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Fukushima’s power plant crisis again dominated the news on Tuesday. By the end of the day, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said that there was not yet confirmation of water levels or temperature in Unit 4 of Fukushima No. 1 power plant. In the morning a blast shoot Unit 4 and led to a news conference in which Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano and Prime Minister Naoto Kan called for calm.
- Radiation levels surrounding the plant have led the government to evacuate residents within a 20 km radius of the power plants and advise those living between 20 km and 30 km of the plants to stay indoors at all times.
- A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook the Tokai region at 10:31 Japan time. Bullet trains were suspended between Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture and Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. Fujinomiya in Shizuoka Prefecture. No tsunami warning was issued after the earthquake, and no damage was done to the prefecture’s power plant in Hamaoka. The government warned of the possibility of landslides and the possibility of structural damage to buildings.
- Some 10,000 people were reported dead or missing in Japan’s largest earthquake since records began, as rescue crews continued to work in the north of the country. More than half a million people are currently staying in shelters, with weather conditions worsening in some areas, while obtaining gas remains a huge problem.
- Despite the Bank of Japan pumping ¥23 trillion into the economy in two days, Japan’s market is still suffering from investor jitters in the market. The key Nikkei 225 Index lost more than 10 percent in trading through the day, after suffering similarly severe drops the day before.
- Facebook reported that the government has enough supplies for areas not affected by the earthquake and requested that people make an effort not horde when going shopping.