07 3 / 2012

INTERACTIVE: Japan earthquake, then and now(Click on the link to view the interactive presentation)ABS-CBNnews.com On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. local time, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake jolted the northeast coastal area of Japan. The epicenter was in Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku. But the largest devastation was wrought on Iwate Prefecture, devastated by tsunami waves that reached as high as 40 meters (133 feet). It would turn out to be the strongest earthquake to hit Japan ever, more powerful than the Great Kanto earthquake that devastated Tokyo in 1923 or more recently, the Great Hanshin earthquake that shook the Kobe area in 1995. The quake took more than 19,000 lives with total damages estimated at over US$122 billion. Nearly a year later, a photographer of Agence France Presse (AFP) went back to the scenes where the original pictures of the quake were taken by AFP. Here, in an interactive format, is how the area looked like before and after.

INTERACTIVE: Japan earthquake, then and now

(Click on the link to view the interactive presentation)

ABS-CBNnews.com

On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. local time, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake jolted the northeast coastal area of Japan.

The epicenter was in Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku.

But the largest devastation was wrought on Iwate Prefecture, devastated by tsunami waves that reached as high as 40 meters (133 feet).

It would turn out to be the strongest earthquake to hit Japan ever, more powerful than the Great Kanto earthquake that devastated Tokyo in 1923 or more recently, the Great Hanshin earthquake that shook the Kobe area in 1995.

The quake took more than 19,000 lives with total damages estimated at over US$122 billion.

Nearly a year later, a photographer of Agence France Presse (AFP) went back to the scenes where the original pictures of the quake were taken by AFP. Here, in an interactive format, is how the area looked like before and after.

16 3 / 2011

Japan’s nuclear crisis has sparked panic buying of iodine pills, with online bids exceeding $500 for a single packet, but health experts hosed down the hysteria and warned the pills are of limited use. 

16 3 / 2011

BBC disowns ‘radioactive rain’ text hoax

A hoax text message warning Filipinos on “radioactive rain” following a leak at Japanese nuclear power plant has prompted the BBC to issue a statement. 
The state-owned British broadcaster on Tuesday officially disowned the text message, which earlier sparked panic across the country. 
The hoax stated:
“BBC Flash news: Japan Government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. If rain comes, remain indoors first 24 hours. Close doors and windows. Swab neck skin with betadine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Take extra precautions. Radiation may hit Philippine at around 4 pm today. If it rains today or in the next few days in Hong Kong. Do not go under the rain. If you get caught out, use an umbrella or raincoat, even if it is only a drizzle. Radioactive particles, which may cause burns, alopecia or even cancer, may be in the rain.”
“The BBC has issued no such flash,” the broadcaster said in its website. 
Read more at abs-cbnNEWS.com

BBC disowns ‘radioactive rain’ text hoax

A hoax text message warning Filipinos on “radioactive rain” following a leak at Japanese nuclear power plant has prompted the BBC to issue a statement. 

The state-owned British broadcaster on Tuesday officially disowned the text message, which earlier sparked panic across the country. 

The hoax stated:

“BBC Flash news: Japan Government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. If rain comes, remain indoors first 24 hours. Close doors and windows. Swab neck skin with betadine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Take extra precautions. Radiation may hit Philippine at around 4 pm today. If it rains today or in the next few days in Hong Kong. Do not go under the rain. If you get caught out, use an umbrella or raincoat, even if it is only a drizzle. Radioactive particles, which may cause burns, alopecia or even cancer, may be in the rain.”

“The BBC has issued no such flash,” the broadcaster said in its website. 

Read more at abs-cbnNEWS.com

11 3 / 2011

Map of Philippine provinces affected by Phivolcs tsunami alert.

Map of Philippine provinces affected by Phivolcs tsunami alert.