Five years after tsunami, taxi company still fighting

Mar 11, 2016
Sendai's Smile Smile Taxi rebuilds its business 5 years after Japan's disaster.
Smile Smile Taxi owners Emi Sato and her father Matsuo Sato stand outside their headquarters that was partially destroyed five years ago.
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Five years later, Japanese city still dealing with loss

Mar 11, 2016
Sendai is still picking up from Japan's worst earthquake and tsunami on record.
A house from the surrounding neighborhood lays upside down on the edge of Nakano Elementary's pool in the days after a tsunami destroyed the surrounding neighborhood, killing more than a thousand people in the city of Sendai.
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Japan prepares to restart its nuclear power plants

Aug 7, 2015
The country's safety culture needed updating to prevent a Fukushima-type disaster.

Japan's latest Fukushima fix: 'Game of Thrones'-like?

Sep 3, 2013
Japan's latest response to the Fukushima radiation leak sounds like science fiction: A wall of ice. Ice walls are common in tunneling; it's the radiation that makes this job different.

Japan marks two year anniversary of tsunami

Mar 11, 2013
Today's anniversary is being marked with protests against nuclear power in Japan. But can the country sustain a non-nuclear energy policy?

Japan earthquake spotlights nation's disaster preparedness

Dec 7, 2012
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan. While there are no reports of significant damage, how are the Japanese responding a year and a half after the country's previous tsunami disaster?

Government report blames Fukushima disaster on culture

Jul 5, 2012
A Japanese government report on the Fukushima nuclear crisis puts the blame squarely on culture -- namely, a cozy relationship between politicians, regulators and the nuclear power industry. It goes so far as to suggest the accident might have occurred…

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India's first responses to earthquake and tsunami warnings

Apr 11, 2012
An 8.6 magnitude earthquake centered nearly 300 miles off of Indonesia has people around the Indian Ocean as far away as East Africa moving to higher ground. An 8.2 aftershock three hours later prompted a second tsunami warning.

Markets feeling the ripples from Europe and earthquake

Apr 11, 2012
There were several massive earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia today, triggering tsunami warnings across the Indian Ocean. Those warnings have been cancelled and no serious damage has been reported so far.