Few in Japan, however, are placing blame for the unraveling nuclear disaster directly on the Democratic Party of Japan, which has wrestled with crises since taking over from the Liberal Democratic Party in 2009.
Shinmoedake volcano: The Shinmoedake cone on the Kirishima mountain range erupted on Sunday, the largest blast from the volcano in 52 years.
Fifty workers and fire hoses are all that remain at Japan's Fukushima I plant to cool three hot reactors and six pools containing spent fuel rods – perhaps for months to come.
Japanese workers raced against the clock to pump seawater into two damaged nuclear reactors. It’s a last-ditch effort to cool them enough to avert the kind of core meltdowns that happened at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.
Scientists at a press conference for anti-nuclear power groups say the Japanese nuclear reactor crisis could get worse before it gets better. But other scientists say it's not yet clear whether the accident will become another Three Mile Island – let alone a Chernobyl.
A nuclear plant in Japan is said to declare a state of emergency, as backup power used to cool three reactors runs low. Help is on the way. 'It's a dicey situation,' says nuclear specialist in US.
Flames rise from houses and debris half submerged by a tsunami in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11.
Japan tsunami: A massive 8.9 earthquake has struck northern Japan. Tsunami warnings have been issued for Japan and Russia, and a tsunami watch has been issued for Hawaii and other Pacific island nations in the region.
Japan's Shinmoedake volcano, known by James Bond aficionados as the lair of one of 007's enemies, scattered thick ash over a wide area, toppled trees, and shattered windows in buildings and cars five miles away.
Magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of a Japanese island early Wednesday morning. A tsunami warning was issued after the magnitude 7.4 earthquake.