EDITORIAL
Fukushima probe shows new openness in Japan 
A far-reaching investigation into the nuclear disaster is an indicator of a growing capacity for open self-criticism in a nation that has been known for insularity and obedience.
(DigitalGlobe/AFP/Getty Images)

EDITORIAL

Fukushima probe shows new openness in Japan

A far-reaching investigation into the nuclear disaster is an indicator of a growing capacity for open self-criticism in a nation that has been known for insularity and obedience.

(DigitalGlobe/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia issues new tsunami alert 
- Following an earlier 8.6-magnitude quake, Indonesia has now issued a fresh tsunami warning after an 8.2 aftershock shook its western coast.

Indonesia issues new tsunami alert

- Following an earlier 8.6-magnitude quake, Indonesia has now issued a fresh tsunami warning after an 8.2 aftershock shook its western coast.

THE BIG PICTURE
Japan tsunami pictures: before and after 
- In this first of three Big Picture posts on the anniversary of the Japan earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, we have a series of paired “then and now” pictures.

THE BIG PICTURE

Japan tsunami pictures: before and after

- In this first of three Big Picture posts on the anniversary of the Japan earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, we have a series of paired “then and now” pictures.

The Big Picture - Japan: New fears as the tragedy deepens
- Continued aftershocks and new earthquakes bring new fears to the survivors of the tragedy. Residents prepare for radiation leaks as the Prime Minister asks everyone to remain indoors - in their homes, their offices and shelters. Ninety one countries have offered help to Japan. Search and rescue and recovery continue in the devastated landscape. The death toll rises, but some hope is realized in the reunions of family and friends. — Paula Nelson (52 photos total)

The Big Picture - Japan: New fears as the tragedy deepens

- Continued aftershocks and new earthquakes bring new fears to the survivors of the tragedy. Residents prepare for radiation leaks as the Prime Minister asks everyone to remain indoors - in their homes, their offices and shelters. Ninety one countries have offered help to Japan. Search and rescue and recovery continue in the devastated landscape. The death toll rises, but some hope is realized in the reunions of family and friends. — Paula Nelson (52 photos total)

Japan nuclear fallout: Risky seafood and other health concerns
- As the nuclear reactor problems in Japan continue to worsen, you may be worrying about what health risks, if any, to worry about. After all, nuclear radiation can make its way into oceans, and we do import seafood from Japan.

Japan nuclear fallout: Risky seafood and other health concerns

- As the nuclear reactor problems in Japan continue to worsen, you may be worrying about what health risks, if any, to worry about. After all, nuclear radiation can make its way into oceans, and we do import seafood from Japan.

The Big Picture: Japan - Vast Devastation
- The vast devastation wrought by the earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, may only be matched by the destroyed lives left in their wake. Few survivors have been found, but families continue to search for their sons, daughters, wives, husbands and friends. Threats of a nuclear reactor meltdown and resulting disaster loom. — Paula Nelson (51 photos total)

The Big Picture: Japan - Vast Devastation

- The vast devastation wrought by the earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, may only be matched by the destroyed lives left in their wake. Few survivors have been found, but families continue to search for their sons, daughters, wives, husbands and friends. Threats of a nuclear reactor meltdown and resulting disaster loom. — Paula Nelson (51 photos total)

Boston-area residents with links to Japan yearn to communicate
- Even Shoko Takemoto, an MIT graduate student who studies disaster planning, could not have been prepared for her visit to Japan last week.

Boston-area residents with links to Japan yearn to communicate

- Even Shoko Takemoto, an MIT graduate student who studies disaster planning, could not have been prepared for her visit to Japan last week.

The Big Picture - Japan: earthquake aftermath
- Japan raced to avert a nuclear meltdown today by flooding a nuclear reactor with seawater after Friday’s massive earthquake left more than 600 people dead and thousands more missing. Towns in the country’s northeast coast were literally wiped away by an ensuing tsunami, leaving countless people seeking shelter in the aftermath of the quake, which measured 8.9 on the Richter scale and was the country’s strongest recorded quake.

The Big Picture - Japan: earthquake aftermath

- Japan raced to avert a nuclear meltdown today by flooding a nuclear reactor with seawater after Friday’s massive earthquake left more than 600 people dead and thousands more missing. Towns in the country’s northeast coast were literally wiped away by an ensuing tsunami, leaving countless people seeking shelter in the aftermath of the quake, which measured 8.9 on the Richter scale and was the country’s strongest recorded quake.

The Big Picture: Massive earthquake hits Japan

The Big Picture: Massive earthquake hits Japan