Japan: Death toll expected to exceed 10,000
Northeastern Japan has been hit by a tsunami reaching 10 meters high in some areas that were caused by an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale. The confirmed death toll has exceeded 900 with more than 10,000 missing and feared dead.
The official death toll is 688, with up to 300 bodies more waiting to be identified. More than 1,500 have been injured.
Officials in the Miyagi prefecture have declared that almost 10,000 residents missing in the town of Minamisanriku are feared dead.
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Inside Minamisanriku: ‘Some kind of Armageddon’
Channel 4 News on Mar 13, 2011
Channel 4 News correspondent Alex Thomson reaches one of the most devastated places in Northern Japan, just along the coast from here, where over half the population are feared dead as a town is swept away. .
Footage of Japan’s devastating tsunami
Myla Morales on Mar 12, 2011
New pictures are emerging of the moment the tsunami struck northeastern Japan.
Terrified residents rushed to the safety of higher ground and watched houses being crushed like tin cans and cars washed away.
Rescue teams are searching for the missing along hundreds of kilometers of coast.
They’re combing through towns and villages that have been reduced to splinters.
Al Jazeera’s Azhar Sukri reports. AlJazeeraEnglish on Mar 12, 2011
Second Reactor In “Partial” Meltdown! At Japanese Nuclear Power Plant
MOXNEWSd0tCOM on Mar 12, 2011
March 12, 2011 KONG TV News
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Inside Story: Japan
FauzInfoVids on Mar 17, 2011
The government insists the country’s nuclear crisis has been contained but conflicting reports are emerging.
The authorities are still battling to contain the nuclear events in Fukushima Prefecture that came in the wake of the country’s largest recorded earthquake.
There are conflicting accounts of the radiation levels being measured in the vicinity of the Fukushima Daiichi plant – where sea water is being injected into at least two of the reactors in an attempt to prevent the nuclear fuel from melting as the temperature continues to rise.
There was an explosion at the plant’s number one reactor on Saturday – but the government says the massive concrete containment structure surrounding the nuclear core remains intact.
But it has also been confirmed that the temperature is continuing to rise in at least one of the other reactors due to a failure of the back-up cooling systems.
What does this mean? As some 200,000 people are evacuated from the area, is Japan facing a nuclear disaster?
Inside Story, with presenter Mike Hanna, discusses with guests: Kamal Matinuddin, a nuclear and security expert, who is also the author of The Nuclearization of South Asia; Robert Kelley, a licensed nuclear engineer, who worked at the US department of energy under the radiological emergency response unit; and Ilham al-Qaradawi, a professor of physics at Qatar University.
This episode of Inside Story aired from Sunday, March 13, 2011 AlJazeeraEnglish