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US Business Reacts to Japan

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The crisis in Japan has finally hit home for stock markets around the world. Investors are concerned that electronics manufacturers, who import chips from Japan could be affected by lapses in the supply chain. Two of Japan's top companies, Honda and Toyota have halted production at their Japanese plants and Detroit is highly dependent on parts from Japan. At the same time, the disaster in Japan has raised questions about the energy industry here in the United States. 

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Yoko Ono on Disaster and Hope in Japan

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yoko Ono Lennon experienced the devastation of WWII on Japan. Since then, she's moved to the United States and worked as an artist and musician. She speaks strongly about pain, love, and her reverence for planet Earth. In the wake of Japan's quake and tsunami, she has been thinking of her home country and contributing to the Red Cross. She encourages others to do the same, or to participate in the rebuilding of Japan in a more hands-on way if they can. Amidst the pain and the destruction, she is hopeful that her country can rebuild.

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Mother Nature vs. US Nuclear Power Plants

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan teeters on the brink of a nuclear meltdown following the 8.9 earthquake and the enormous tsunami. Meanwhile, many in the U.S. are pondering the state of our nuclear power plants if they ever faced a similar bout with mother nature. The U.S. is the home of 104 nuclear reactor sites, four of them along the west coast — famed for its fault line and earthquakes — one in Washington, two in California, and three in Arizona. 

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The Takeaway

Google Crisis Response Team in Action

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This tragedy and disaster in Japan is framed by a moment in technological history. The tsunami waves were recorded from helicopters with cameras, images of the earth shaking office buildings and street signs and the heart wrenching images of the devastation are sweeping the world. Technology has also enabled numerous tools and datasets that have become another way of following what is happening in Japan. Google has set up a crisis response page to help those affected by the crisis. Prem Ramaswami, product manager with Google.org's crisis response team explains what they have done. Ramaswami says that crisis mapping is key in getting help to those who need it.

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The Takeaway

Japan: The Effects of Disaster on the Cultural Psyche

Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan is faced with a massive humanitarian crisis and potential nuclear threat after last week's earthquake and tsunami. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 took the lives of over 140,000 Japanese citizens and destroyed the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama. During World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nearly wiped off the map in an instant flash of nuclear fission. And tsunami is, of course, a Japanese word. How has Japanese culture handled natural disaster and tragedy in the past?

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, March 14, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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WNYC News

Japan: Tell Us Your Story

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Are you in Japan? We want to hear from you. Use the comments section below to post your story and tell us what you have experienced since the earthquake struck on Friday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Five Things You May Not Know About Tsunamis

Friday, March 11, 2011

On today's Please Explain, Leonard spoke to geologist Lori Dengler and seismologist Geoff Abers about the tsunami in Japan. In addition to finding out that earthquakes can cause whirlpools, we found out a lot more about how tsunamis are closer to us than we think.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tsunami Warnings

Friday, March 11, 2011

Gregory C. Beroza, professor & associate chair for Graduate Studies at the Earthquake Seismology Group at Stanford University, provides continuing coverage of the tsunamis generated by the earthquake off the coast of Japan.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunamis: Links, Videos, Resources

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WNYC News

Hundreds Killed in Tsunami After 8.9 Quake Hits Japan

Friday, March 11, 2011

A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Japan's police said between 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal area.

VIDEO: TSUNAMI SWEEPS INLAND

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WQXR News

Officials Fear Death Toll Will Rise in Indonesia

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Authorities in Indonesia fear that the death toll will continue to rise, after two natural disasters this week. A small tsunami formed off the coast of Sumatra on Monday. And, on Tuesday, hundreds of miles away, the country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi, erupted.

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The Takeaway

Dual Disasters Leave Indonesia in Peril

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake rocked Indonesia on Monday and caused a 10 foot tsunami, has left the country devastated. The latest death toll is at 272 and expected to rise. Rescue teams are battling through uprooted forests to reach at least 400 people believed to be missing. The country was already reeling from a volcano eruption on Java that killed 28 people. Patrick Barta, Southeast Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, is coordinating coverage of the twin disasters for his paper. He reports live from Singapore, where he is stationed until he is allowed to travel to Indonesia.

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The Takeaway

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, Five Years Later

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tomorrow, December 26, is the 5-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. How have things changed since 2004? Indeed, have things changed? The BBC's Karishma Vaswani reports on the progress Indonesia's Aceh province. We also talk with Christoph Gorder, Vice President of Emergency Response with Americares, about what's still needed for the region to fully recover.

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On Being

Jelle De Boer and Ursula Goodenough — The Morality of Nature

Thursday, April 07, 2005

We explore the human and religious implications of natural disasters through the eyes of two scientists steeped in the workings of the natural world. We approach the morality of nature from a non-theological angle, tracing how natural disasters have somet

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Studio 360

Design For The Real World: Tsunami Shelter

Saturday, January 15, 2005

One of the most urgent design problems on the planet is how to shelter the millions of people displaced by the tsunami disaster in South Asia. When resources for construction are limited, refugee camps can easily turn into semi-permanent cities where survivors spend years under tents in awful conditions. But ...

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