Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
14 March 2011 - A 9.0 magnitude earthquake (updated from the 8.8 magnitude, by Japan Meteorological Agency on 13 March) occurred 11 March 2011 in Japan at 05.46.23 GMT, hitting the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan. The worst affected area is the east coast of Tohoku region. Tsunamis have caused devastation in the coastal areas of Tohoku and southern Hokkaido. Although wide areas of the Pacific were under tsunami alert, the alerts have now been lifted. Based on official Japanese government figures (10:00 hrs, Tokyo time 14 March), 1 627 people are confirmed dead, 1 962 injured with at least 1 720 missing. Figures are expected to rise. Various media sources are reporting more than 10 000 estimated deaths. Rescue operations are ongoing; 371 833 persons have been evacuated.
What is the current risk of radiation-related health problems in Japan to those near the reactor at the time, and those in other parts of Japan?
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