Situation at crisis point
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.