Japan Crisis: Latest

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By Edward Payne on 17.3.2024

Japan Crisis: Latest

The latest from Japan after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami, Edward Payne reports.

* Efforts are being made from the air and on the ground to stop overheating fuel rods from melting at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. Helicopters are dropping sea water onto nuclear reactors and water cannons are also being used from the ground.

* There are growing fears of radiation as foreigners leave Tokyo as a precaution.

* The search for survivors is widening in its scope across the north-eastern areas worst-hit by the tsunami, as access improves. However some rescuers have been hampered somewhat by widespread snow.

* 5,400 people have now been confirmed dead but at least 10,000 are still unaccounted for.

* Hundreds of thousands of now homeless Japanese people are living in temporary shelters.

* The magnitude of Friday’s earthquake is now widely reported to be 9.0.


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