Japan in the Aftermath of the 8.9 Earthquake and Tsunami
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Last week's 8.9 earthquake was strong enough to shake the Earth on its axis and move parts of Japan as much as 13 feet closer to the United States. We get the latest on the consequences, including the tsunami, which caused the worst devastation of all. Secretary of State Clinton's in Paris with plans to meet rebels from Libya. We get an update on the fighting between them and Colonel Gadhafi's Army.
Banner image: Policemen wear gas masks and patrol near the nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture on March 12, 2011 a day after a massive 8.9 magnitude quake and tsunami hit the region. Photo: Yomiuri Shimbun/AFP/Getty Images
Japan Engulfed in Nuclear Crisis ()
A second reactor explosion occurred today at a nuclear power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture, 150 miles north of Tokyo on Japan's main island of Honshu. Now there's concern there could be a third. Matt Wald, who reports for the New York Times, has covered nuclear issues since 1979.
Disaster and Recovery in Japan ()
Japan's Prime Minister calls it the worst crisis to strike his country since World War II: the earthquake, the tsunami and, now, the aftermath. The death toll could exceed 10,000. For survivors, priorities include food, water and shelter for millions -- and fallout from explosions at two nuclear power plants. A $5 trillion economy — the world's third largest — has been severely disrupted. Rolling blackouts are expected for months to come. We hear about the devastation, Japan's degree of preparedness and what recovery is going to require.
If you'd like to contribute to relief efforts in Japan, our panelists suggest:
- Jason Kelly: American financial writer
- Sheila Smith: Council on Foreign Relations
- Marcus Noland: Peterson Institute for International Economics
- Kate Hutton: Caltech Seismological Laboratory
Gadhafi's Troops Force Libyan Rebels to Retreat ()
Hillary Clinton is consulting with other foreign ministers in Paris with plans to consult with rebel forces from Libya. They've asked for a no-fly zone, but there's no consensus between UN Security Council members on that issue. Last week, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's regime "will prevail," but his estimate immediately became controversial in the US and elsewhere. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, updates the situation from the capital city of Tripoli.
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