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Tsunami

Message in a bottle

Issue Date: May 31, 2012

Earthquake in Indonesia triggers tsunami fear in India

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Apr 11, 2012
A tsunami alert has been issued for Andaman and Nicobar islands following a powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean near Indonesia. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), an earthquake measuring 8.6 on the Richter scale hit the Ocean off the coast of northern Sumatra at around 2:07 pm, IST.

Life post Fukushima

Author(s): Shriya Mohan
Issue Date: Apr 6, 2012
My first impression of Japan, after landing at the Haneda international airport in the wee hours of the morning, was the sight of hundreds of people wearing white masks that stretched from ear to ear, walking briskly past me. It triggered a question: “radiation?”. My Japanese friend laughed and explained that the health ministry encouraged people suffering a flu to wear these masks to avoid infecting others. As far as radiation is concerned, he said matter of factly, no mask can ever reduce one’s exposure to it.

Relief in verse

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012
Poems about the tsunami that hit Japan last year were among the winners at the country’s annual Imperial Palace poetry contest. One winner, a 72-year-old tailor, wrote of his relief upon learning that his son was safe after three days of uncertainty. Another winning poem sang of the author’s pride in alternative energy, depicting the dazzling landscape of solar panels in the morning light.

Still life in waves

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2006
After the deluge, it's us

Australia says no to protecting Japanese whale hunters

Issue Date: Dec 8, 2011
Australia has refused to provide any security cover for Japan’s annual whale hunt in the Antarctic waters. Facing opposition from biodiversity conservation groups in the ocean, Japan had asked Australia to send its navy to protect its whaling fleet.

India, Japan pitch for carbon credits from nuclear energy

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2011
Even after being hit by one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, Japan is pitching for inclusion of nuclear energy as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). India and Japan opposed the option of banning nuclear power plants from earning carbon credits under CDM at the United Nations climate negotiations in Panama. The move has drawn severe criticism from several environmental non-profits. The negotiations which ended on October 7 have set the stage for United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban later this year.

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2011
Environmental sciences Slipped into deformity

'Indian nuke power plants safe'

Issue Date: Sep 17, 2011
A high-level committee appointed to review the safety of Indian nuclear power plants says India’s plants are safe, but has suggested reliable back-up provisions to cool reactors and prevent meltdown.
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