and proper that that story is raising a great deal of concern.

But --

But as early as last week, the tabloid drivel on Charlie Sheen began nudging out the news of the disasters in Japan, even during days when it was still uncertain if there would be a full melt down at the THREE heavily damaged reactors.

So okay. I know the world goes on and on, and that news is driven by the latest hot topic, but CHARLIE SHEEN!!! WTF!

Doesn't Google use some fancy schmantzy algorithms or something? -- aren't they supposed to be world-famous for this stuff? Can't they figure out that most people living in the Far East don't even know who Charlie Sheen is?

Here's a list of the current top stories from Google news. For several days now I have had to do a special search for news on Japan. There are 10s of 1000s of stories on the events there, but none is a "top story"??? Radioactive steam is being vented into the atmosphere and the reactors's spent fuel tanks are leaking into the Pacific Ocean... more than 300,000 remain homeless... 1000s of dead are washing up on the shore in some districts...

Google news says, today's tops stories are:

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Barry Bonds
Kobe Bryant
New York Knicks
Muammar al-Gaddafi
Libya
Firefox 4
Search Engines
Train wreck
Syria
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:02 pm 
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This could be discouraging. But we can all maintain focus in places the media lights do not shine. We need not let our attention be guided to the topics the international media think we should be paying attention to. As in medtitation, we have only to choose a point of focus and keep returning to it despite distractions.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:32 am 
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Quite true. Occasionally I am still appalled by the nonsense that passes as "news" these days, but then I am not naive about such things so perhaps I shouldn't be.

A story on mass burials (cremations are now impossible due to the large numbers of dead) at the devastated town of Higashi-Matsushima --

As Tsunami Robbed Life, It Also Robs Rite of Death
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/world ... tml?src=me

On relief work in Japan by the Buddhist charity, Tzu Chi --

Charity knows no limits when disaster strikes
http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201103210099.html


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Radiation warnings on food and water
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12825342


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Informative article on the plight of Japan's aging population & the dire economic situation in the Tohoku region and in Japan more broadly --

Special report: After the disaster: Japan's age-old problem
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/ ... geNumber=1


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Japan Earthquake: Two Weeks Later

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011 ... er/100034/

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Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation From Reactor Area

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/world ... ml?_r=1&hp

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