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Breaking Tsunami Coverage

Ross Reynolds
03/11/2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Live Report From Japan: A powerful tsunami triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake has devastated the northern port city of Sendai in Japan. The quake is the largest ever recorded in Japan. In Tokyo, the airport is closed and ground transportation is at a standstill. We talk to a UW tsunami expert in Japan.

How Prepared is Washington? Japan has an excellent infrastructure for responding to earthquakes and tsunamis. But how well would Washington state fare in a similar disaster?

The Financial Fallout of the Earthquake: Japan has one of the highest national debt loads of any industrial country. It's set to reach 210 percent of GDP in 2012, over twice as high as the US debt. What effect will the earthquake have on the Japanese and global economy?


Jody Bourgeois is a University of Washington tsunami expert currently on the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan.

Chris Nicholson is the New York Times Dealbook Europe Editor.

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