Monday, March 14, 2011
Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on the east coast of Japan, the country is now racing to prevent a nuclear disaster at a major nuclear power plant. Below is a time line of events in Japan local time. (Updated 8:30 p.m. EST) •
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The crisis at the Fukushima reactor in Japan has been out of the headlines, but that doesn’t mean the crisis has been solved. We’ll speak with Dr. Edwin Lyman, a senior staff scientist in the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists
Friday, June 03, 2011
— WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on The Brian Lehrer Show
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
By Brian Wise
Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Joseph Calleja, two of the Metropolitan Opera's leading stars, have pulled out of a tour in Japan at the last minute for fear of radiation from the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The closure of the Japan-based factory that has the monopoly on production of a tape crucial to the TV and film industry has Hollywood insiders scrambling to cope with the shortage.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Japan has raised the severity rating of its nuclear crisis from level five to the highest level, seven. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster is the only other time a nuclear emergency has been given a level seven. This decision reflects the total release of radiation at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which is ongoing, rather than a sudden deterioration. Reporting from Tokyo is Keith Bradsher, reporter for The New York Times. The Japanese government says that the total amount of radiation is 10 percent of what was released at Chernobyl and there's still nervousness in the country, says Bradsher.
Monday, April 11, 2011
A 6.6 magnitude aftershock hit Japan on the one month anniversary of the tsunami and quake which devastated much of the country. So far there has been no additional damage and a tsunami warning was lifted. The BBC's Roland Buerk is in Japan, where has been covering the relief efforts. He says that the people have grown weary, but they are still stoic. "The awe with which the world has seen their response to their disaster has perhaps given them more strength," he says. However, it will take a long time to rebuild.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Nearly one million people in Japan are still without power this morning following a powerful aftershock that rattled the nation. the 7.1 aftershock was the strongest to hit the region since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Reporter for The New York Times, Ken Belson, is in Tokyo. He says the aftershock comes at a time when the country is trying to rebuild some of its infrastructure.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant say they've stopped a the leak that was sending highly radioactive water into the ocean. However, enough radioactive material has already flowed into ocean that it's worked its way up the food chain with fish 43 miles away testing for high levels of radioactive iodine 131. Ken Belson, reporter for The New York Times has the latest from Tokyo.
Friday, April 01, 2011
April 1st is the traditional "entrance day" for classes of new employees in Japan. It's a time when hundreds of thousands of recent college graduates would have just finished their first day at work, a day full of official ceremonies and welcome parties. However, as the country struggles to cope with multiple recent crises, Japan's newest workers face an uncertain future.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
The BBC's Chris Hogg reports from Japan's east coast, where fears of radiation have entered the local psyche. He talks to residents who depend on fish and seaweed to eat and asks what they will do if radiation poisons their food. "What can we do?" they respond.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We’ve heard the reports and told the stories of Japan, how it’s facing its worst crisis since World War II, about a death toll in the tens of thousands, the massive destruction of entire cities, and continuing threats of nuclear meltdown. Now, here’s more terrifying news: The threat of earthquakes hasn’t gone away — it has increased. Thomas Jordan is the Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. And his work shows that Japan is under an increased threat for aftershocks. He appears in a new NOVA special "Japan's Killer Quake," which premiers tonight on PBS. Collum Macrae is one of the producers of the documentary.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tokyo's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is said to be registering at 100-thousand times the normal level of radiation following the Sendai earthquake three weeks ago. Is the breach at Fukushima further proof that, in our search for energy independence, nuclear power may just be an uncontrollable gambit? Or is there a safer means to extract the power of the atom? Does fail-safe technology really exist?
Monday, March 28, 2011
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
From well-known designers including Tory Birch and Anna Sui, to thousands of lesser-known artists at Web sites like cafepress.com, New Yorkers are creating products and donating portions of the profits to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.
Friday, March 25, 2011
As relief efforts for Japan continue, the classical music world has rallied to organize concerts and events in support of the disaster-rattled country. Here in New York, the Japan Society has shored up $2.1 million dollars to date.
Friday, March 25, 2011
It’s been two weeks since the earthquake and tsunami hit Northeastern Japan. Ever since that day, Japanese officials have been working tirelessly to avert a nuclear disaster. Friday morning, Japanese nuclear safety officials said that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have breached. That raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination to the environment. Henry Fountain, Science Reporter for The New York Times explains the latest.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
More than 600 nonprofits have offered relief goods and materials to the people of Japan since the earthquake and tsunami. But with the exception of twelve countries with specialized search and rescue teams and a handful of international aid organizations, the Japanese government is politely turning them down. The Japanese Red Cross Society has yet to appeal for funds. Still, just like after every major natural disaster, dozens if not hundreds of new nonprofits have been registered. In the case of a major world economy like Japan, where and how does it make sense to give?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Japan’s Sendai earthquake disrupted work in that country, shutting down factories, which supply parts to the United States. Thanks to hi-tech supply chain issues, car parts are missing and U.S. factories are beginning to shut down. Last week, General Motors stopped production at its Shreveport Louisiana production facility. This week, the Detroit based car company laid off 59 of its 623 full time employees at its Tonawanda New York production facility — before ultimately halting all production. All of these shutdowns were due to shortages of parts that are produced in Japan.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The threat of nuclear disaster, the stories of missing loved ones, and the struggle to get relief to those stranded are all part of Japan's post-quake reality. As the country begins to recover, food supplies are threatened and questions loom over long term health effects of radiation in and around Fukushima prefecture. And now, the economic effects of the disaster are beginning to hit Tokyo and other parts of the country.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011