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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: Russia-Ukraine War

War, Corruption And The Overdue Demise Of Ukrainian Oligarchs

The invasion of Russia has forced Ukraine to confront a domestic enemy: corruption and economic control by an insular and unethical elite.

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May 21, 2021, Ukraine: Demonstrators hold smoke bombs outside the Appeal Court of Kyiv.

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KYIV — Since Russia’s invasion, Ukraine's all-powerful oligarchs have lost a significant chunk of their wealth and political influence. However, the fight against the corruption that plagues the country is only just beginning.

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On the morning of September 2, several men wearing balaclavas and bullet-proof waistcoats bearing the initials "SBU" arrived at the door of an opulent mansion in Dnipro, Ukraine's fourth largest city. Facing them, his countenance frowning behind thin-rimmed glasses, was the owner of the house, the oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.

Officers from the Ukrainian security services had come to hand him a "suspicion notice" as part of an investigation into "fraud" and "money laundering". His home was searched, and shortly afterwards he was remanded in custody, with bail set at 509 million hryvnias, or more than €1.3 million. A photo of the operation published that very morning by the security services was widely shared on social networks and then picked up by various media outlets.

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