Daily Archives: March 11, 2011

This interactive map tracks the impact of Friday’s earthquake in Japan, as well as the resulting tsunami across the Pacific.

Follow the latest news on Japan’s earthquake here.

Japan has declared a “nuclear emergency” at an atomic plant north of Tokyo after cooling systems failed following the country’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

Naoto Kan, prime minister, stressed that no radiation had leaked from the Fukushima Daiichi facility’s six reactors. But residents living within 3km of the plant were being evacuated by the military, and those within 10km told to stay in their homes.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the world’s nuclear watchdog, said on Friday that it was seeking further details about the situation at a Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which has been hit by the earthquake.

Japan has declared a heightened state of alert at the nuclear power plant, which is a boiling water reactor with six units.

For rolling coverage of the Japanese earthquake, follow the FT’s live blog here.

With a magnitude of 8.9, according to the British and US geological surveys, the offshore quake is the biggest since the magnitude 9.1 event off the coast of Indonesia that triggered the devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 – and Japan’s biggest quake in recorded history.

After the destruction caused by the initial quake, there are two imminent dangers: aftershocks and tsunami. Dozens of aftershocks have already shaken weakened buildings across northern Japan, including a magnitude 7.1 tremor.

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