Track Japan’s Tsunami Debris 

Although a year has passed since Japan’s tsunami sucked tons of wood, nets and other debris into the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to track the rubble and urges others to do so to help focus cleanup efforts.

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Gates: U.S. Will ‘Turn the Corner’ in Afghanistan, Syrian Town Fears Crackdown

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is scheduled to retire June 30, visited Afghanistan for a farewell tour and met with coalition troops in bases around the country. Gates said troops were about to deliver a “decisive blow” to the Taliban and that they were preparing to “turn a corner” in the nearly decade-old conflict.

As he prepares to leave office, Gates is facing pressure from within elements of the Obama administration to speed up the pace of troop withdrawals, scheduled to begin in July, but said at this juncture it is necessary to maintain the pressure on the Taliban.

 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates meets with troops on June 6, 2011 at Combat Outpost Andar in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. (Jason Reed - Pool/Getty Images)

There are roughly 100,000 U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan.

Syrian Town Fears Retaliation After Weekend Violence

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(Source: newshour.pbs.org)

Live seismic data from Japan- there has been a strong aftershock, you can see it as the large red circle. Click through for more.

Live seismic data from Japan- there has been a strong aftershock, you can see it as the large red circle. Click through for more.

What Is the Difference Between Radiation and Radioactive Contaminates?
Graphic by Vanessa Dennis. See it larger HERE
SOURCES: EPA, Scientific American, The Guardian, New York Times, Radiation Shield Technologies

What Is the Difference Between Radiation and Radioactive Contaminates?

Graphic by Vanessa Dennis. See it larger HERE

SOURCES: EPA, Scientific American, The Guardian, New York Times, Radiation Shield Technologies

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs published the above chart on the location of evacuees and confirmed deaths in Japan Tuesday. 
More on the challenges ahead for Japan’s hundreds of thousands of evacuees

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs published the above chart on the location of evacuees and confirmed deaths in Japan Tuesday. 

More on the challenges ahead for Japan’s hundreds of thousands of evacuees

Power losses in Japan on March 12 indicated in red. Image courtesy NOAA National Geophysical Data Center.
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Power losses in Japan on March 12 indicated in red. Image courtesy NOAA National Geophysical Data Center.

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Photo Essay: Destruction in Japan
Japan’s Reshaped Coastline as Seen From Space
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Japan’s Reshaped Coastline as Seen From Space

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