Thursday, 7 April 2011

Tsunami Fukushima, Northeast of Tokyo


A massive tsunami spawned by a powerful earthquake slammed into Japan's northeastern coast on March 11, killing thousands and crippling a nuclear power plant. Scores of aftershocks have rattled the country since, adding to the sense of unease across Japan, where the final death toll is expected to top 18,000 people, with hundreds of thousands still homeless.
The damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, 140 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, has also leaked dangerous radiation into the environment. The tsunami engulfed much of the complex, and destroyed the crucial power systems needed to cool the complex's nuclear fuel rods.
An AP interactive below features before-and-after satellite imagery of the damage; animations detailing the effects of radiation; a video gallery of earthquake and tsunami victims; live Japan disaster twitter feeds; and a map of the epicenter of the quake:

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