The Japanese Emperor has made an extremely rare television appearance, saying he is “deeply worried” about the crisis his country is facing following last week’s earthquake and tsunami and urging an all out rescue effort.
Emperoro Akihito made the comments after technicians temporarily abandoned a quake-crippled nuclear plant as radiation briefly surged. The situation for news crews in Japan is complicated by the uncertainty surrounding the nuclear issue, limited supplies, damaged infrastructure and extremely cold weather. Read more
The death toll from Japan’s strongest earthquake on record eclipsed that of the 1995 Kobe temblor and foreign rescue workers began leaving as the chances of pulling survivors from the rubble faded.
At least 7,348 people died when the March 11 quake sent a surge of water inland, smashing ships, cars and buildings and razing entire towns. A 72-member rescue and medical team from Australia prepared to depart Japan, donating its camp of tents to the Japanese government.
More than a week since the magnitude-9 earthquake struck off Japan’s northeast coast, hundreds of thousands of people are homeless and the government is struggling to restore supplies of power and fuel. Panic buying by Tokyo residents worried about a nuclear leak from a power plant north of the city began to ease, as convenience stores and supermarkets restocked. Read more