Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.
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Sunday 20 January 2013
British engineers Amec, Babcock International, and Atkins are believed to be circling nuclear decommissioning work estimated to be worth at least $5bn (£3.2bn) in Japan as a result of the Fukushima disaster.
Friday 04 January 2013
We can't get enough of disaster movies. Whatever the scale of horror and devastation they depict, we know that somebody will survive. (United 93, about the hijacked plane that fought back on 9/11, is the only recent exception). The suspense concerns which ones will survive. Who will have the nerve, or the nous, or the sheer good fortune, to escape catastrophe? And what proportion of survivors is required to send home an audience with a sense of catharsis, if not a happy ending – 10 per cent? Five? A handful?
Friday 04 January 2013
Wednesday 26 December 2012
British medical personnel are being encouraged to volunteer to help with the Government’s humanitarian emergency response to disasters overseas, under a new arrangement announced today.
Friday 07 December 2012
A strong earthquake struck the same Japanese coast that was devastated by last year's massive quake and tsunami, but despite understandable fears it generated only small waves, with no immediate reports of heavy damage.
Wednesday 07 November 2012
The US Geological Survey says a strong earthquake has hit off the Pacific coast of Guatemala.
Thursday 01 November 2012
The race for the White House is too close to call, but control of Congress's lower house is just as tight – and will decide how much power the victor wields
Wednesday 31 October 2012
Three nuclear power reactors were shut down because of electricity issues during Hurricane Sandy, while a fourth plant, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, remains in "alert" mode because of high water levels in its water intake structure, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy arrived in this coastal resort town with the roar that was expected on Monday, as towering waves snapped a fishing pier, rain and seawater inundated city streets and officials shut down both major bridges that normally carry thousands of visitors to beaches and hotels in the summer months.
Sunday 28 October 2012
At least 100,000 people in Hawaii were ordered to move from the shoreline to higher ground late on Saturday after a tsunami warning, but the first waves were less forceful than had been feared and no damage was initially reported.
Sunday 21 October 2012
Why go in 2013? Serenity returns to Serendib
Monday 27 August 2012
A strong magnitude-7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador followed an hour later by a magnitude-5.4 aftershock, authorities said early today. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.
Tuesday 24 July 2012
Plenty of money has been spent trying to boost the Japanese team's medal haul – but the real world is never far way
Monday 23 July 2012
Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant to under-report the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer.
Wednesday 18 July 2012
More than a year after the nuclear disaster, swimmers are allowed back into the sea
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