A magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan’s Tohoku region on March 11th, 2011 triggered a massive tsunami that struck the Pacific coast of eastern Japan.
The huge, Magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11th toppled and damaged LPG tanks at the Cosmo Oil refinery on the Goi coast in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture and the resulting spills produced a great conflagration. LPG tanks exploded one after another as the fire spread to 13 of the 25 tanks and great flames and billowing clouds of black smoke reached high into the air. At Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture, heavy oil tanks were knocked over by the tsunami and the harbor was engulfed in a sea of flames which spread to other debris and on into the town, enveloping the city in black smoke and the stench of burning oil.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered major damage from the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March 2011, disabling the reactor cooling systems and causing three reactor cores to melt down. The resulting contamination triggered a widespread evacuation surrounding the plant. On 21 April 2011, Japan has rated the accident at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at LEVEL 7, the worst rating on an international scale, putting the disaster on par with the 1986 Chernobyl explosion.
JAXA (The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and NHK shot this high definition image from the Selene (Kaguya) satellite, which was launched into moon orbit from Tanegashima Space Center in September 14, 2007. Shot 11,000km from the Earth, these were the first ever HDTV images of Earthrise from so far away.
The aomori Nebuta Festival is one of the three biggest summer festivals of the Tohoku region. Twenty-two dynamically painted paper floats are carried around the streets of Aomori city. Awa Odori is a dancing parade performed for the ancestors in Tokushima, the former Awa region. Visitors as well as residents are welcome to join in this 400 year old festival.
The techniques and materials of nail art, as nail manicure is now known in Japan, are moving ahead in leaps and bounds and expanding into the protection as well as beautification of nails. People gathered from far and wide for a nail art group’s international festival. Not much capital is needed to set up a nail art business and many young women are keen to enter the trade. It already has an estimated annual value of 200 billion yen.
Masses of ice from the Perito Moreno glacier plunge into the sea off Patagonia. Patagonia is region of South America straddling Argentina and Chile and extending south from the Rio Colorado at around 40° South.The region is home to hundreds of glaciers of varying sizes but the glaciers are retreating on account of global warming.
*The Iguaçu National Park (Brazil and Argentina) *The Galápagos Islands (Ecuador) The Iguaçu (Iguazu) National Park is best known for its waterfall on the Brazil-Argentina border; the Galapagos Islands for their many endemic species, including the iguana.
*Taj Mahal (India) *Agra Fort (India) The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The emperor ended his life imprisoned by his son in Agra Fort, dying in a tower that overlooked the Taj Mahal.
*Angkor (Cambodia) *Ha Long Bay (Vietnam) *The Historic Centre of Macao (China) Angkor has magnificent remains of the 9th -15th century Khmer capitals. Ha Long Bay has thousands of limestone landforms and islets. The old heart of the former Portuguese colony of Macao is a unique melting pot of East and West.
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