Monday, March 14, 2011

Rescuers Dig for Survivors, But Thousands Feared Dead

Japan's earthquake-triggered crisis continued unabated on multiple fronts Monday morning, three days after the powerful tremor first hit, with a new explosion breaking out at the troubled Fukushima nuclear complex, and rescue workers still unable to reach some of the hardest-hit parts of northern Japan. The full extent of the catastrophe, in human lives, physical destruction and economic impact was still untold.

Amid the ongoing drumbeat of dire news, the capital Tokyo struggled in fits and starts to return to some semblance of normalcy on the first work day since the calamity. The city was largely undamaged by the earthquake and tsunami, but pinched by disruptions like a sudden, unexpected train stoppage designed to save electricity, which interrupted the planned return to offices for many employees.


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