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Japan Discovers How to Keep Popsicles From Melting

And it was completely by accident

(Newser) - Eating ice cream on a hot summer's day presents something of a challenge—one must tackle the meltiest spots fast enough, before the treat becomes a mess on the ground. But this summer in Japan, people are enjoying better living through chemistry with a new type of popsicle that... More »

Tsunami Expected After Earthquake Near Fukushima

Residents advised to flee the coast

(Newser) - A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.3 earthquake hit off of Fukushima, Japan, Monday, the AP reports. Per Reuters , residents have been advised to flee the Fukushima coast and a tsunami was expected "within minutes." The story is developing. More »

He Learned to Dive to Find His Wife's Body in the Sea

Jennifer Percy on those still searching for the dead, 5 years after the tsunami

(Newser) - Yasuo Takamatsu explained to his instructor why, at 56, he wanted to learn to dive. "I'm trying to find my wife in the sea." Five years after Japan was ravaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami , Jennifer Percy tells an incredible story in the New ... More »

Mystery Foam Strikes Japanese City After Quakes

One tweeter in Fukuoka calls it "disgusting"

(Newser) - A mysterious foam spread through the streets of a Japanese city on Saturday after two earthquakes struck the country , killing dozens of people, Mashable reports. With pedestrians and drivers in Fukuoka moving through the muck, people posted images of it on Twitter ( here and here ). One called it... More »

Japan Quake Rattled Volcano Into 'Critical State'

Pressure has increased under Mount Fuji

(Newser) - As if Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami didn't wreak enough havoc, the country could be facing an additional threat from it: The threat from Mount Fuji, an active volcano, has grown, a study says. The earthquake boosted the pressure under the newly listed World Heritage site, researchers find,... More »

Bizarre Tsunami Ghost Stories Haunt Japan

But is the country's cult of ancestors behind it all?

(Newser) - An unusual outbreak has struck Japan in the wake of the 2011 tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people—of ghosts, possessions, and exorcisms. Reverend Kaneda, the top priest at a Zen temple, says he personally exorcised several people who had been invaded by the spirits of tsunami victims, writes... More »

Roam Abandoned Fukushima Town, Courtesy Google

Street View comes to Namie, Japan

(Newser) - If you like occasionally roaming the streets of the world on Google Maps, there's a bleak new destination you should check out: Namie, Japan , a town in Fukushima Prefecture that's been abandoned ever since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Google has just added street view images... More »

Japan Marks 2 Years Since Quake, Tsunami

300K still displaced as recovery continues

(Newser) - Japan fell silent today to mark the second anniversary of the country's worst natural disaster in living memory, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 19,000 people dead or missing and devastated large areas along its northeast coast. "I pray that the peaceful lives of those affected... More »

Alaska Coast Like a 'Landfill' 2 Years After Tsunami

Hawaii, British Columbia not sitting much prettier

(Newser) - We're about a month away from the two-year anniversary of the earthquake that spawned Japan's devastating tsunami . Saying its effects linger far from Japanese shores is an understatement, per some recent reports:
  • In Alaska: "You're basically standing in landfill out here," says the head of
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Major Quake Looms for Ill-Prepared Oregon

'Oregon is not ready,' says an expert

(Newser) - Oregon is sitting on a ticking time bomb, and stands a 40% chance of getting hit by a major earthquake—possibly as big as the one that hit Japan last year—in the next half-century, according to an ominous new report out of Oregon State University. Adding to concern: Shaking... More »

Fukushima Was 'Man-Made Disaster'

Japanese government and regulators not off the hook

(Newser) - Maybe Mother Nature wasn't entirely to blame. Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear meltdown was really caused by good old-fashioned human error, rather than quavering earth or massive waves, according to an independent investigation that's upending earlier assumptions about the disaster and blasting regulators, the government response, Tepco, and... More »

Japan Restarts Nuke Reactor

Protests break out as public safety concerns persist

(Newser) - Japan re-entered the nuclear business today for the first time since the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdown more than a year ago, reports Reuters . Kansai Electric Power Co fired up the No. 3 reactor at its Ohi plant, and will add its No. 4 reactor later this month. The move comes as... More »

Washed Up in Washington: Japanese Home?

Kayakers find lumber, household supplies

(Newser) - Kayakers are scouring the coast of Washington state for more debris from Japan's tsunami—and their latest find, on a Makah Indian reservation 120 miles from Seattle, was rather haunting. A collection of nailed-together lumber produced by an Osaka factory, along with a bottle of kerosene with Japanese writing... More »

New Japan Import: Radioactive Bluefin

Study finds tuna off California with cesium levels 10X higher than usual

(Newser) - Radiation from Japan's nuclear meltdown keeps hitting US shores : The latest comes in the form of the bluefin tuna, a massive fish that can top 1,000 pounds and which spawn off the coast of Japan and rocket 6,000 miles across the Pacific to school off of California... More »

Fukushima Radiation Found in California Kelp

'It's not a good thing,' says researcher

(Newser) - A major fallout from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster has hit the coast of California, according to scientists. Radioactive iodine was found in giant kelp beds off Laguna Beach to Santa Cruz within a month of the meltdown, reports the Los Angeles Times . The radiation "represents a significant... More »

Somber Japan Marks Year Since Quake

Country pauses to remember its dead

(Newser) - At 2:46pm local time today, people all across Japan stood in silence to remember the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami exactly one year ago that killed more than 19,000 people, destroyed 370,000 homes, and created the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, reports the AP... More »

Global Happiness Tops Pre-Recession Levels

Happiness up most in developing world; rich Europe gloomier

(Newser) - People are happier today than they were before the worldwide recession hit, according to an Ipsos survey of 19,000 adults in 24 countries, reports the Economist . Those calling themselves "happy" numbered 77% in the poll, up from 74% in 2007, and those who labeled themselves "very happy"... More »

Japan's Economy Shrinks More Than Expected

Rising yen, falling international demand, led to 2.3% contraction

(Newser) - Economists were expecting the Japanese economy to contract in the last quarter of 2011, but not this badly, reports the BBC . Japan's gross domestic product shrunk 2.3% in the last three months of the year, much worse than the 1.4% economists were predicting, due to the yen... More »

And the Photo of the Year Is...

Samuel Aranda's photo from Yemen protests wins World Press Photo of the Year

(Newser) - A photo of a veiled woman comforting an injured man following a protest in Yemen has won the World Press Photo of the Year for 2011. The photo, taken by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda for the New York Times, "shows a poignant, compassionate moment, the human consequence of an... More »

Japan Reports 1st Trade Deficit in 30 Years

And that could mean trouble for its national debt

(Newser) - Japan reported its first trade deficit since 1980 today, a $32 billion shortfall caused in part by the tsunami that struck the country, and in part by the strengthening yen. And while the tsunami may have been a freak occurrence, experts tell the AP that the deficit isn't. "... More »

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