Japan struggles in quake's aftermath (week in review)
A week after Japan's devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, the country deals with disaster relief efforts and a nuclear crisis. Also: more iPad 2 buzz and SXSW updates.
It's been a week since Japan's devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami. Amid the disaster cleanup and relief efforts, new problems continue to evolve, such as the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Anxiety over the damaged facility increased Wednesday as the United States' top nuclear regulator told Congress theby the Japanese government and that "extremely high" could hamper containment efforts. On Friday, Japan's nuclear safety agency raised the severity of the crisis to level 5, up from 4, on a scale going up to 7, according to The New York Times.
The American Embassy in Tokyo, meanwhile, recommended evacuation to U.S. citizens within 50 miles of the plant--an area much larger than the approximately 12-mile radius established by the Japanese. Still, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission maintained that there was little cause for worry about radioactive drift on the part of residents of Hawaii or the West Coast of the U.S.
Among other efforts to address the issues at the plant, the facility's operator said it hoped to be able toSaturday to help restore crucial cooling systems.
Other quake news: The U.S. militarylike Amazon and YouTube from the .mil computer network to reserve bandwidth for use in quake recovery efforts, and Google is . At the same time, tech industry watchers are concerned about how the earthquake will affect companies and consumers. For example, it's likely to lead to shortages of memory, LCD displays, and other key electronic components, thereby .
for more complete coverage of the earthquake and how Japan is dealing with the aftermath.
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