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Fear of Epidemics Among Earthquake Survivors

5:26PM GMT 19 Mar 2011

Doctors fear that thousands of those who survived the initial impact of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami could now fall victim to disease and epidemics.  Children and the elderly living in desperate conditions in the stricken zone are particularly at risk from outbreaks of flu and other ailments, they warned.

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Japan's Cooler, Wetter Weather Could Linger Through Spring

Mar 14, 2011 – 6:39 AM

Between radiation concerns, displaced persons and the cleanup and rebuilding process, Japan's weather will be of greater concern for some time to come.

And with the current La Nina expected to continue at least through spring, the weather in Japan might be cooler and wetter than average.

A La Nina -- a cooling of sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific -- influences weather patterns across the globe. One common effect is an increase in the intensity of storm systems in the northern branch of the jet stream. This effect is most pronounced during winter, but with a well-defined La Nina -- such as the current one -- northern storms tend to continue well into spring. During a La Nina winter, Japan is typically cooler than average.

With the northern part of the island being the hardest hit by the earthquake -- the epicenter of the quake was a latitude similar to Washington, D.C.'s -- these regions might experience more frequent, chilly storm systems.

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