Videos World — 12 March 2011

This Youtube video clip comes from Russian TV and Japanese news sources.

Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, Day Two, midday sitrep

The 8.9 level earthquake which hit Japan yesterday has devastated the northeast part of the country is the worst-ever quake  in Japan’s recorded history. The quake damage itself was severe, but it was followed by a major tsunami which swept in from the sea within minutes, flooding cities and washing away towns, houses, fishing boats and motor vehicles.

There is no exact death toll yet because rescue efforts are only just beginning. Authorities know several hundred people are dead, and Japanese media is suggesting that up to a thousand have probably been killed… but the cold hard facts make it likely the final death toll will be higher still.

Japan has declared an atomic emergency over its nuclear power plants which automatically shut down when the quake shook them. However, some of the plants had no electric power to cool their core nuclear reactors, and these have been damaged in at least two reactors at the Tokyo Electric Power Company facilities at Fukushima, about 160 miles north of Tokyo.

The Japanese have sent a team from their Self Defense Forces to “investigate” the nuclear reactors, and reports suggest that radiation in one of the power stations is 1000 times higher than normal. Residents within a 3 km radius have been advised to evacuate the area, and people living from 3 to 10 kms away have been told to stay indoors.

President Obama has promised Japan all the help it needs and has ordered 8 US Navy ships to head for Japan within hours. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is already on its way. Others are being diverted from areas around the Pacific.

Tsunami alerts issued last night warned more than 20 countries to beware of freak waves, but so far there has been little damage. There could still be problems on the west coast of South America, because the danger is not yet over.

Japan’s infrastructure has been crippled by the quake and the tsunami, with railway lines and most highways closed if not damaged. Four million households were reported to be without power, and in Tokyo, millions of city office workers spent the night either in their offices or in the streets of the greater Tokyo area because they could not get to their homes.

Many were unable to contact their families or relatives either, because the telephone and cellphone systems were already impacted and could not cope with demand.

Editor’s note: This sitrep is now out of date. An up to date news report has been posted for you on NEWS.


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David Harvey left school at 17 and went straight into newspapers as a cadet reporter. (He also a keen photographer and learned both trades.) He worked as a photojournalist in Hong Kong and as a war correspondent in Vietnam during the war. He moved to Australia in the late 1970s and got involved in I.T. during the mid-80s. This website is his latest venture here, combining news-gathering with the power of the internet. See: news-reporter

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