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3 years on: Events, questions mark Fukushima anniversary

By Tue, Mar 11, 2014 6:00AM UTC 15 Comments

Three years ago an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck off the east coast of Japan. The Tōhoku quake was the fifth most powerful earthquake ever recorded and the strongest ever to hit Japan. The resultant tsunami triggered the world’s most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Powerplant experienced level 7 meltdowns, “major incidents” according to the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES)....

‘Sayonara nukes': Thousands protest ahead of Fukushima anniversary

By Mon, Mar 10, 2014 2:55AM UTC Comments Off on ‘Sayonara nukes': Thousands protest ahead of Fukushima anniversary

TOKYO (AP) — Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster....

One year on: Is Tokyo still waiting for the Big One?

By Mon, Mar 12, 2012 6:18PM UTC 1 Comment

Maybe the Fukushima earthquake wasn’t the worst of it, writes Asia Sentinel’s Todd Crowell A year after the disastrous Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami devastated the northwest coast, wiping out villages, killing an estimated 20,000 people and precipitating multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo’s 35 million residents are getting a severe...