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Japan close to restoring power to Nuclear plants….

Power hopes rise at Japan plant

Workers are close to restoring power to cooling systems at a quake-hit Japanese nuclear power plant, officials say.

Engineers connected a cable through which they hope to supply electricity to part of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The earthquake and tsunami it triggered crippled the plant’s cooling systems, and some radiation has leaked.

Radioactive contamination has been found in some food products from the Fukushima prefecture, Japanese officials say.

The iodine was found in products – reported to be milk and spinach – tested between 16 and 18 March and could be harmful to human health if ingested, the officials said.

International nuclear experts at the IAEA say that, although radioactive iodine has a short half-life of about eight days, there is a short-term risk to human health if it is ingested, and it can cause damage to the thyroid.

The IAEA had earlier reported on its website that food products from Fukushima prefecture had been banned from sale by the Japanese authorities, but later said a ban was only being considered.

Traces of radioactive iodine have also been found in tapwater in Tokyo and five other prefectures, officials said on Saturday.

The traces are within government safety limits, but usual tests show no iodine, the AP news agency reported.

Rising toll

The earthquake and tsunami which struck on 11 March are known to have killed more than 7,600 people, while more than 11,000 remain missing…..

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March 20, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Politics, Projections, Travel, Tsunami/Earthquakes, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Japan Update…..3/15/11

From BBC….

Radiation levels have fallen at Japan’s earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the government says.

The levels had spiked to harmful levels after a fire and a third explosion at the site.

Weather reports say winds are blowing radiation from the plant, on Japan’s north-east coast, over the Pacific.ce.

Friday afternoon’s earthquake was the strongest in Japan since records began to be kept. It hit the north-east of the main island of Honshu and triggered a powerful tsunami that devastated dozens of coastal communities.Further strong aftershocks – one of 6.1-magnitude centred south-west of Tokyo – continue to rock the country.

The latest official death toll from the quake and tsunami stands at more than 3,000 – but thousands of people are missing and it is feared at least 10,000 may have been killed.

More than 500,000 people have been made homeless.

The government has deployed 100,000 troops to lead the aid….

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March 15, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Military, Projections, The Economy, Updates, Weather | , , , | Leave a comment

8.9 level Earthquake and Tsuami hits Japan and spreads across the Pacaific…..

The tsunami, seen crashing into homes in Natori, Miyagi prefecture

(Kyodo News, via Associated Press)

From the New York Times…..

Walls of water whisked away houses and cars in northern Japan, where terrified residents fled the coast. Trains were shut down across central and northern Japan, including Tokyo, and air travel was severely disrupted. A ship carrying more than 100 people was swept away by the tsunami, Kyodo News reported. And the government evacuated thousands of residents near a nuclear plant about 170 miles northeast of Tokyo after a a backup generator failed, compromising the cooling system, the Associated Press reported.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the disaster caused major damage across wide areas. Several hours after the quake, Kyodo News reported 59 deaths, but with rescue efforts just getting under way, the extent of injuries and damage is not yet known.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.9, and occurred at about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo and at a revised depth of about 17 miles. The Japanese Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 8.8, which would make it among the biggest in a century.

The quake occurred at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time and hit off Honshu, Japan’s most populous island. The quake was so powerful that buildings in central Tokyo, designed to withstand major earthquakes, swayed.

“This tremor was unlike any I’ve experienced previously, and I’ve lived here for eight years. It was a sustained rolling that made it impossible to stand, almost like vertigo,” said Matt Alt, an American writer and translator living in Tokyo.

President Obama said the United States was ready to help with any assistance. “Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan,” he said in a statement. He said he had instructed federal agencies to be prepared to assist Hawaii and any other areas in the United States affected by the tsunami.

By Friday night, tsunami waves of about 30 centimeters, or about 2.5 feet, were reported in Halmahera in Indonesia’s North Maluku Province, and was expected to reach Hawaii in the coming hours……

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March 11, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, The Economy, Travel, Tsunami/Earthquakes, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Females sharing apartments comes top Japan…..

Single women have multiplied in Japan’s big cities and the economic troubles the country suffered along with everywhere else has created a glut of empty apartments too expensive for single female’s in that country to rent…..

What to do?

How about renting rooms in large apartments to individual females?

The idea is new and different to the country…but with real estate agents realizing they can get more money per apartment with multiple renter and young women making a room rentals to save money …the idea has caught on…..I don’t live in Japan so I don’t know how much….the author of this piece seems to think it’s there to stay……

Ah, they are still going to have to work the kinks out….I’m sure……

December 30, 2009 Posted by | Family, Home, Travel, Women | , , , | Leave a comment