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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Disaster in Japan: March 17 Live Blog

From Al-Jazeera live blog :

" (All times are local in Japan GMT+9)


US president Barack Obama told Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan the United States will do all it can to help Japan recover from an earthquake and tsunami. The White House said in a statement after the two leaders spoke by phone:

"The president briefed Prime Minister Kan on the additional support being provided by the US, including specialised military assets with expertise in nuclear response and consequence management. Prime Minister Kan briefed the president on the status of Japanese actions to contain the nuclear emergency and to bring the situation under control."


The official death toll of the earthquake and tsunami has risen to 5,198, the Japanese police say. Thousands are still missing.


The New York Times has reported that a United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday."

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