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Meltdown feared after explosion at Japan nuke power plant

An explosion at a Japanese nuclear power station Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor amid fears that it was close to a disastrous meltdown after being hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. Friday’s double disaster, which pulverized Japan‘s northeastern coast, has left 574 people dead by official count, although local media reports said at least 1,300 people may have been killed. Tokyo Power Electric Co., the utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, said four workers had suffered fractures and bruises and were being treated at a hospital. A nuclear expert said a meltdown may not pose widespread
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Obama ‘heartbroken’ by devastation in Japan

President Barack Obama said he was “heartbroken” by images of devastation in Japan following Friday’s deadly earthquake and tsunami, and pledged U.S. assistance to help the country recover. “Our hearts go out to our friends in Japan and across the region, and we’re going to stand with them as they recover and rebuild from this tragedy,” Obama said during a White House news conference. Hundreds were dead or missing in Japan following Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake — the largest in Japan’s history — and the accompanying tsunami. The West Coast and several islands in the Pacific were also under tsunami
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California, Oregon suffer damage from tsunami

The warnings traveled quickly across the Pacific in the middle of the night: An 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan spawned a deadly tsunami, and it was racing east Friday as fast as a jetliner. Sirens blared in Hawaii. The West Coast pulled back from the shoreline, fearing the worst. People were warned to stay away from the beaches. Fishermen took their boats out to sea and safety. The alerts moved faster than the waves, giving millions of people across the Pacific Rim hours to prepare. In the end, harbors and marinas in California and Oregon bore the brunt of the damage,
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