(Al Jazeera English: 1056 PST, March 18, 2011) The Japanese fire department has been called in to help control the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Osaka.
(Associated Press: 0448 PST, March 18, 2011) Japan's nuclear safety agency raised the severity rating of the country's nuclear crisis from level four to level five on the seven-level international scale, putting it on par with the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979.
Japan's Nuclear Crisis Deepens
(Al Jazeera English: 0800 PST, March 18, 2011) As Japan's nuclear safety commission upgrades the situation at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima plant to a level five on the seven-level International Nuclear Events Scale, the country's prime minister says circumstances remain grave.
Justin Dargin, nuclear analyst and research fellow at the Dubai initiative, tells Al Jazeera of the wider implications of Japan's ongoing emergency.
(Euronews: 0720 PST, March 17, 2011) Army helicopters have once more been dumping sea water on the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in north-eastern Japan. They are concentrating on Reactor Number 3, trying desperately to bring down the temperature.
Japanese television broadcast some pictures shot from 35 kilometers away. The helicopters are taking off from a military base in Sendai. For days, people here and at the site itself have been working tirelessly to avert an environmental catastrophe.
Fallout Fears Force Foreigners to Flee
(Euronews: 0702 PST, March 17, 2011) Foreigners are packing their bags and heading out of Japan as many distrust government announcements about the true state of the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Those gathering at Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports say the earthquakes don't worry them, but nuclear fall out does: "They want to tell people it is safe. I personally feel that when stuff gets in the air, and the wind blows it around, I don't know which side of the exclusion zone would be safe," said one man on his way back to South Africa.
(Associated Press: 0918 PST, March 16, 2011) Emergency crews were forced to retreat from Japan's stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant Wednesday after a spike in radiation. The pullback cost precious time in the fight to prevent a nuclear meltdown.
(Al Jazeera English: 0437 PST, March 16, 2011) Japan's disaster appears to be growing worse. It is a now a nation fighting against the odds on several fronts, including a growing nuclear crisis, shortages of food and essential supplies, and freezing weather. Al Jazeera's Nazanin Sadri reports.
Tokyo Eerily Quiet Amid Radiation Fears
(Euronews: 0719 PST, March 16, 2011) As fears over a nuclear nightmare grip one of the worlds biggest cities, people are staying indoors.Tokyo's streets are normally bustling with cars and pedestrians. Now, the few who venture out rushed hurriedly to their destinations. Many have fled the capital. Those who stay try to maintain some semblance of normality.