Japanese-American volunteer Darin Furukawa dressed in a traditional Japanese Samurai outfit, collects donations during an all day Red Cross fundraiser to support the Japanese earthquake relief efforts outside Los Angeles City Hall yesterday. Picture: AP
7.20am President Barack Obama has reiterated that his administration does not expect harmful levels of radiation from the troubled Japanese Fukushima nuclear facility to reach to any part of the US.
Australian recovery team members dismantle a damaged building in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture / AP
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2.49pm Life goes on for thousands of survivors amidst the rubble. This photo shows Ryori Elementary School students walking to their graduation ceremony in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, yesterday, just one week after the massive earthquake and tsunami. (Picture: AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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2.35pm The man reported to have been rescued from his home in the earthquake-hit northeast of Japan after eight days, had been at an evacuation centre and had only returned home. The initial reports of his miraculous survival made headlines around the world as Japan struggles for any good news in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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Meanwhile, a Getty photographer’s image of a replica Statue of Liberty in Ishinomaki, Japan, illustrates the US influence in the disaster-struck nation:
5.26am Save the Children’s Steve McDonald estimates 100,000 children are now homeless in Japan.
“We’re already seeing families huddling around gas fires for warmth. In these sorts of temperatures, young children are vulnerable to chest infections and flu.”
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3.31am A man looks out from his destroyed liquor shop where he is collecting the items he can salvage in Kesennuma, Japan. Picture: Getty Images
3.30am Buildings turn off their lights and signs to save electricity in Tokyo last night. Picture: AP
3.20am The BBC has a report from weather expert Herbert Puempel who says radiation has only reached very low levels of the atmosphere.
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Japan Ground Self-Defence Force members search though the rubble in the snow in Ishinomaki, Miyagi. Picture: AP
Rescue workers search through debris in Minamisanriku, Miyag. Picture: AFP
1.38am Yesterday around 50 tonnes of water were sprayed onto the Fukushima nuclear plant’s storage pool, the second day such measures have been taken. Japan’s nuclear safety agency has not been able to say if conditions at the plant are under control yet.
9.05pm Nine-year-old Toshihito Aisawa pictured at an evacuation centre in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, with two handwritten signs as he continues his search for his father, mother, grandmother and two cousins lost in the quake and tsunami. On one is written their names, on the other “I will come again tomorrow”.
9.00pm Reuters has reported the Japanese nuclear agency is saying electrical cables will be connected to the generators at Reactors No. 1 and No. 2 by tomorrow morning. The agency also urged calm stating there is no need to expand the evacuation area beyond a 30km radius at this point.
6.03pm Caskets are placed at a mortuary in Rifucho, northern Japan. The official death toll is now 6539, with 10,354 still unaccounted for. Picture: AP
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5.57pm Prince William has offered condolences for the “horror” engulfing Japan, as he attended a memorial for quake victims in Christchurch today:
We’re already seeing families huddling around gas fires for warmth. In these sorts of temperatures, young children are vulnerable to chest infections and flu.
5.39pm Japan’s disaster death toll at 6539, more than in the 1995 Kobe earthquake, police say.
5.24pm As foreign governments advised their citizens to leave the stricken region, Tokyo’s Narita International Airport is heaving with would-be passengers waiting anxiously for flights. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic said their flights out of Tokyo were very busy but Virgin said planes were not completely full.
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5.18pm The World Health Organisation says the radiation risk from Japan’s nuclear crisis remains highly localised, with no sign of an immediate threat elsewhere in Asia. Michael O’Leary, head of WHO in China, says there is “no evidence of a signicant spread of radioactive material” beyond the immediate area around the Fukushima nuclear plant.
1.32pm As expected, the death toll continues to rise, with the number of confirmed dead now at 6405, according to police.
The number of people missing increased to 10,295.
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1.19pm Extra Jetstar jets and Qantas flights are on standby to help Australians leave Japan, reported Sky News.
Life goes on as usual in Osaka where many people from Tokyo have taken refuge after the quake and tsunami disaster. Picture: Getty Images
12.25pm Japanese news agencies are reporting the Tokyo Fire Department has sent numerous fire engines to the Fukushima nuclear plant.
An elderly tsunami survivor who was a being treated at a hospital at the time of the tsunami now lies in a bed at shelter for earthquake victims in Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture yesterday. Picture: AFP
9.13am The New York Times has created a great Q&A on the nuclear emergency at Fukushima and the humanitarian crisis elsewhere in Japan. It answers questions ranging from, Why is the media giving such hysterical coverage to Fukushima? Is there a danger in interacting with people who have been exposed to radiation from this disaster? and, I keep seeing the phrase “shut down” in reference to the nuclear reactors at Fukushima, but clearly they are not shut down as they are still generating tremendous energy in the form of heat. How is a nuclear reactor “turned off”?
Headlights of vehicles stream along a landscape destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan yesterday. Kyodo News
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6.49am US Coal stocks are rising due to the uncertainty over the future of nuclear power after Japan’s quake and tsunami disaster devastated the country’s nuclear industry, reported Reuters.
The US Navy is shown lending a hand with the clean up, removing sediment yesterday from behind a damaged building. Sailors from Naval Air Facility at Misawa and its tenant commands are assisting with the clean up of the tsunami-damaged city. Picture: US Navy/Devon Dow
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6.17am The operator of the quake-hit Japanese nuclear reactors, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), opened an official Twitter account late yesterday, immediately drawing more than 117,000 followers.
Its Twitter account is @OfficialTEPCO available only in Japanese.
Katsuo Maiya, 73, cries in front of the rubble where his sister-in-law’s house stood in Rikuzentakata. His sister-in-law and her husband were killed in Friday’s quake. Picture: AP
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2.16am Kyodo news agency has published the latest report on the condition of the Fukushima No. 1 plant.
A woman is scanned for radiation exposure at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. Picture: AP
Woman scanned for radiation exposure in Fukushima
3.44am The International Monetary Fund says Japan has the financial means for a full recovery.
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ones, many found only bodies and many more are still looking.
Yoshie Murakami grieves Wednesday after she finds her mother in the rubble near her destroyed home in Rikuzentakata, Japan. Murakami’s 23-year-old daughter is still missing
A Japanese Self Defense Force soldier prays before removing the body of a tsunami victim found in the debris in the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture on March 17
A mother hugs her one-year-old twins as they are reunited five days after an earthquake
and a tsunami devastated northeastern coastal towns in Japan
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