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By DeusExMacintosh

Japan is experiencing its greatest hardships since World War II as it tackles the aftermath of an earthquake, tsunami and a growing nuclear crisis, Prime Minister Naoto Kan says.

In a televised statement, Mr Kan warned of sweeping power cuts to come. He said the situation at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant remained grave, a day after an explosion at a reactor.

Meanwhile, police have warned that the death toll in tsunami-hit Miyagi prefecture alone could exceed 10,000. Millions of survivors remain without electricity and authorities are stepping up relief efforts as the scale of the tragedy becomes clearer.

About 310,000 people have been evacuated to emergency shelters, many of them without power, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. Officials earlier announced that the number of troops helping with rescue work in the affected north-east region would be doubled to 100,000.

“The current situation of the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear plants is in a way the most severe crisis in the past 65 years since World War II,” Mr Kan said.

“Whether we Japanese can overcome this crisis depends on each of us.

“I strongly believe that we can get over this great earthquake and tsunami by joining together.”

BBC News

Donations can be made to the Japan Tsunami Appeal through your national Red Cross, or to Save the Children Japan Appeal through their website.


  1. Posted March 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    If you are after or have info on people you care about …. Google Person Finder is currently (2011-03-14 01:27 AEDST) tracking about 117000 records.

    Follow the links from …

  2. Posted March 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    {mutters} How’s your first born?

  3. Movius
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes. Just like any other year really

  4. Posted March 15, 2011 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    [email protected] wants to see a plague of frogs.

    Ummm. Go to Queensland… Bufo marinus. A plague of UGLY frogs. (“toad” is basically “ugly frog”). Now, a plague of poison-arrow frogs: that would be pretty, but kill a lot of wannabe fairy-tale princesses.

    [email protected] “any other year”

    no – these have been one-in-a-century, so still important to actuaries. A couple of more once-a-century disasters this year to wealthy countires and the changes forced on the insurance industry will affect people all over the world.

  5. Henry2
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    DB @6 Dave definately not 1 per century, nor 1 per cent chance of happening which is a similar yet different calculation. I shant bore you with too many details except that all of these events have happened on a far more regular basis.
    It is important to note that if a tree falls in a forest noone can hear it …. though if someone is there to video it and put it on youtube the world can hear it immediately.



  6. Posted March 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Henry2 – the frequency gets fudged by how big a cell around the location is used. If you say “the world” you are absolutely correct it is a higher frequency, if you say “sendai airport” it’s a lower frequency. I was using “japan, in towns big enough to notice” as an approximate cell. Early 1900s Japan was the last one with a similar impact on the society.

    The thing that would affect everyone is if similar damage happened on the other side of the pacific plate near expensive property and economic infrastructure – LA and San Francisco – capital demands, interest rates and insurance costs (or a dead insurance industry) would be globally disruptive.

    Oh well, with the construction happening, Japan’s economic product will go up… And I’d imagine there’ll be lots of Oz quarries that will be very happy to have another customer other than China.

  7. Posted March 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] True about production activity, except there is this small let’s not mention their enormous public debt problem.

    The Japanese government has been pump priming the Japanese economy for about 20 years, while the Bank of Japan has been engaged in neutralising monetary policy. So, they have ended up with a flat economy and a mountain of debt.

    Truly inscrutable public policy from the people who brought us Pearl Harbor (you know, having spent years not winning their war in China they attack the only Great Power not a war with a population more than twice their own and an economy several times their own–apparently, it seemed like a good idea at the time).

  8. Posted March 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    On grimmer news, the nuclear power plant problems are continuing to deteriorate and a large after shock is expected.

  9. Henry2
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    On grimmer news, the nuclear power plant problems are continuing to deteriorate and a large after shock is expected.

    This piece provides a nuke industry insiders view of what is actually happening onsite.



  10. Movius
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    @6 I was talking on a worldwide/regional scale. These sorts of seismic events aren’t unusual around the pacific rim, albeit at the extreme end of severity.

    Was also talking with regards to sorts of claims made by pseudoscientific moonwafflers or apocalypticist “Mother nature fights back” types, rather than economics.

    If theres one small comfort to be had from the ridiculous nuclear hysteria, it’s that it has drowned out any ridiculous claims relating to the quake/tsunami/volcano itself

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