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. On Monday, The Guardian reported that the estimated death toll in Japan had climbed above 18,000 and the challenge of containing the damage at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was far from over. –KA

The Guardian:

The human and financial cost of the tsunami continues to rise, after police estimates showed more than 18,000 people have died in the disaster and the World Bank said it may cost Japan as much as £145bn to repair the damage.

The figures came as emergency workers were evacuated from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after smoke or steam was seen rising from one of its reactor units.

The smoke raised concerns that water in the spent fuel pools at the No 3 unit was running low, but officials said there was no immediate spike in radiation levels.

“We are checking the cause of the smoke,” Hidehiko Nishiyama, a nuclear safety agency official, told reporters.

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