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19 years of reportage on nuclear energy, quakes & tsunami

Issue Date: Mar 16, 2011
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Timeline: Chain reactions...

Issue Date: Mar 16, 2011
The current nuclear crisis in Japan is the most critical one after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Tracking it closely means a lot for India as it points out how a nuclear crisis is managed. It is important at a time when the world is getting obsessive with nuclear safety. India, a new and fast growing market for nuclear power, can learn a few lessons from Japan. Below is a chronology of the events developing in Japan. 

Scientists project path of radiation plume from Japan's nuclear reactors

Issue Date: Mar 17, 2011
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, an arm of the United Nations in Vienna, forecast the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors. It shows the plumes churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.

Warning Stop Tsunami Stop

Author(s): Snigdha Das
Issue Date: Mar 31, 2010
The  Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii blared a warning to countries around the Pacific Ocean on February 27, minutes after the 8.8 quake hit Chile.

Coastal blender

Author(s): Biplab Das
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2009
Tsunami left Tamil Nadu's coast turbid, marine plants sluggish tsunami that struck India in December 2004 has affected the productivity of its coastal waters. A research team from Chennai and Kolkata analysed the quality of coastal water at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu. They found the levels of the nutrients--nitrate, phosphate, silicate--and turbidity were five to 10 times the pre-tsunami levels. Other than natural sources, increased pollution such as run-off from agricultural fields could be the reason for more nutrients.

Slow relief

Author(s): Sumana Narayanan
Issue Date: Feb 28, 2009


Issue Date: Feb 28, 2009
Long live the emperor: Emperor penguins, the only penguin variety that breed during the harsh Antarctic winters, are headed towards extinction, said a research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If climate change continues to melt ice at rates published in the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the population of penguins would decline to 600 breeding pairs by 2100 AD, said researchers in the US. Their extinction would affect the food chain balance.


Issue Date: Feb 15, 2009
MANGROVES NOT BIOSHIELDS: Coastal forests such as mangroves cannot protect communities from tsunamis, claims a new study to be published by the United Nations Environment Programme. Researchers from ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, Australia, analyzed the pattern of damage that occurred during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and said there was no compelling evidence that coastal forests could act as 'bioshields' against tsunamis or cyclone storm surges.

South Asia

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2009
tsunami relief: Sri Lankan authorities destroyed large stocks of rice, pulses, vegetable oil and canned fish and other food items, donated as tsunami relief, on December 29. The food stocks, donated by the UN World Food Programme, were stored in warehouses in Boossa from December 2004 and were no longer suitable for human consumption. A special investigation had been initiated by Galle district secretariat to find out why the food was not distributed.

History in a sheet of sand

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2008
600 years ago, a tsunami hit the Indian Ocean. Some lessons
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