The "60 Minutes"team on assignment in Japan takes viewers behind the story, as the crew travels from Tokyo to the heart of the catastrophe that started with an earthquake and continues with the threat of nuclear radiation leaks. Co-producers Nicole Young and Daniel Ruetenik talk us through their experiences on the long journey, as the group comes within miles of the dangerous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor plan. And "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley shares the kind of moment "reporters lose sleep over" just before he walks into gymnasium full of bodies. Watch Scott Pelley's report Nuclear meltdown: A refresher on Chernobyl <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
A look at Japan one week into the disaster. New Orleanians watching the dramatic images from Japan's tsunami feel deep sympathy for the thousands of people affected by the disaster. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake, Japan's strongest and one of the largest ever recorded in the world, also caused a devastating tsunami. With the same mixture of resilience and resignation that has lifted Japan out of previous disasters, many survivors of last Friday's calamity are calmly pitching in to help themselves and others, taking life one day at a time.
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By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI And ERIC BELLMAN The massive tsunami destroyed most of the neighborhood in Sendai where Kayo Kikuchi and her father live. But somehow their two dogs, Towa and Melody, survived. WSJ's Daisuke Wakabayashi and Lam Thuy Vo report. ARAHAMA, Miyagi Prefecture—When the tsunami warnings sounded after the massive earthquake that struck Japan on Friday, Masaki Kikuchi sprinted upstairs to grab his sleeping 12-year-old daughter before racing away to escape the rushing waters. In the backyard tied to a small shed, Mr.
By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI , KOSAKU NARIOKA And TOKO SEKIGUCHI IWANUMA, Japan—As the tsunami warnings subsided in the area near Sendai airport in Miyagi prefecture, one of the locations decimated by the giant waves that followed the devastating earthquake that struck Japan Friday, local residents started the recovery process. The head of police in Miyagi said it is inevitable that the number of casualties in the prefecture alone would reach 10,000, according to unconfirmed local-media reports. Hundreds of cars and large parts of the area surrounding Sendai Airport were submerged as the tsunami flooded nearby waterways. Stunned locals stared at the damage and consoled one another in the debris-covered streets. Scenes From Sendai
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Energy & Sustainability :: Features :: March 11, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print Maps and on-the-ground views reveal the aftermath and its extent By Nina Bai Image: COURTESY OF NOAA CENTER FOR TSUNAMI RESEARCH At 2:46 P.M. local time March 11, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Sendai, a port city of one million residents in northeastern Japan. It was the largest earthquake recorded in Japan in the last century.
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