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Azerbaijani victim of Japan earthquake, Shaig Jafarov’s interview to BakuPost.

Shaig Jafarov

by Tahmina Pashayeva

Shaig Jafarov was born in Lankaran, the city of Azerbaijan. He studied at Faculty of Oriental Studies of Baku State University in 2001. Then he entered University of Languages of Japan in 2005. Now he studies at the Center of Foreign Cultural Research of Tohoku University of Japan.

Tell me  about the earthquake in Japan?

I live near the Sendai station far from the the center of the city. That night I was at the university. Then came back  home at eight oclock morning. But the earthquake took part at 3:46 p.m. 7.0 –magnitude earthquake took place in Senday city, but 9.0- magnitude earthquake happened in the sea. The earthquake continued without interruption. I was staying on the fourth floor of the five-storey building. When the earthquake began I run to the five floor. Because if the building would destroyed, I could not be survived. Then I went to the yard. All the inhabitants were in there. We did not know when the earthquake would stopped. The earth was shaking every ten minutes. It began to snow very hard after an hour. It coincides with the coming tsunami. There was no electricity, gas, telecommunications and water. I was looking for my friends. Then I found my English friend and Iranian friends at night. I stayed with my Iranian friends in a car two days. The weather was very cold. Then I went to my friend’s house which was situated in the center of the city. I shot what was happening with my camera. It was interesting there were not any destructions in the place where I live. Continue reading

Misplaced trust: 30-foot tsunami wall didn’t save Japanese village

By Paula Hancocks, CNN

Ryoishi, Japan (CNN) — Kawasaki Takeshi tried to hide his eyes as he breaks down. He is reliving the moment the “great wave” chased him and his wife into the hills. Continue reading

Japan says quake rebuilding to cost as much as 25tn yen

The earthquake and tsunami have caused massive damage to Japan’s infrastructure

Japan has said it will cost as much as 25 trillion yen ($309bn; £189bn) to rebuild the country after the deadly earthquake and tsunami.(bbc.co.uk)

The cost is about 6% of Japan’s total economic output in 2010 and is the biggest estimate so far.

According to the World Bank, Japan will need up to five years to rebuild and recover from the damage caused.

The devastation has been described as the country’s biggest crisis since the end of World War II. Continue reading

Kan vows to disclose more info on nuclear crisis to world

Friday 18th March, 06:30 PM JST

TOKYO —Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday vowed to provide more information to the entire world on the country’s quake-triggered nuclear crisis, as the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano stated his readiness to offer support to combat it (www.japantoday.com).

‘‘The international community’s view is that they want more volume of accurate information more quickly,’’ Amano told reporters after meeting Kan and other cabinet ministers to discuss the disaster involving the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Amano, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said an IAEA team will engage in radiation monitoring activities in Japan and that one liaison officer will be stationed in Tokyo to enhance communication with relevant entities. Continue reading

Japan steps up cooling operation-BBC News

Helicopters undertake water spraying to cool nuclear reactors

Japan says it is stepping up efforts to cool reactors at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Army helicopters dumped tonnes of water to try to prevent a meltdown of fuel rods. Water cannon will join the operation shortly and it is hoped electricity will be restored soon.

Increasing alarm has been expressed in the US at the crisis.

The confirmed death toll from Friday’s 9.0 magnitude quake, which triggered a tsunami, has risen above 5,000.

Police say 5,178 are confirmed dead and another 8,606 people are still missing. Continue reading

Latest news from Japan-The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a far bleaker appraisal on Wednesday of the threat posed by Japan’s nuclear crisis than the Japanese government had offered. He said American officials believe that the damage to at least one crippled reactor was much more serious than Tokyo had acknowledged, and he advises Americans to stay much farther away from the plant than the perimeter established by Japanese authorities.

The announcement opened a new and ominous chapter in the five-day-long effort by Japanese engineers to bring the six side-by-side reactors under control after their cooling systems were knocked out by an earthquake and a tsunami last Friday. It also suggested a serious split between Washington and its closest Asian ally at an especially delicate moment. Continue reading