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JAPAN: 9.0 MONSTER QUAKE, MONSTROUS TIDAL WAVE AND ONGOING NUCLEAR INCIDENTS AMONG WORLD’S WORST DISASTERS

Words fail at times such as this. Prayers for Japan and all of Japan’s people.

Looking for avenues to help, large and small — at this rate, it is obvious that all helps of any proportion will be both necessary and appreciated, especially given the huge proportions of loss, damage and ongoing suffering — and this site will provide resources with links as they are discovered, in a post stuck to the top.

Daily Mail (U.K. site) has some highly informative photos, revealing but portions of the massive tragedy affecting Japan, among which photos with stories are:

Trains tossed around like discarded toys: Terrifying pictures reveal full horror of Japan’s worst quake
— By Daily Mail Reporter,
Last updated at 12:19 AM on 13th March 2011

The town that drowned: Fresh pictures from the port where 10,000 people are missing after it was swept away by the megaquake
– By Jo Macfarlane
Last updated at 2:56 AM on 13th March 2011

The tottering towers of Tokyo: Dramatic video footage of the moment the earthquake struck
– By Wil Longbottom
Last updated at 4:49 PM on 12th March 2011

Kyoto’s online newssite with the growing emergency news regarding Japan’s nuclear facilities:

Another reactor at Fukushima nuke plant loses cooling functions
– Kyodo News, March 13, 2011

And, from Channel News Asia:

US experts fear ‘Chernobyl-like’ crisis for Japan
13 March 2011

WASHINGTON – US nuclear experts warned Saturday that pumping sea water to cool a quake-hit Japanese nuclear reactor was an “act of desperation” that may foreshadow a Chernobyl-like disaster.

Several experts, in a conference call with reporters, also predicted that regardless of the outcome at the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant crisis, the accident will seriously damage the nuclear power renaissance.

“The situation has become desperate enough that they apparently don’t have the capability to deliver fresh water or plain water to cool the reactor and stabilize it, and now, in an act of desperation, are having to resort to diverting and using sea water,” said Robert Alvarez, who works on nuclear disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies.

“I would describe this measure as a ‘Hail Mary’ pass,” added Alvarez, using American football slang for a final effort to win the game as time expires. (— Continued).

Also, slideshow from the Wall Street Journal, depicting but a portion of the devastation.

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