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6.0 Quake Causes Injuries and Damage in Northern California (Updated)

Dozens of people were injured and many buildings extensively damaged in Napa, Calif., early Sunday in the largest earthquake to hit the Bay Area in 25 years.

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Death Came by Water, Then by Oil

It was Good Friday, 50 years ago on March 27, 1964, when an earthquake-spurred tsunami wiped out the Chugach village in Chenega, Alaska. Twenty-five years later, as villagers celebrated the rebuilding of their home, a wave of oil from the Exxon Valdez began to move their way.

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Robo-News Bot Reports Earthquake Story for L.A. Times

For those who’ve been wondering if at least some of the news currently dispensed by the MSM isn’t churned up and plopped out of a machine somewhere in the dark reaches of Rupert Murdoch’s basement, wonder no more.

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Tsunami Warning Canceled After Japanese Quake

A small tsunami triggered by the quake measuring 1 foot hit Japan’s eastern coast, but no damage was reported, the BBC said. A tsunami warning issued earlier was lifted.

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Typhoon Lands in Japan, Fukushima Remains an Open Wound (Updated)

With Japanese authorities still struggling to contain contamination at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant two-and-a-half years after it melted down, we are reminded by events in the news that the disaster lies in one of the most volatile meteorological and geographical regions in the world.

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AP/Dieu Nalio Chery

Quelle Surprise! Haiti on the Mend

In Haiti there is nothing more unexpected than good news.

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AP/Shakil Adil

Hundreds Expected Dead in Iran Quake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake—described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than 50 years—struck the country near the border with Pakistan, killing hundreds of people, officials fear.

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Inquiry Finds Japanese Tsunami Funds ‘Misspent’

A government audit showed Japanese authorities have used funds intended for reconstruction after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on unrelated projects. Those paid for out of the $150 billion relief package include roads in Okinawa, advertisements for Japan’s tallest building and whaling research.

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Sean Penn’s Diplomatic New Gig

He’s certainly been rehearsing for this role for years (remember his post-Katrina floating photo op?), and now Sean Penn has an honest-to-goodness new post as the ambassador at large to Haiti, as of a special ceremony held in his honor last weekend.

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U.S. Navy / MC1 Matthew M. Bradley

And the Worst Natural Disaster Is …

An article in The Lancet argues that earthquakes are particularly devastating when compared with other natural disasters. Earthquakes “frequently affect populous urban areas with poor structural standards” and they impair emergency responders. Shifting tectonic plates killed more than 780,000 people in the last decade. (more)

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Turkish Border Quake Kills Hundreds

Rescue workers and locals worked desperately to find and free survivors of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake near the Turkish-Iranian border that toppled buildings and killed between 500 and 1,000 people on Sunday. (more)

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Crane Inflicts New Damage at National Cathedral

A crane being used in repairing earthquake damage to the main tower of the Washington National Cathedral toppled Wednesday, damaging two adjacent buildings at the historic place of worship. (more)

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AP / Ramon Espinosa

The U.N. in Haiti: Time to Adapt or Time to Go

After seven years in Haiti, it is time for the U.N. peacekeeping mission to either significantly refocus its mission or close its operation and leave the business of governing and reconstruction to the Haitians themselves.

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Who Pays for God’s Revenge?

Are we a nation of brothers who come to the aid of each other? Or are we just a crowd of folks out for ourselves? Why have a country if we don’t use it to help each other?

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Bachmann Blames Deadly Natural Disasters on God’s Wrath

Michele Bachmann’s press secretary said the candidate was obviously speaking in jest when she attributed the recent earthquake and storm afflicting the East to an angry God. Well, as long as she was only joking about events that killed at least 35 people. ....

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U.S. Treasury Department

Japan’s Top Office: Whose Turn Is It?

Japan has already burned through five prime ministers in five years, with a sixth, Yoshihiko Noda, expected to take over from Naoto Kan on Tuesday. Kan was forced to resign Friday because of dissatisfaction with his response to the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. (more)

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AP / Steve Helber

5.9 Earthquake Rattles the East Coast

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon. The epicenter was in Virginia but shaking was felt as far away as New York, Ohio and the Carolinas. Updated

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Tsunami Did a Number on Antarctic Ice Shelves

The earthquake that hit Japan last March not only triggered a tsunami that devastated the island nation, but created waves that traveled all the way to the ice shelves of Antarctica ... (more)

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Japanese Reconstruction Minister Creates PR Disaster, Quits

After spring’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s administration created the position of minister for reconstruction and looked to appointee Ryu Matsumoto to help the recovery effort on several levels. That didn’t turn out so well.

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‘No Need to Worry’ About Nuclear Reactors, Says Japan

Japan says it will not abandon nuclear power in the wake of the quake and tsunami that resulted in the evacuation of more than 200,000 people, thousands of human deaths, an ongoing containment crisis and intensive efforts to fortify vulnerable reactors. Correction: Earlier this report erroneously said more than 200,000 deaths had occurred. We thank the readers who pointed out the mistake. (more)

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Illustration by PZS based on a graphic by Cary Bass

Fukushima Gets Upgraded to Chernobyl-Level Emergency

Japanese officials have revised the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to level 7, making it the second such disaster in history, the only one since the Chernobyl meltdown. It had previously been described as being on the scale of Three Mile Island, a smaller event.

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bbc.co.uk

Japan Rocked by 7.1 Quake

This time, fears of another devastating tsunami were thankfully unfounded after another big earthquake—a 7.1 this time—shook Japan late Thursday, but workers at the trouble-plagued Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant didn’t take any chances.

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Kyodo

Dog Swept Out to Sea in Japan Is Saved

Just to prove that things aren’t all bad in the world, here’s a bit of uplifting news. The Japanese Coast Guard plucked a small dog from wreckage floating three miles at sea three weeks after the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the country’s northeast coast.

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AP / DigitalGlobe/dapd

Japan’s Prime Minister Politely Drop-Kicks Nuclear Plant Owner

Lest anyone doubt who is responsible for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan just discarded the uncritical routine and said plant owner TEPCO’s low standards “invited the current situation.”

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AP / DigitalGlobe/dapd

Lights On at Fukushima Plant

Finally, a little good news out of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station—but just a little. On Tuesday, workers struggling to contain radiation leaks and prevent further damage to the plant got a bit of a boost with the restoration of lighting in the control room.

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guardian.co.uk

Japan Death Toll Estimate Rises Past 18,000

Other international emergencies have clearly occurred in the 10 days since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, but the crisis hasn’t ended in one country just because the news cameras have roamed elsewhere in the meantime.

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A Bet on Japan

If ever there was a comeback-kid sort of country, this is surely it.

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The Days After

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Geisha

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AP / The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasushi Kanno

Radioactive Iodine Taints Japan’s Tap Water

Adding to safety fears for those in Japan, the government there has reportedly found trace amounts of radioactive iodine in the tap water of six areas, including Tokyo.

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Japan Raises Alert Level at N-Plant

The continuing crisis at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has led Japan to raise the alert level there to five on a seven-point scale of atomic hazard severity.

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Year of the Rabbit

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Illustration by PZS based on a graphic by Cary Bass

The Latest From Fukushima

Here are the latest headlines from Japan’s struggle to prevent nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant as of early Friday morning (Japan time).

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Fault Line

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A Warning to the World

A reporter, describing the devastation of one city in Japan, wrote: “It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence. I write these facts ... as a warning to the world.” The reporter was Wilfred Burchett, writing from Hiroshima, Japan, on Sept. 5, 1945.

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AP / DigitalGlobe/dapd

Chernobyl Expert Says Greed May Lead to Big Trouble in Japan

Corporate interests might have played a big part in the design and maintenance of Japan’s nuclear complex at Fukushima, according to Russian nuclear accident expert Iouli Andreev, who knows a thing or two from Chernobyl’s example ...

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‘Democracy Now!’: Japan’s Growing Nuclear Threat

On Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” broadcast, Japan’s burgeoning nuclear crisis was once again the most pressing issue of the day, as experts urged Japanese authorities to expand the evacuation areas around volatile reactors.

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Japan on the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe

On Monday, Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was in critical condition after two explosions and system failures that added a whole new level to the country’s crisis in the wake of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. 

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Obama’s Promises

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Nuclear Fear

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Japan: Before and After

These images aren’t about disaster porn—they are taken from too far a remove, first of all—but rather, they show the scope of the devastation from last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan in stunning before-and-after contrast.

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Explosion at Japanese Nuclear Plant

A large explosion has occurred at the Unit 3 reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. The explosion included a large orange flash, which indicates that it was likely the result of a hydrogen detonation. This explosion follows the partial destruction of the Unit 1 containment building in a previous hydrogen explosion.

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The Tsunami

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Japan’s Ordeal Is ‘Worst Since WWII’

Japan’s prime minister, surveying the incredible damage inflicted by a massive earthquake and tidal wave and a still-unfolding nuclear disaster, said the country is facing its gravest crisis since World War II.

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AP / The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasushi Kanno

The Latest From Japan’s Nuclear Disaster

Wednesday (Japan time), multiple news services reported that Japanese officials had withdrawn all emergency workers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Japan Quakes

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guardian.co.uk

Japan’s Day After

Strong aftershocks kept Japan on edge Saturday, a day after a devastating earthquake and tidal waves battered the country’s northeastern coast. Officials estimated the death toll at 1,700, but thousands more are missing.

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