Japan toll goes over 10,000 dead

japoan-tsunami-image-31311.jpgJapan is probably the most prepared country in the world, but the spreading misery and risk of nuclear disaster shows that you can't prepare adequately for an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami. After Sunday passed, the death toll was assumed to soar over 10,000, even as rescuers made scattered discoveries of survivors in the debris. The situation at the worst of Japan's crippled nuclear power plants worsened, following another explosion and the necessary venting of radioactive particles into the air. A half-million people are now evacuated due to threat of radiation danger. Some links:

Death toll soars as Japan faces "cascade of accumulating problems" NYT, NYT

Japan's nuclear crisis widens LAT

Japanese American groups in L.A. use Web to respond to quake LAT

U.S. warships repositioned after detecting radiation offshore ABC

Wife of a Task Force 2 firefighter in Japan battles cancer at home in Riverside Riverside Patch

Riverside, sister city with Sendai, reaches out Rafu Shimpo

Disney temporarily closes two amusement parts in Japan KCBS

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