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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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8:21am

Sun March 13, 2011
Asia

Buddhist Nun Shares The Sound Of Music

For more than a decade, Ani Choying Drolma — a most unlikely of rock stars — has shared Buddhism's sacred chants with a growing number of fans worldwide.

But she found this path almost by accident.

Ani Choying Drolma can't remember when she started singing, but she does know that her formal training began at 13 when she joined the Nagi Gompa monastery near Kathmandu.

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8:21am

Sun March 13, 2011
Books

A Woman And Her Magical Portal 'The Other Life'

There is only one protagonist in Ellen Meister's new novel, The Other Life, but there are two plots. Quinn Braverman is a pregnant suburban mother of a 6-year-old boy, and wife of a down-to-earth guy who owns a fleet of taxis. Quinn is also the single girlfriend of a needy shock jock, who lives in a high-rise apartment in Manhattan.

The thing is, she lives both lives simultaneously and can switch between the two. Ellen Meister spoke to Weekend Edition's Liane Hansen about her romance-meets-fantasy book.

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