Japanese officials said the blast destroyed the building but that the reactor housing was still intact.
With the House and Senate no closer to agreeing on a federal budget – already five months overdue – House Republicans suggest moving back the deadline for a sixth time.
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Aftershocks for the economy include lost man-hours and sales. Japan will have to quickly rebuild infrastructure damaged by the quake and its aftershocks if its businesses are to rebound soon.
Like the other 14 biggest earthquakes since 1900, the magnitude 8.9 event – that shook Japan and triggered tsunamis that swept the Pacific – was created by a piece of the Earth's crust shoving down into the planet's interior.
8.9 earthquake: A series of large foreshocks preceded Japan's earthquake, the fifth largest ever recorded.
Tsunami warnings on the US west coast kept most people away from the water, but tsunami waves damaged boats in northern California and flooded parts of Hawaii. Some California surfers ignored a tsunami warning and tried to find bigger waves.
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.
China earthquake strikes in southwest border area with Burma (Myanmar). The China earthquake follows two earthquakes in Japan.
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