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1445 GMT: Here’s an update on the impact the disaster is having on the US stock markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 53.74 points (0.45 percent) to 11,990.66 at 1425 GMT and the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite dropped 10.72 points (0.39 percent) to 2,704.89. The S&P 500-stock index, a broader measure of the markets, shed 7.54 points (0.58 percent) at 1,296.74.

1443 GMT: South Africa’s electric utility, which is seeking approval for six new nuclear plants, says its expansion plans are safe despite the nuclear meltdown risks in Japan. “Clearly we would be looking at what actually happened in Japan… but South Africa has a nuclear safety culture,” Tony Stott, nuclear spokesman at state power provider Eskom, tells the Sapa news agency. South Africa currently has one nuclear plant which provides 6.5 percent of the country’s 40,000-megawatt power supply.

1440 GMT: The deputy head of the Chernobyl Centre for Nuclear Security, Valeriy Glygalo, says the state of the Fukushima power station can in no way be compared with that of the doomed Chernobyl plant. “The Japanese reactors are of a modern type and designed for earthquake zones even though what has happened has exceeded the envisioned norms,” he tells the Interfax Ukraine news agency. “There should not be serious consequences like those from Chernobyl,” he adds.

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1437 GMT: India says it is ready to send rescue teams and more aid to Japan. “We are in touch with the government of Japan to ascertain the kind of assistance they need,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tells parliament, adding that a shipment of 25,000 blankets is being rushed for homeless survivors.

1432 GMT: Authorities in the US state of California are concerned but prepared for a major earthquake such as the one that struck Japan last week, a top state emergency official says. “We know California is an earthquake-prone state,” Mike Dayton, acting secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, says in an interview with CNN. “That’s why we take preparations so seriously in California. We put a lot of effort into catastrophic planning in the (San Francisco) Bay area and a lot of effort in southern California.”

1430 GMT: Poland will press on with plans to build its first nuclear power plants despite renewed safety concerns over events in Japan, government spokesman says. “A nuclear energy programme is indispensable to ensure Poland’s security so that industry does not have problems with electricity supply in the coming decades,” Pawel Gras told Polish Radio.

1422 GMT: Here’s a summary of today’s main developments so far:

— There are fears of a fuel rod meltdown at the number-two reactor of the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. Operator TEPCO says a fuel rod meltdown at the plant can’t be ruled out after water levels dropped sharply, the Jiji news agency reports. Kyodo News reports that the reactor’s fuel rods are now fully exposed. But the agency also quotes a Japanese government source as saying a major explosion is unlikely at the number-two reactor.

— A hydrogen explosion has hit the number-three reactor at the plant, injuring 11 people. The blast was similar to that which occured at plant’s the number-one reactor on Saturday. But the explosion apparently did not damage the reactor itself and authorities say radiation levels around it are normal.

– Authorities have declared an exclusion zone within a 20 kilometre (12 mile) radius of the Fukushima plant and evacuated 210,000 people. The United Nations says a total of 590,000 people had been evacuated in the quake and tsunami disaster.

— Many survivors have been left without water, electricity, fuel or enough food. Russia says it could redirect around 6000 MW of electricity to Japan. Long queues for food, torches and other supplies have been reported in hard-hit cities such as Sendai.

— Searchers have found 2,000 bodies in the quake-hit Miyagi region, public broadcaster NHK quotes officials as saying. The Miyagi police chief has predicted the death toll will exceed 10,000 in his prefecture alone.

— The earthquake and tsunami have sent shockwaves around world stock markets, with the Tokyo bourse plunging six percent. The stock markets in London, Frankfurt, Paris and New York have also been hit hard.

1401 GMT: Concerns about possible radiation from the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have apparently rippled out as far away as Finland — the country’s largest pharmacy chain says there was a run on iodine tablets at the weekend. “On Saturday there was a run on iodine, but the situation calmed down and we were able to replenish the stock on Sunday,” Yliopiston Apteekki spokesman Jari Kokkonen told AFP. Finland’s radiation and nuclear safety authority STUK said in a statement there was no chance the danger in Japan would lead to people in Finland needing to take iodine.

1353 GMT: “Two more aftershocks in northeast #Japan within the past two hours both measuring 5.1 magnitude, according to the US Geological Survey,” @BBCBreaking tweets.

1348 GMT: US stock markets have slid lower at open in the wake of Japan’s crisis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 57.90 points (0.48 percent) to 11,986.50 and the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite dropped 8.89 points (0.33 percent) to 2,706.72. The S&P 500-stock index, a broader measure of the markets, shed 6.64 points (0.51 percent) at 1,297.64.

1302 GMT: “Hospitality in tsunami-struck Sendai superb,” tweets @markmackinnon, East Asia correspondent for Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. “Restaurants low on food, but offering rice and miso soup for free.”

1257 GMT: G8 foreign ministers, who are gathered in Paris today, will discuss the situation in Japan, the French foreign ministry says. “The ministers will begin their work looking at the consequences of the unprecedented natural catastrophe that has just hit Japan,” ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told journalists. “It will be an opportunity to express their support for and faith in the Japanese government as well as their admiration for the Japanese people.”

1249 GMT: “We are preparing a proposal for providing our partners with support,” news agencies quoted Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin as saying. “In the nearest future, we could redirect around 6,000 megawatts for delivery to Japan,” he said. Earlier reports said the power shipments could be diverted to Japan through an existing undersea cable. Sechin said that Russia’s natural gas giant Gazprom is also preparing to send a combined total of 200,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas to Japan in April and May.

1235 GMT: A 39-year-old mother of two who works in a facility for the elderly with severe dementia near Sendai has told AFP how she spent two nights trapped in the building after its first floor was submerged by the torrent on Friday. “Snow started to fall and it became dark. We lost power. I thought ‘This is a nightmare’,” Kaori Ohashi says. “I was so glad to see my son and daughter. I didn’t have words to tell them. I was so glad.”

1231 GMT: Russia says it is ready to divert 6,000 megawatts of electricity to help Japan.

1226 GMT: Austria has demanded a “quick” safety review of nuclear power plants across Europe. EU energy ministers, national nuclear safety authorities from the 27-nation bloc, and big nuclear companies have been summoned to Brussels for talks on Tuesday headed by the European Commission. “I’m going to ask today for the organisation of stress tests at Europe’s nuclear power plants,” said Austrian Environment Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich.

1224 GMT: Here’s more on Switzerland’s suspension of plans to replace its ageing nuclear power plants amid fears of a nuclear disaster in Japan. Switzerland’s Federal Office for Energy says the suspension will be in place “until security standards can be carefully re-examined and, if necessary, adapted.” Fears of a catastrophic meltdown at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has revived the debate in Switzerland, where cantons are in the process of holding consultation polls on renewing three of its plants.

1222 GMT: Japan’s government says a major explosion is unlikely at the No. 2 reactor, the Kyodo news agency reports.

1211 GMT: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says her country does not need nuclear energy. Gillard said her ruling Labor Party was traditionally opposed to the idea of using nuclear power to satisfy the vast country’s electricity needs. “The Labor position is entirely clear, we don’t think we need nuclear energy,” Gillard said on television. “We don’t seek the development of a nuclear industry in this country.”

1205 GMT: Here’s more on the situation at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. Operator TEPCO says a fuel rod meltdown at the plant can’t be ruled out after water levels dropped sharply, Jiji Press have reported. Engineers are struggling to cool down three reactors at the plant, which has been hit by two explosions. The cooling system at the number-two reactor stopped working earlier today and TEPCO say the four-metre (13.2 foot) fuel rods are exposed to the air to a length of 3.7 metres as of 8.07 pm (1107 GMT). The operator says it has started pouring seawater into the reactor to cool it.

1155 GMT: World oil prices have dropped $2 on the prospect of lower crude demand from quake-hit Japan. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in April, has shed $2.0 to $99.16 a barrel. In London morning trade, Brent North Sea crude for April lost $2.02 to $111.82.

1145 GMT: TEPCO, which operates the reactors at the Fukushima power station, says fuel rod meltdown can’t be ruled out at the number-two reactor, the Jiji news agency reports.

1131 GMT: Atomic scientist Ilgiz Iskhakov, who helped to clear up after Ukraine’s Chernobyl disaster in 1986, has praised the Japanese authorities’ reaction to the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Japanese officials have provided rapid information about the extent of the risk, in contrast to the Soviet Union which notoriously kept the Chernobyl disaster under wraps for days, Iskhakov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. “The Japanese government started working very efficiently right from the first minute. The main thing is that they inform the people about what has happened and the level of security. They don’t take people for idiots,” he says.

1123 GMT: Japan’s Association of Translators is compiling a list of volunteer interpreters who can help in the aftermath of the earthquake. The list can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/dZxws2

1112 GMT: Several Asian governments say they will screen food imported from Japan for radiation. Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan say they will take precautionary measures after two explosions at the ageing Fukushima plant 250 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of Tokyo. “As far as radiation is concerned, I think the most at-risk articles are those fresh products, perhaps dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables,” Hong Kong’s Secretary for Food and Health, York Chow, tells reporters.

1107 GMT: Kyodo News reports that the fuel rods at the number-two reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 plant are now fully exposed.

1105 GMT: Here’s an update on the situation at the Fukishima No. 1 plant, where a blast rocked a building at the number-three reactor earlier this morning. Officials say the reactor container was not breached and there has been no major rise in radiation levels since the explosion, which injured 11 people. But engineers are now struggling to cool three nuclear reactors at the plant, after a similar explosion hit the building housing the number-one reactor on Saturday.

Nuclear safety agency officials quoted by Dow Jones Newswires say that the most serious problem is at the number-two reactor, where pressure is rising and the cooling water level falling. They say operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is taking steps to release pressure. Jiji news agency said the water levels had fallen far enough to partly expose fuel rods. At the number-three reactor, engineers are unable to pump in cooling water because the explosion damaged the cooling pump. The number-one reactor remains relatively stable.

1059 GMT: Switzerland says it has suspended plans to replace its ageing nuclear power plants amid fears of a nuclear disaster in Japan, stressing that safety is of utmost priority.

1057 GMT: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Russia sees no ‘global’ nuclear threat from the Japan quake.

1048 GMT: “The (US) Marines will deliver a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) for use in the assistance operations,” tweets John Roos, the US ambassador in Tokyo. “This allows helicopters to fly rescue and transport missions almost non-stop.”

1040 GMT: Power outages covering parts of Tokyo have not affected downtown areas, where people are swamping local convenience stores, stripping shelves of water, toilet rolls, bread, flashlights and instant noodles. “Bread and cup noodles are selling out all the time,” says a FamilyMart convenience store manager in Tokyo. “Customers are bulk buying as many as 10 or 20 cup noodles at one time. It’s first-come-first-served. All the bread sold out early this morning.” At a Lawson convenience store in Tokyo, the empty shelves are explained by a simple note: “We have prioritised on supplying food to the areas affected by the earthquake.”

1037 GMT: Foreigners have begun a slow exodus from Tokyo, though some are maintaining a stiff upper lip. “A third of our staff has left,” Stefan Huber, the Austrian deputy head of the European Union delegation in Japan, told AFP. He added that executives at several German companies such as Bosch, Daimler and BMW have evacuated their spouses and children.

1030 GMT: Jiji Press, quoting officials from plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), says officials are considering making a hole in the building housing a nuclear reactor where an explosion occurred this morning. The hole would allow hydrogen to be released from the building.

1018 GMT: US engineering giant General Electric, which supplied reactors to Japan’s stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, says it is giving emergency advice to the Japanese authorities. “We are offering any technical services to the government of Japan as they go through recovery efforts. We will do whatever we can to help with their energy needs,” GE chief executive Jeff Immelt tells reporters in New Delhi.

1013 GMT: There is a “desperate race against the clock to save those who may be trapped and wounded beneath colossal mounds of debris” in Ishinomaki, a town of about 165,000, Red Cross Asia-Pacific spokesman Patrick Fuller blogs. “At the Red Cross hospital, no space is left unused. Exhausted Red Cross medics sleep side by side with the wounded… And still droves of injured people in need of medical help arrive. The wounded arrive on foot, by helicopter or carried by their fellow citizens.”

1010 GMT: Queues are snaking across the hard-hit city of Sendai on the northeast coast as people wait patiently to stock up on essentials. Lines stretch out from the few remaining phone boxes, with mobile signals patchy in the disaster zone.

0954 GMT: Tsunami survivors who were able to outrun Friday’s killer wave have been telling AFP their horrific accounts of how those behind them were consumed by the torrent of mud and debris. Miki Otomo says her sister will never be able to forget how the victims were swept away near the hard-hit city of Sendai. “My older sister was in a bus when the wave came behind them,” Otomo told AFP. “The bus driver told everybody to get out of the bus and run. My sister was able to get away but some people just couldn’t run fast enough,” she said.

0952 GMT: India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the safety of all his country’s nuclear power plants will be checked in the wake of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

0951 GMT: Tokyo Electric Power says it has begun a power outage in an area covering some parts of Tokyo and eight prefectures, affecting around 333,000 households. Authorities have announced plans for scheduled rolling power cuts in areas served by TEPCO to make up for the loss of power from crippled nuclear plants, including the Tokyo utility’s troubled Fukushima Number One facility. The outage began at around 5 pm (0800 GMT) and is expected to last around two hours. A TEPCO official told AFP that affected areas included some municipalities in Ibaraki prefecture, east of Tokyo and Shizuoka southwest of the capital.

0944 GMT: European stock markets are reeling from the effects of the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami. London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index has dropped 0.31 percent to 5,810.23 points and in Paris, the CAC 40 slid 0.30 percent to 3,916.81 points. Frankfurt’s DAX 30 has seen greater losses, losing 1.66 percent to 6,865.75 on heavy falls for German insurers and power companies.

0942 GMT: A South African rescue team is heading to Japan to help with relief efforts. “We will be taking a medical team, four sniffer dogs and their handlers and journalists. We will also be taking 16 tonnes of specialised rescue equipment,” says Ian Scher, spokesman for Rescue South Africa. South Africa’s foreign ministry asked the 50-person team to make the trip. Rescue SA is funded by government and private business donations.

0938 GMT: Here’s a roundup of recent developments in Japan following Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami:

— A new explosion has hit the Fukushima nuclear plant. The blast at the number 3 reactor, which happened just after 0200GMT, apparently did not breach the plant’s reactor, the chief government spokesman Yukio Edano says, and there is a low possibility of a major radiation leak. But Edano confirmed that the cooling system at the number-two reactor also stopped after the blast and workers are preparing to douse it with sea water. The plant’s operator TEPCO says six people were injured in the blast, which authorities said was probably a hydrogen explosion.A first explosion blew apart the building surrounding the plant’s number-one reactor on Saturday but the seal around the reactor itself remained intact.

— Authorities have declared an exclusion zone within a 20 kilometre (12 mile) radius of the Fukushima plant and evacuated 210,000 people. The United Nations says a total of 590,000 people had been evacuated in the quake and tsunami disaster.

— Searchers have found 2,000 bodies in the quake-hit Miyagi region, public broadcaster NHK quotes officials as saying. The Miyagi police chief has predicted the death toll will exceed 10,000 in his prefecture alone.

— Many survivors have been left without water, electricity, fuel or enough food.

— Panic selling means stocks have closed more than six percent lower on the Tokyo bourse on fears for the world’s third-biggest economy, as power shortages prompted rolling blackouts and factories shut down in quake-hit areas.

— A US aircraft carrier deployed off Japan for relief efforts has shifted its position after detecting low-level radiation from the malfunctioning Fukushima plant, “as a precautionary measure”.

0927 GMT: Shares in French nuclear group Areva have dropped 9.5 percent in Paris trading. Areva is a major player in the world nuclear energy field, with its activities covering the whole process from the extraction of uranium to the disposal of nuclear waste.

0916 GMT: Stocks in German insurers and power companies have plunged in early trading. Shares in the world’s biggest re-insurance group, Munich Re, are down by 4.43 percent at 106.8 euros, while general insurer Allianz has lost 3.40 percent to 96.43 euros. On Friday, Munich Re had already lost 4.28 percent and Allianz 2.14 percent.

0910 GMT: The International Skating Union says it has called off the World Figure Skating Championships, which were due to be held in Tokyo from March 21-27. ISU president Ottavio Cinquanta said it had yet to be decided whether the event should be cancelled, or just postponed.

0852 GMT: Japan’s nuclear safety agency says there is “no possibility of a Chernobyl” style accident at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, Jiji Press quotes national strategy minister Koichiro Genba as saying.

0837 GMT: A meeting of foreign ministers from Japan, South Korea and China will go ahead in the Japanese city of Kyoto despite the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated the country, the South Korean government says.

0835 GMT: A US aircraft carrier deployed off Japan has repositioned after detecting low-level radiation from the malfunctioning nuclear power plants. “The US Seventh Fleet has temporarily repositioned its ships and aircraft away from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi (No. 1) nuclear power plant after detecting low level contamination in the air and on its aircraft operating in the area,” the Seventh Fleet says in a statement.

0825 GMT: Following an online outcry, Microsoft has apologised for using a Japan quake fund-raising Twitter service as an advertising ploy, The Drum reports. Microsoft had asked its @Bing Twitter followers to retweet a message about the quake, with every retweet meaning an extra $1 would be donated by Microsoft, up to $100,000. The company tweeted a clarification message: “We apologise the tweet was negatively perceived. Intent was to provide an easy way for people to help Japan. We have donated $100K.”

0815 GMT: France’s industry minister has said the risk of a meltdown at the Japanese nuclear plant is “worrying” and a nuclear disaster could not be ruled out.

0814 GMT: A tweet from Japan?s deputy cabinet secretary for public relations Noriyuki Shikata says: “After the blast of Unit 3, the cooling function of Unit 2 was stopped. Injection of sea water into Unit 2 is now being prepared. ”

0809 GMT: Experts have told the BBC that a Chernobyl -style disaster is highly unlikely because Japan’s reactors are built to a much higher standard and have more rigorous safety measures.

0806 GMT: Philippine authorities have been checking for spikes in radiation levels following the explosions at the Japanese nuclear plant, but that there had been no irregular increases.

0746 GMT: 17 US Navy personnel on board three helicopters assisting in the earthquake relief effort have been exposed to low levels of contamination, the New York Times reports officials as saying. The newspaper says the Ronald Reagan and other American warships have now sailed to areas where they will not be in the path of radiation carried in the wind.

0712 GMT: Kyodo reports that about 1,000 bodies have been found on the Ojika peninsula and another 1,000 found in the town of Minamisanriku. Rescuers have still not been able to reach many remote towns and villages.

0710 GMT: While Tokyo is up and running, residents are experiencing many aftershocks, not all trains are running and the government has asked people to only travel if they really have to, the BBC reports. Residents are facing fuel rationing, with long lines outside petrol stations. Supermarkets are running out of stock and the population has been warned of power rationing, which will affect water supply to homes and offices.

0700 GMT: Technology giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter are all offering digital ways to donate to Japan’s recovery efforts. Apple has set up an option on its iTunes software to allow registered users to donate from $5 to $200 to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross has also launched a campaign on Facebook. Twitter is being updated by the second and directing people to resources on the ground and offering ways to donate to help survivors.

0658 GMT: A German businessman has told the BBC that due to a lack of confidence in what the Japanese government is telling the public, some foreign firms have started to move their expatriate staff south — or out of the country altogether.

0655 GMT: The primary containment vessel at the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant was not damaged in today’s explosion, the UN atomic watchdog IAEA says.

0650 GMT: Russia has reported normal radiation levels in the country’s Far East and said there is no reason to evacuate residents following a second explosion at a Japanese nuclear plant.

0641 GMT: The operator TEPCO says the cooling system on reactor 2 at the Fukushima’s plant has failed, Jiji Press report.

0624 GMT: Shares in nuclear plant operator TEPCO have plunged 23.57 percent in Tokyo trade.

0555 GMT: The Bank of Japan has announced extra measures following the widespread disaster.

0527 GMT: Following the blast at Fukushima 1, Japanese officials have been reassuring the public that radiation levels are within legal limits, the BBC reports.

0524 GMT: A New York Times report says that the US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan passed through a radioactive cloud from Japan’s stricken reactors on Sunday. The report said crew members received a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour.

0510 GMT: The Fukushima reactor container was not breached in this morning’s blast and there has been no major rise in radiation, according to government officials. The blast was caused by a build-up of hydrogen in the building around the No. 3 reactor, similar to Saturday’s blast at the same plant.

0501 GMT: Toyota is to halt production at all domestic plants through to Wednesday – Kyodo.

0500 GMT: Food imported from Japan is being tested for radiation in Singapore. The bulk of Japanese imports arrive by sea, but high-end Japanese restaurants in Singapore routinely use air freight to fly in produce such as raw fish — integral to sushi and sashimi — to ensure its freshness and quality.

0457 GMT: In Iwate, one of the areas hit the hardest by the quake and tsunami, officials have made an appeal for body bags and coffins as the death toll rises.

0427 GMT: Eleven people are now reported, by Kyodo, to have been injured in the latest nuclear plant blast according to the operator TEPCO.

0421 GMT: A tsunami alert has been lifted in Japan, according to Fukushima prefecture officials.

0400 GMT: Seven people initially listed as missing in an explosion at the earthquake-damaged Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant have been located, Jiji Press reports. A total of nine people have been injured in the blast, the report says.

0352 GMT: A Malaysian newspaper has apologised after it triggered uproar with a cartoon depicting the popular Japanese icon Ultraman running away from an oncoming tsunami. The Malay-language Berita Harian drew heavy criticism, especially on social networking websites, after it published the cartoon on Sunday on its comment page.

0341 GMT: Tokyo stocks have fallen 6 percent in afternoon trading.

0317 GMT: A large wave has been spotted off Japan’s coast by a helicopter, but the meteorological agency says it has detected no sign of a new tsunami or a major quake that would have triggered it.

Authorities had issued evacuation orders in some parts of the devastated coastline after the initial report and as seawater was seen retreating off Iwate and Aomori prefectures — a phenomenon that occurs before tsunamis.

0311GMT: Japan nuclear plant operator says 7 missing, 3 injured after a blast at the facility.

0254 GMT: An explosion at the quake-damaged number 3 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 plant did not apparently breach the reactor, the chief government spokesman Yukio Edano says.

0240 GMT: Japan nuke plant operator TEPCO says the reactor survived explosion, reports Jiji news agency.

0229 GMT: An explosion has shaken a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant and plumes of smoke are rising from the building, live television shows. Japan’s nuclear safety agency says the blast, at the number 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, is believed to be caused by hydrogen.

0214 GMT: The water level off Japan’s coast has dropped 5 metres as tsunami nears, says state broadcaster NHK.

0212 GMT: Japan’s central bank announces that it will pump another 5 trillion yen ($61 billion) into the short-term money market, after earlier injecting a record 7 trillion to boost confidence .

0208 GMT: Estimated three-metre (10 foot) tsunami seen off Japan by helicopter, says Jiji news agency.

0200 GMT: As Japan struggles with a severe energy shortage, South Korea says it will redirect some of its liquefied natural gas imports to Japan to help its disaster-hit neighbour.

Japanese electricity operators have predicted it will take more than a month for Tokyo to offset shortages caused by damage to its nuclear power plants.

0156 GMT: The government has advised people not to go to school or work today due to widespread power cuts and transport disruptions, including in the capital Tokyo.

0150 GMT: The rescue of three senior citizens who had been trapped in a tsunami-swept car for 20 hours has been shown on Japan’s television network NHK.

0148 GMT: The latest quake off coastal Ibaraki prefecture — one of many aftershocks since Friday’s massive 8.9 quake — had a 5.8-magnitude, said the US Geological Survey, which said the quake struck at a depth of 18 kilometres.

0113 GMT: A strong offshore earthquake has struck 150 kilometres (90 miles) northeast of Tokyo, shaking tall buildings in Japan’s capital, but authorities have not issued a tsunami alert.

0054 GMT: A nuclear power plant damaged by Japan’s deadly earthquake and tsunami is still in an ‘alarming’ state, Prime Minister Naoto Kan says according to Kyodo News.

0021 GMT: Japan’s central bank has injected a record 7 trillion yen ($85.7 bln) into the short-term money market, in an attempt to build confidence after a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

0000 GMT: The yen briefly touched a four-month high against the dollar in early Asian trade on Monday with currency markets responding to Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

 

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