Japan reels from earthquake, nuclear crisis (roundup)

A magnitude 9.0 quake and aftershocks bring devastation to Japan, send tsunamis racing across the Pacific, and pose a grave danger to several nuclear power plants.

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A magnitude 9.0 quake and aftershocks bring devastation to Japan, send tsunamis racing across the Pacific, and pose a grave danger to several nuclear power plants.

U.S. military aids Japan in wake of disaster (photos)

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Machines clear rubble as Japan ranks crisis with Chernobyl

A month after the historic quake in Japan, robots and remote-controlled vehicles are getting to work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
(Posted in Crave by Tim Hornyak)
April 11, 2011 8:20 PM PT

T-Hawk MAV, helicopter drones join Japan effort

The robot response to the Fukushima crisis becomes increasingly multinational as France and the U.S. send more machines to Japan.
(Posted in Crave by Tim Hornyak)
April 6, 2011 7:08 PM PT

Where are the robots in Japan's nuclear crisis?

They're coming from America, not Japan. iRobot sends in PackBots and Warriors to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.
• Power line for Japan reactor could come Saturday
• Overheating, radiation troubles mount at Japan reactors
• Japan issues radiation warning after 3rd explosion
(Posted in Crave by Tim Hornyak)
March 19, 2011 4:28 PM PT

FAQ: What are the health concerns in Japan's nuclear crisis?

The greatest danger from radiation is to plant workers who are trying to prevent a large-scale release of radioactive material, which would affect the immediate area.
• Japan radiation fears grow
• Report reveals U.S. nuclear plant safety issues
(Posted in Green Tech by Martin LaMonica)
March 16, 2011 10:25 AM PT

Poll: Do nuclear power plants scare you?

The crisis in Japan has made some reconsider the safety of nuclear power--or give it more thought than they ever had. How do you feel?
(Posted in Crave by Tim Hornyak)
March 18, 2011 4:43 PM PT

Before and after the Japanese tsunami (photos)

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How to avoid disaster-related Internet scams

Officials warn of scams in the wake of the disasters in Japan. Here's how to avoid them.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
March 17, 2011 10:34 AM PT

How quake is disrupting supply of batteries, LCD displays

You can't sell notebook PCs without lithium ion batteries, and it turns out many of the companies making batteries or parts for them are in areas of Japan affected by the quake. It's also hard to make LCD screens amid rolling blackouts.
• Key Japan-made iPad 2 parts in focus
(Posted in Business Tech by Arik Hesseldahl)
March 16, 2011 4:56 PM PT

Engineering technologies for earthquake safety

video Today we're talking about engineering for earthquakes, and how what we know about geology affects how buildings and other structures are designed for different locations. Our guests: a structural engineer and a geologist from the USGS.
(Posted in Reporters' Roundtable by Rafe Needleman)
March 18, 2011 4:18 PM PT

U.S. military blocks sites to free space for quake relief

Amazon, YouTube, 11 other sites popular with military personnel are blocked from the .mil computer system in effort to reserve bandwidth for use in quake recovery efforts.
• Google digitizing lists of Japan shelter dwellers
• Apple to delay iPad 2 sales in Japan
(Posted in Business Tech by Brooke Crothers)
March 15, 2011 5:29 PM PT

From Tokyo to Calif., radiation tracking gets crowdsourced

A relative dearth of official information on radiation levels relating to the intensifying nuclear crisis in Japan is leading some to turn to crowdsourced options.
(Posted in Cutting Edge by Eric Mack)
March 15, 2011, 11:40 AM PT

Watch this: After tragedies, scammers thrive

Japan crisis challenges nuclear around the world

The tense nuclear emergency in Japan will likely lead to efforts to review plant safety and reshape the debate over the future of nuclear power which had been gaining support.
• Nukes chief: Costs, not safety, block new plants
• After contamination, U.S. naval fleet repositions
• Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants
(Posted in Green Tech by Martin LaMonica)
March 14, 2011 3:54 PM PT

Japanese quake shortened day just a smidgen

It's not as big a change as what the wind and ocean currents cause, but last week's massive quake changed how the Earth spins.
(Posted in Deep Tech by Stephen Shankland)
March 15, 2011 9:24 AM PDT

Quake likely to affect LCD, memory prices

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami could lead to shortages of memory, LCD displays, and other key electronic components, thereby increasing their prices, says IHS iSuppli.
• Quake hasn't affected all LCD supplies
(Posted in Business Tech by Lance Whitney)
March 15, 2011 9:18 AM PDT

Rescue robots deployed in Japan earthquake ops

Snake robots and rolling camera bots may help out with operations, with U.S. cyber-rescuers waiting in the wings.
(Posted in Crave by Tim Hornyak)
March 14, 2011, 12:22 p.m. PT

Watch this: As supplies in Japan dwindle, prices may increase

Japan quake death toll expected to top 10,000

Japan prime minister calls the quake, tsunami, and nuclear threat the country's biggest crisis since the end of World War II.
• As death toll mounts, nuclear scare widens evacuation
(Posted in Business Tech by Steven Musil)
March 13, 2011, 7:00 PM PT

Tech firms face outages

Panasonic, Square-Enix, and NTT Communications are among the tech companies in Japan that have confirmed their operations have been put on hold in some cases following the massive quake and tsunami that hit that country Friday.
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
March 14, 2011 9:33 AM PT

Failed phones: Reaching Sendai feels futile

Trying to find people in the the tsunami-ravaged areas of Sendai, Japan, is practically impossible if you're not there. Here's Brooke Crothers' brief account.
• AT&T offers free calling, texting to Japan
• ChatTime app allows free calls to quake-hit Japan
(Posted in Nanotech: The Circuits by Brooke Crothers)
March 13, 2011, 7:35 PM PT

Aftermath of Japan's earthquake (photos)

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Despite quake, Japan's Net connections strong

Internet research Renesys says it's surprised by how little the quakes have affected the undersea Internet cables that keep Japan connected to the rest of the world.
(Posted in Business Tech by Arik Hesseldahl)
March 12, 2011, 3:50 PM PT

Quake, tsunami test Japan's monitoring systems

How did Japan's vaunted tech prowess and quake preparedness fare in the 8.8-magnitude quake?
(Posted in Cutting Edge by Tim Hornyak)
March 11, 2011, 5:40 PM PT

Flash memory chip supply may take hard hit

Japan is home to the world's largest flash memory chip complex. The impact of the Japan earthquake on the facility could be large, according to an early report.
• Japanese electronics firms grapple with quake's effects
(Posted in Nanotech: The Circuits Blog by Brooke Crothers)
March 11, 2011 1:41 PM PT

Nuclear emergency declared in northeastern Japan

Officials order some 3,000 people 170 miles northeast of Tokyo to evacuate the area after a power outage triggered by the earthquake causes one reactor's cooling system to fail.
• Video: Plant explosions cause many to leave Fukushima
(Posted in Health Tech by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore)
March 11, 2011 11:20 a.m. PT

Early coverage

Twitter, Facebook vital as cell networks jam

Cell phone networks are jammed as millions of Japanese struggle in the aftermath of the 8.9-magnitude quake and tsunami that hit the country today.
(Posted in Crave by Tim Hornyak)
March 11, 2011, 9:24 a.m. PT

Major quakes hit Japan; tsunami warning for U.S.

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan early Friday, generating a series of tsunamis along the northeast coast and causing major damage and widespread panic.
(Posted in Digital Media by Steven Musil, Edward Moyer, and Stephen Shankland)
March 11, 2011, 8:33 a.m. PT

Online resources for Japan quake info

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami have crippled Japan. Here are places to turn to online for information and aid.
• SXSW responds to Japan disasters
• Earthquake video shows how engineering may have saved lives
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
March 11, 2011, 8:21 a.m. PT

SF Bay Area spared tsunami damage

update At least one person is missing, and some harbors and boats are damaged, after Tsunami waves from Japan quake hit California. SF area, however, avoids harm.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
March 11, 2011 7:43 a.m. PT--last update at 4:13 p.m

Tokyo quake puts data centers, cloud services at risk

The disaster comes as many tech giants, including Amazon and Salesforce, were setting up data centers in Tokyo to meet demand for cloud-computing services.
(Posted in Business Tech by Larry Dignan)
March 11, 2011 5:09 AM PT