Japan Earthquake

12:58 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Report: Bad Procedures Caused the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Smoke rises from Unit No. 3 of the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 1:21 pm

On the same day Japan's first nuclear power plant went back online, a panel of Japanese officials released a scathing report on last year's nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant. Their view? The crisis was preventable.

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11:20 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Freescale Semiconductor Closing Japan Plant Early Due to Quake

Austin-based microchip maker Freescale Semiconductor is closing a Japan plant ahead of schedule because of the disaster in March.
Photo by Freescale Semiconductor

One of the largest companies based in Central Texas, Freescale Semiconductor, says it is closing a manufacturing plant in earthquake ravaged Sendai, Japan.

The company made the announcement in a statement posted on its website:

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News Brief
6:24 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Top Morning Stories March 14, 2011

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Another Blast at Japan Nuclear Plant

All eyes are on Japan’s nuclear power emergency after Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami.  Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano reports a hydrogen explosion happened at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Monday.  It was similar to Saturday's blast at a different unit.  More on the explosion from NPR.org:

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Sunday News Roundup
11:03 am
Sun March 13, 2011

Sunday Morning News Memo for March 13, 2011

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Japan Death Toll Soars

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SXSW 2011
3:52 pm
Sat March 12, 2011

Japan Disaster Shifts Focus At SXSW Interactive

People watch live coverage of the disaster in Japan at the CNN SXSW Grill in downtown Austin.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

The Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant emergency have derailed plans for many South by Southwest attendees who work for non-profit fundraising organizations. Even those outside that community have been riveted by the scale of the calamity.

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Breaking News
6:07 am
Fri March 11, 2011

8.9 Magnitude Earthquake, Major Tsunami Hit Japan

Central Texans are waking up Friday morning to the news about Japan’s major earthquake and tsunami.  The entire U.S. West Coast is under a tsunami warningHawaii has ordered evacuations of coastal areas.  As of 6 a.m. Austin Bergstrom International Airport’s website was not showing any flight cancelations to the West Coast. From the Associated Press:

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