» 03/15/2011, 00.00
Sendai: Catholics bid farewell to Fr Lachapelle and other tsunami victims
The funeral for Québec missionary and other tsunami victims is held at the local cathedral. The Church sends aid to areas not yet reached by rescue operations. Another earthquake of magnitude 6.3 was registered today near the coast of Fukushima. Fears persist of possible radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant.
In Sendai, tsunami kills Canadian missionary from Québec
Father Lachapelle, 77, was based in Shiogama, a coastal town in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami. Contact with other missionaries in the area was established only yesterday. The Japanese Catholic Church is ready to bring aid to the people affected by the seaquake.
Fukushima: a "frozen wall" to stop radioactive water
The government is ready to spend nearly half a billion dollars to build a cooling system for three of the reactors affected by the disaster of 11 March 2011. The use of water turned out to be almost more dangerous than the earthquake.
One year on from the "great earthquake" that shook Japan
It was the most powerful earthquake in the history of the country. The energy released is 600 million times that of the Hiroshima bomb. Apocalyptic figures of dead, missing and destruction. The problem of waste disposal persists: everyone fears contamination by nuclear waste. Parliament and public servants will reduce their wages by 30% to find the funds for reconstruction.
Fukushima, fears for children. radioactivity monitored in 1400 schools
An emergency program to verify the level of danger in schools and kindergartens. Engineers have begun discharging slightly radioactive water from the damaged plant, to make room in the tanks for most contaminated coolant. The human figures of the catastrophe: 12,321 dead and 15,347 missing.
Bishop of Sendai: Thank you for your prayers and support
Aid centre to help "bear witness to God's love" to those affected and suffering. Special issue of the Catholic weekly on the disaster, only distributed on the Internet because it impossible to print and post. March 24 a special bishops meeting on the emergency. Battle to cool the reactor in Fukushima continues. Reactors n. 1 and 2 now reconnected to power grid.
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