sexta-feira, 11 de março de 2011

Live blog: Japan earthquake VI

Picture: Reuters

Carolyn Miles of Save The Children tells Al Jazeera they are concerned about children having been separated from their parents by the disaster.
It is expected there will be a huge international response. The aid will have to come from a lot of different places. These are hard places to get to in the northern-most part of Japan - but we have people on the way.
For children, reunifying them with their families is key. And to get them back into a routine, as the trauma can be very significant.
In Japan, I think we will do a lot of that work - but immediately, it's about getting people what they need to survive, such as drinking water.

President Obama is diverting an aircraft carrier and other warships stationed in the Pacific Ocean to Japan to help with relief efforts. This means thousands of US Marines, as well as electricity supplies, medical facilities and pumping systems will be made available to join Japanese recovery efforts.

Barack Obama, US president, speaks after waves caused by the earthquake reach American shores. While the islands of Hawaii are more at risk than the mainland, he tells citizens:
If you're told to evacuate, do as you're told.

A quick correction: a number of viewers have pointed out that the video we posted at 7.22pm appears to have been taken in New Zealand during the earthquake there, as opposed to in Japan. Our apologies for that. As we've said before, we can't always verify the authenticity of videos posted on external websites, but we welcome your comments to help us track them down!

As a reminder, you can watch our rolling live coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake online. If you live in the United States and your cable provider does not broadcast Al Jazeera, don't forget to Demand Al Jazeera!

Live pictures from a marina in Santa Monica, California, show that several boats have broken their moorings, but there does not appear to be any major damage after the first waves from the tsunami hit.

Nearly 6,000 residents living in a three-kilometre radius of the Fukushima No 1 nuclear power plant, where a cooling failure was reported, have now been ordered to evacuate.
The reactor shut down after the earthquake, but a cooling system failure led to concerns, though the government has said the situation is "under control". The US, as reported earlier, has delivered coolant to the plant.
"An instruction has been issued to residents within a radius of three kilometres to evacuate and those within three to 10 kilometres to stay indoors," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano.
"This is an evacuation instruction just for precaution, and there has been no radiation leak from the reactor."

The Bank of Japan says it will be cutting down a two-day policy review session scheduled for next week to just one day on Monday, and promises that it will do its best to ensure financial markets remain stable.
Economists have expressed concern over what effect the economic fallout of the earthquake and tsunami will have on a country that has been attempting to emerge from an economic slump.

No major damage has been reported after the first waves from the tsunami hit the US mainland coast in the states of Hawaii, Alaska and Oregon, the Associated Press reports.
Waves about 7 feet high were recorded on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and 3 feet on the islands of Oahu and Kauai.
Meanwhile, two US Navy submarines broke their moorings in Guam after being hit by the wave, but tug boats were able to tow the ships back to the pier. No damage was reported, either to those ships, or the larger US Navy fleet in Hawaii.

This video, purportedly shot in a Tokyo supermarket, shows the grocery store being buffetted by the geological waves of the earthquake.
Japan's military is preparing a massive rescue and relief effort, with thousands of troops, 300 planes and 40 naval ships being deployed to perform reconnaissance and rescue missions.
Twenty naval destroyers and other ships have been sent to the devastated Pacific coast area of Honshu Island, while about 25 air force fighter jets are currently flying reconnaissance missions.
Army helicopters are rescuing hundreds of people stranded at an elementary school in Watari, Miyagi prefecture, the Kyodo news agency reports.
The US has 50,000 troops based in the country, and Takeaki Matsumoto, the Japanese foreign minister, has requested the US Ambassador to Japan to allow to support relief efforts.

A dam in Japan's northeastern Fukushima prefecture has broken, causing homes to be washed away, the Kyodo news agency reports.

Reuters reports that the United States has transported coolant to a Japanese nuclear plant that was affected by the earthquake. The report quotes Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, as saying:
We just had our Air Force assets in Japan transport some really important coolant to one of the nuclear plants. You know Japan is very reliant on nuclear power and they have very high engineering standards, but one of their plants came under a lot of stress with the earthquake and didn't have enough coolant.

The first waves from the tsunami caused by the earthquake have now reached the US mainland, along the Oregan coast.
Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu says high water reached Port Orford, Oregan at about 1530GMT (approximately half an hour ago). Warning sirens had been activated hours earlier by disaster management authorities, alerting people to leave the area.
In Alaska, the tsunami caused a wave of just over five feet at Shemya, in the Aleutian Islands (1,900km southwest of Anchorage).

 Al Jazeera has a new photo gallery of the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami across Japan. You can access it here.

Fonte: Al-Jazeera

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