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Tsunami Warning Issued in Japan After New, Powerful Quake

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A 7.1 earthquake has struck near Miyagi prefecture, the same area struck by the  March 11 quake and tsunami. Tsunami warnings have been issued...

AP: "The Japan meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for a wave of up to 6 feet. The warning was issued for a coastal area already torn apart by last month's tsunami, which is believed to have killed some 25,000 people and has sparked an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant. However, the Pacific Tsunami Center, operated by the United States, has not issued an oceanwide warning. The center said the Japanese coast could feel 'small effects, possibly destructive but in a small local area.'"

TEPCO, the agency monitoring the nuclear reactors, report no new damage so far, according to CNN.


Dog Adrift On Floating Debris Rescued In Japan

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A dog was found alive on top of a large debris field floating one mile off the northern shore of Japan - three weeks after that country's earthquake and tsunami. A helicopter crew spotted the dog who initially repeatedly ran away from rescuers before finally being caught several hours later.

After reading about Japan's mounting death toll and worries over radiation contamination, it's nice to come across a heartwarming story like this one. Watch the rescue, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Watch: A Personal Message from George Takei About the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

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George Takei asks for your help with the crisis in Japan.

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Watch: Dog Tsunami Victim Won't Leave Other Dog's Side

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A heartbreaking reminder that many animals were victims of the earthquake/tsunami as well.

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Writes Kenn Sakurai on Facebook:

"This is what it's like when we could find the dogs at the actual disaster area. The white has gotten weak but the brown one is not allowing to get closer. The TV crew shot this. We have already got these dog. But it too two hours to take them to the closest shelter. The guys who had done that had the bigger plastic cage on the back of the bike. Having such weight on the back is risky for going the way with no road...Those two dogs are rescued. The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area. But please know that those two are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and we need help."

Sakurai works at Butch-Japan - an animal rescue organization. Donations at PayPal can be accepted at rescue@butch-japan.jp. If you want to read more, go to his Facebook page, and here.

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Watch: CNBC's Larry Kudlow 'Grateful' That 'Human Toll' of Earthquake is Greater Than the 'Economic Toll'

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A rather poor choice of phrasing from CNBC's Larry Kudlow: "The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that."

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Watch: Second Explosion at Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

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A second explosion has occurred at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

The Japan Times:

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano gave assurances that the No. 3 reactor's containment vessel survived the explosion, just like the one at the No. 1 reactor, which blew up its housing on Saturday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., struggling to cool down all three reactors, said the water level in the No. 2 reactor is still above the fuel rods, but officials are scrambling to prevent a meltdown.

The latest hydrogen explosion came as the government — confronted by the massive rescue and body retrieval operation all along the Tohoku region coast, and the threat of massive power outages in the Kanto region — scrambled to prevent a nuclear meltdown that could be triggered by overheating fuel rods.

NYT: "As the scale of Japan’s nuclear crisis begins to come to light, experts in Japan and the United States say the country is now facing a cascade of accumulating problems that suggest that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks or even months."

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