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  • Japan’s Earthquake: Progress is Slow or None at All

    Close to 15,700 people have been confirmed dead and another 4,666 people are missing, with little reason to believe they are alive. Japan says 120,000 homes and buildings were destroyed, affecting 500,000 people and causing an estimated $300 billion in damage.

    The record-breaking earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan were so strong, scientists say, they rattled the Earth’s upper atmosphere, knocked icebergs off Antarctica and shifted northeast Japan’s coastline more than 10 feet eastward. Damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has become the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, the plant that blew up in the former Soviet Union in 1986.

    Close to 15,700 people have been confirmed dead and another 4,666 people are missing, with little reason to believe they are alive. Japan says 120,000 homes and buildings were destroyed, affecting 500,000 people and causing an estimated $300 billion in damage. The disaster is the most expensive in modern history; recovery costs may be three times those of Hurricane Katrina.

    Tens of thousands of people have moved into newly built temporary housing but more than 35,000 people are still sleeping in places such as school gymnasiums without air-conditioning. Spreading for 12 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant is a wasteland of radioactive contamination where no one can return.

    At public meetings, residents have been lashing out at government officials for not doing enough to respond to the disaster. A survey by Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper showed that support for the Cabinet of then-prime minister Naoto Kan dropped to a record low of 18% in August.

    “I most worry that the Japanese government is still not telling the truth,” says Narumi Sato, one of about 80,000 people forced to leave his home near the Fukushima plant.

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    Calvin Wilson
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