Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 06:10:27 AM EST
An earthquake estimated at between 8.8 and 9.0 and tsunamis it triggered hit northern Japan yesterday. Among the massive damage caused, given European Tribune's special attention to energy, those affecting installations of the energy industry are of special relevance here. In addition to major fires at LNG terminals, the quake damaged a number of nuclear reactors, and emergency cooling systems didn't work properly, leading to an explosion.
As the comments thread of the original Japanese Earthquake Diary grew rather long, here is a new one.
SNAPSHOT-Developments after major Japan earthquake | Reuters
(Reuters) - Following are main developments in the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck northeast Japan on Friday.
- Death toll expected to exceed 1,300, domestic media say, with most people appeared to have drowned.
* Chief Cabiet Secretary Yukio Edano says there was an explosion at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) Fukushima nuclear power plant after the quake but not at the reactor container. He added that no large amount of radiation leakage was expected.
- Fukushima prefecture says the ceiling of TEPCO's reactor has collapsed. NHK says the outer structure of the building that houses the reactor appeared to have blown off.