24 posts tagged japan
With a minute of silence, tolling bells and prayers, Japan will on Sunday mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis that shattered public trust in atomic power and the nation’s leaders.
Elementary school children crouch under their desks at their school in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on April 12, as a powerful aftershock hits northern Japan. (Jiji Press via AFP - Getty Images)
Some good news - or at least, not bad news out of Japan today: An increase in the severity level of Japan’s nuclear accident does not mean the public health risk is any worse or that the disaster resembles Chernobyl in 1986, global expert bodies said on Tuesday.
Children return to school in Japan: More than 70 schools began regular classes in Fukushima for the first time Wednesday, after government officials carried out radiation testing in the prefecture amid the ongoing nuclear crisis.
In this March 22, 2011 photo, 4-year-old Manami Kon exchanges a high-five with her grandmother at the devastated city of Miyako, northeastern Japan. Manami Kon’s mother is still missing after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (Norikazu Tateishi / AP)
This sweet tsunami survivor wrote a letter to her mom that said, “Dear Mommy. I hope you’re alive. Are you okay?” Both her parents and a sister are still unaccounted for.
Workers from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex are shielded with tarps before receiving decontamination treatment at a hospital on Friday. (AP)
A suspected breach in the reactor core at one unit of a stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials said Friday, after two workers waded into water 10,000 times more radioactive than normal and suffered skin burns.
17-year-old evacuee Shoko Igarashi hugs her dog, who will have to be looked after by friends while Shoko goes into a shelter in Koriyama, 60 km west of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, on March 23. (Go Takayama / AFP - Getty Images)
Anybody aware of relief efforts for Japan’s pets (ways to help the human victims of the disaster can be found here)?
Students listen as a guest speaker delivers a message at the graduation ceremony in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami-destroyed town of Yamada, northern Japan Tuesday, March 22, 2011. (Tetsuya Kikumasa / AP)
More photos from the junior high’s graduation ceremony, which was held in a gym-turned-shelter.