- Shen Yun
NTD: New Zealand
The latest powerful tremors to hit New Zealand's city of Christchurch caused more damage to a city already devastated by previous quakes. Monday's aftershocks - with a peak magnitude of 6.3 - left many residents frightened about their future. [Ken Maynard, Christchurch Resident]: "Everyone's getting a bit sick of it now, a bit terrified. One...
NTD: The disaster of Fukushima
Tokyo Electric Power Company has confirmed that there were meltdowns of fuel rods at three of the plant's reactors early in the crisis. Earlier this month it said that fuel rods in the No.1 reactor melted, but officials confirmed at a news conference that there were also meltdowns of fuel rods at the plant's No.2 and No.3 reactors early in...
Japanese protesters march through the streets of Tokyo demanding the government take responsibility for the accident that caused radiation to leak into the sea. Anti-nuclear demonstrations have become common here since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged nuclear reactors in northern Japan. But one former lawmaker says this...
Japan raised the severity of its nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to a level seven on Tuesday, putting it on par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. Officials say the rating reflects the initial severity of the crisis, but radiation levels are much lower now. [Hidehiko Nishiyama, Nuclear & Industrial Safety...
The Prague Symphony Orchestra recently held a “Concert for Japan” in the Smetana´s hall of the Municipal House in Prague. [Ilja Smid, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Director]: “I think the main purpose is to express sympathy for the tragedy that happened in Japan, and we would also like to collect some financial aid for the Japanese Red...
According to a Taiwanese Nissan affiliate announcement on Tuesday, Nissan Motor will begin radiation checks on all car parts imported from Japan on April 1st. The move is attempt to reassure customers of product safety. A deputy PR manager of Yulon Nissan Motor says the company will conduct tests at three stages in the production...
Japan's northeastern island of Oshima - devastated, like so much of the country, by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. The isolated island has been cut off from the outside world since the disaster - but on Sunday aid arrived from the United States. Thirty U.S. marines brought food and much needed supplies - including hygiene kits and...
Local government officials in Tokyo have started distributing bottled water to families with babies under a year old. Boxes of water bottles started arriving at local city offices on Thursday, to be distributed to parents in need of clean water. [Takashi Sakai, Sinjuku Ward Crisis Manager]: "We are distributing three, 550 milliliter bottles to...
Much of this fishing port in Takahagi was washed away by huge tsunami waves on March 11th. And now fishermen, who evacuated the area, are just getting around to untangling nets and cleaning up the wreckage. But as they try to clean up the port so the surviving boats can go out to sea again, a new problem is weighing on their minds. Further...
Japan faces its toughest challenge since World War II. How it emerges from the crisis will depend on two leaders: Japan's prime minister, Naoto Kan, and his opposition rival, Sadakazu Tanigaki. They face an opportunity to stand united… or fall divided. Their relationship will be key in the wake of Japan's biggest natural disaster - one...
More than a week after being hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, many of Japan's key automakers and electronics firms are struggling to resume operations. Affected operations are being felt down the global supply chain, as Japanese companies supply parts and components to other manufacturers worldwide. Production at Toyota's 12...
In reaction to the ongoing nuclear crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant, authorities in China are suspending approvals for planned nuclear power plants. The Chinese regime is developing nuclear energy at a rapid pace and officially plans to increase capacity to 40 gigawatts by 2020. Yet some officials have said that figure may...
Japan's broad TOPIX share index ended down 0.8 percent on Thursday after a volatile session, amid a deepening nuclear crisis and following the yen's surge to an all-time high versus the dollar. The yen spiked around four percent against the dollar, initially driven by speculation that Japanese insurers would have to repatriate funds to pay...
Energy ministers, nuclear experts and representatives from energy companies met on Tuesday to discuss how to co-ordinate the European Union's nuclear strategy. This comes in the wake of the potential catastrophe Japan is facing with nuclear power plant explosions after a powerful earthquake devastated the region. EU Commissioner for energy...
As concern about the crippling economic impact of the nuclear and earthquake disasters mounts, Japanese watched as stocks plunged more than ten percent on Tuesday, compounding a slide of 7.6 percent the day before. The two-day fall has wiped $720 billion off the market. [Keisuke Yamazaki, Tokyo Resident]: "In the short term, there will be...
A city reduced to rubble. Houses lay shattered and overturned, and battered cars are strewn about the altered landscape. Residents of Miyako city near the coast in eastern Japan return to their homes for the first time since the deadly earthquake and tsunami struck. Fifty-two year-old Mitsuka Kimisawa wasn't home when the earthquake hit,...
The biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began 140 years ago struck the northeast coast on Friday at 2:46 p.m. local time, triggering a 32 foot tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire. [Naoto Kan, Japanese Prime Minister]: "To all the people of Japan, as you have seen...
Adoptionen in Haiti ausgesetzt
Port-au-Prince (apn) Ein haitianischer Untersuchungsrichter hat mit der Befragung von zehn Amerikanern begonnen, die nach dem Erdbeben in Haiti unter dem Verdacht der illegalen Kindervermittlung festgenommen worden sind. Die Befragung der fünf verdächtigten Frauen am Dienstag dauerte mehrere Stunden, die fünf Männer sollen am (heutigen)...
Drei Meter hohe Flutwelle
Honiara/Salomon (APD) Ein durch ein Seebeben ausgelöster Tsunami hat auf der Salomon-Insel Rendova rund 200 Häuser zerstört. Damit seien ein Drittel der rund 3.600 Inselbewohner obdachlos, teilte die Katastrophenschutzbehörde am Dienstag mit. Über Tote oder Verletzte sei rund 30 Stunden nach dem Beben vom Montag nichts bekannt. Die Küste...
Bukit Tinggi/Indonesien – Rettungsmannschaften haben auch zwei Tage nach dem starken Erdbeben auf der indonesischen Insel Sumatra unter den Trümmern eingestürzter Häuser nach möglichen Überlebenden gesucht. In der Ortschaft Bukit Tinggi hatten die Bergungsmannschaften die Hoffnung noch nicht aufgegeben, einen achtjährigen Jungen lebend zu...
Solok/Indonesien – Die Zahl der Toten bei dem verheerenden Erdbeben auf der Insel Sumatra in Indonesien ist am Mittwoch von den Behörden bei der Beisetzung der Opfer auf 52 nach unten korrigiert worden. Einige Opfer seien doppelt gezählt worden, erklärte Kabinettssekretär Sudi Silalahi. In der Erdbebenregion verbrachten die meisten Menschen...