Cargo containers are strewn about in Sendai, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12. Japan launched a massive military rescue operation Saturday after a giant, earthquake-fed tsunami killed hundreds of people and turned the northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland, while authorities braced for a possible meltdown at a nuclear reactor.
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s visit to Japan this week coincides with unprecedented criticism of the Tokyo Electric Power Company's handling of Japan's nuclear crisis following the March 11 earthquake.
Fukushima Daiichi: the massive loan burden for Tokyo Electric Power Co and it's creditor after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster exceeded $23.4 billion. The Japanese government is asking other banks to help ease the burden despite risk in return.
Fukushima is a Level 7 accident – the same rating given the Chernobyl fire and explosion 25 years ago. Still, Chernobyl remains the worst nuclear accident in history.
More than a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami sparked Japan's worst nuclear crisis, Japan has made it illegal to come within 12 miles of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
One month after the March 11 quake that triggered a tsunami and damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese authorities say they're still crafting plan to end the nuclear crisis.
Based on new estimates of the radiation that has been released, Fukushima now has the worst score on the IAEA's accident rating scale. But much about the reactors, and their future, is still unknown.
Radiation 'hot spots' beyond the existing Fukushima evacuation zone spur Japanese officials to order more areas to be emptied. Residents are being given a month to leave.