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12:58pm

Sun March 13, 2011
Humans

Human Echolocation: Using Sound to See

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was about one. He's also ridden bikes and hiked since he was a kid. How does he do it? Echolocation.

12:48pm

Sun March 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Evacuees Face Radiation Fears, Uncertainty In Japan's Northeast

Millions of Japanese lack water and electricity, as relief workers race to save survivors of Friday's powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's northeast coast.

"It's urgent everywhere in the northeast," reports Doualy Xaykaothao from Fukushima prefecture.

Government agencies have been sending water, blankets, rice balls and instant noodles to people displaced by the disaster, and it has deployed thousands of workers to help.

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10:25am

Sun March 13, 2011
Earthquake Off Japan Coast Unleashes Tsunami

The Recorded History Of Quakes Is A Long One

The devastatingly destructive earthquake in Japan is being called the largest in the country's "recorded history."

The phrase "recorded history" carries meaning because we humans are a chronicling race. And somehow knowing where an event falls on a timeline and how devastating it is gives us the coordinates of our catastrophe. If the cataclysm can be fixed in time and in space, maybe it helps us wrap our minds around it.

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9:27am

Sun March 13, 2011
Earthquake Off Japan Coast Unleashes Tsunami

Japanese Preparedness Likely Saved Thousands

Kit Miyamoto was riding on a train in Tokyo on Friday when a massive earthquake struck off the Japanese coast. Although the earthquake's epicenter was hundreds of miles away, the train came to an immediate halt.

Rather than panicking, Miyamoto recognized that the sudden stop represented an attempt to protect against loss of life. "As soon as the train feels an earthquake of any magnitude, it stops so you will not get derailed," Miyamoto says. "This is the Japanese alarm system at its best."

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9:09am

Sun March 13, 2011
The Two-Way

In Japan, Blackouts And Shortages Follow Quake, Tsunami

Sunday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan went on television to say that Japan is facing its largest crisis since World War II. He urged each of Japan's citizens to show resolve as they rebuild the country together.

Here's a quick rundown of conditions being reported in Japan, as it struggles to cope with the after-effects of a powerful earthquake and tsunami:

  • More than 450,000 people have evacuated areas of northeastern Japan.
  • Food and gas shortages are being widely reported.
  • The overall death toll may exceed 10,000. (NHK)
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