Sit­u­a­tion at cri­sis point

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

JA­PAN is fac­ing its worst cri­sis in the 65 years since the end of World War II, Prime Min­is­ter Naoto Kan said yes­ter­day, af­ter the coun­try was dev­as­tated by a huge earth­quake and tsunami. The sit­u­a­tion at a quake-stricken atomic power plant also re­mains grave, Kan said. Ja­pan faces a ‘‘ 70 per cent’’ pos­si­bil­ity of a mag­ni­tude­seven af­ter­shock within the next three days, said Takashi Yokota, di­rec­tor of earth­quake pre­dic­tion and in­for­ma­tion at the Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency. ‘‘ The pos­si­bil­ity is 50 per cent’’ dur­ing the three days from March 16, he added, point­ing out that strong af­ter­shocks have con­tin­ued.

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