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This Happened

This Happened - March 11: Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Meltdown In Japan

One of the deadliest earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan occurred on this day in 2011. Following the natural disaster, a nuclear accident occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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What caused the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan?

The earthquake was caused by the movement of tectonic plates beneath the earth's surface, specifically the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. The resulting tsunami was triggered by the earthquake, which caused large waves to form and hit the coast of Japan.

How many people were killed in Japan’s earthquake and tsunami?

A total of 15,889 people were confirmed dead and over 2,500 people went missing, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in Japan's history.

What was the Fukushima nuclear disaster?

The disaster resulted in a meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant’s nuclear reactors, causing radioactive materials to be released into the surrounding environment.

How did the Fukushima nuclear disaster impact the rest of the world?

The Fukushima nuclear disaster had significant environmental, health, and economic impacts in Japan and the rest of the world. The disaster led to the displacement of thousands of people and had a major impact on the local fishing industry. It also raised concerns about the safety of nuclear power and led to a global debate about the future of nuclear energy.

How did Japan react to Fukushima?

In the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, Japan has taken a number of measures to address the environmental, health, and economic impacts of the disaster. These include decontamination efforts, compensation for victims, and efforts to improve the safety and regulation of nuclear power plants. The Japanese government has also invested in renewable energy sources and efforts to reduce the country's reliance on nuclear power.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

BDS And Us: Gaza's Toll Multiplies Boycotts Of Israel And Its Allies — Seinfeld Included

In Egypt and elsewhere in the region and the world, families and movements are mobilizing against companies that support Israel's war on Gaza. The power of the people lies in their control as consumers — and the list of companies and brands to boycott grows longer.

A campaign poster with the photo of a burger with blood coming out of it with text reading "You Kill" and the Burger King logo

A campaign poster to boycott Burger King in Bangkok, Malü

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Mohammed Hamama

CAIRO — Ali Al-Din’s logic is simple and straightforward: “If you buy a can (of soda), you'll get the bullet too...”

Those bullets are the ones killing the children of Gaza every day, and the can he refuses to buy is “kanzaya” – the popular Egyptian soft drink. It is just one of a long list of products he had the habit of consuming. Ali is nine years old.

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The clarity and simplicity of this logic has pushed Ali Al-Din to boycott all the products on the lists people are circulating of companies that have supported Israel since the attacks on Gaza began in October. His mother, Heba, points out that her son took responsibility for overseeing the boycott in their home.

A few days ago, he saw a can of “Pyrosol” insecticide, but he thought it was one of the products of the “Raid” company that was on the boycott’s lists. He warned his mother that this product was on the boycott list, but she explained that the two products were different. Ali al-Din and his younger brother also abstained from eating any food from McDonald's. “They love McDonald’s very much,” his mother says. “But they refuse.”

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