Friday/ the earthquake in Japan

I followed the news reports of the earthquake for the better part of the evening.   The link above shows pictures with shocking detail of the widespread damage.  Some damage was reported in Hawaii and in marinas along the California coast and a 25 year-old daredevil photographer was swept into the sea (he was standing on the beach) and drowned.

There is also concern for damage to Japan’s nuclear reactors.   Japan’s nuclear safety agency said the situation was most dire at Fukushima Daiichi’s Unit 1, where pressure had risen to twice what is consider the normal level.   The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement that diesel generators that normally would have kept cooling systems running at Fukushima Daiichi had been disabled by the tsunami’s flooding.

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