At Least Three Dead After Japan’s Sasago Tunnel Collapse

Reuters/Reuters - Police officers and firefighters gather in front of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Otsuki, Yamanashi prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo
Reuters/Reuters – Police officers and firefighters gather in front of the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Otsuki, Yamanashi prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

At least 3 people were killed when part of the Sasago Tunnel in Japan collapse on Sunday morning.

There was fire in the tunnel.

Rescue operations have been interrupted for fear they might trigger another collapse.

The fire service said the blaze was extinguished about 11 a.m. , 3 hours after the accident.

The fire service earlier said at least seven people were missing in the 4.7 km (2.8-mile) tunnel in Yamanashi prefecture, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Tokyo on the Chou Expressway, a main road connecting the capital to western Japan.

It was also reported that a 50-60 meters (165 feet) long section of ceiling panels fell to the road.

They are still looking into the cause of the accident.

Smoke is seen from the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi prefecture, in this Kyodo handout photo, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo
Smoke is seen from the Sasago Tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Koshu, Yamanashi prefecture, in this Kyodo handout photo, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

Tokyo Skytree, The World Tallest Tower-Photos

A view of Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower at 634 metres (2080 feet), in Tokyo in this photo taken by Kyodo on May 21, 2012. The tower opened to the public on Tuesday, with hundreds of people entering the tower and its large shopping mall. Picture taken May 21, 2012. Mandatory Credit REUTERS/Kyodo

Today, the world’s tallest tower is open for the public.

The tower is located in Tokyo, Japan and was named Tokyo Skytree.

It is about 634 meters or 2080 feet tall.

The second tallest was Canton Tower in China which is about 600 meters or 1,968 1/2 feet tall.

The world’s tallest structure is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa which is 828 meters tall.

But, Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper and not a tower.

The Skytree will serve as a broadcasting tower for television and radio.

It is a very beautiful building.

Visitors wait in front of the entrance of the Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The world’s tallest tower and Japan’s biggest new landmark opened to the public on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
The Tokyo Sky Tree soars in Tokyo Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The world’s tallest freestanding broadcast structure that stands 634-meter (2,080 feet) will open to the public in May. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
The 634-metre-tall Tokyo Sky Tree tower stands in eastern Tokyo
The 634-metre (2080-feet) Tokyo Sky Tree is seen in Tokyo before its completion the following day, in this photo taken by Kyodo on February 28, 2012. The world’s tallest tower was completed on Wednesday, Kyodo reported. Picture taken February 28, 2012. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo
The 634-metre (2080-feet) Tokyo Sky Tree, world’s tallest broadcasting tower, is illuminated by LED lights to to mourn victims of March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami and 1945’s great Tokyo air raids during World War II in Tokyo March 10, 2012, a day before the disaster’s one-year anniversary. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11 last year unleashed a tsunami that killed about 16,000 and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. About 326,000 people are still homeless and nearly 3,300 remain unaccounted for. Mandatory Credit REUTERS/Kyodo

 

Powerful Typhoon Roke Headed Towards Japan Disaster Zone

Local residents wade through a flooded street caused by approaching typhoon in Nagoya, central Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Thousands of people in central Japan have been advised to evacuate as the powerful typhoon approaches. The storm system has already triggered floods that have left two people missing. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

At least five people were killed or missing after being swept away by rivers swollen with rain even before Typhoon Roke reached Japan.

A typhoon is a natural disaster that can cause heavy rain, strong winds, floods and mudslides.

The typhoon was expected to make landfall along Japan’s southeast coast around midday on Wednesday.

It will then moves northeast through Tokyo and into the northeastern Tohoku region which was hit by the March 11 tsunami and earthquake.

Also in the path of the storm is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

More than a million people were ordered or advised to evacuate.

Kyodo News reported that more than 200 domestic flights were canceled and some bullet train services were suspended.

Local residents wade through a flooded street caused by approaching typhoon in Nagoya, central Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Thousands of people in central Japan have been advised to evacuate as the powerful typhoon approaches. The storm system has already triggered floods that have left two people missing. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Residents are rescued from a flooded area in Nagoya, central Japan, in this photo taken by KyodoSeptember 20, 2011. More than a million people in the central Japan city of Nagoya were advised to evacuate on Tuesday as typhoon Roke approached the country, bringing heavy rain. Mandatory Credit REUTERS/Kyodo

Anti-Nuclear Protests In Tokyo And Seoul-Photos

Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo March 27, 2011. The sign on the left reads, "Change energy policy". The sign on the right reads, "Do not sprinkle radioactive material". REUTERS/Toru Hanai

I think that nuclear power is very dangerous.

Nuclear power is very dangerous because if there is an accident at the power plant, it can cause nuclear radiation like what is now happening in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Nuclear radiation is dangerous because the effect can be something like the effect of a nuclear weapon or an atomic bomb.

And if a nuclear power plant exploded, it can be as bad as being hit by an atomic bomb.

Nuclear power plant is an efficient and clean way to produce electricity but it can also become a disaster of mass destruction that can kill and harm lots and lots of people, animals and plants.

It will take a very, very long time to get rid of the nuclear radiation from the atmosphere, soil and the water system.

Go Green 🙂

I think we should use more wind turbine and solar power to produce electricity.

VIDEO: Hundreds of people joined anti-nuclear protests in Japan on Sunday following the country's worst ever atomic accident at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima plant. (AFPTV)
A Greenpeace photo shows a member of the environmental group holding a Geiger counter displaying radiation levels of 7.66 micro Sievert per hour in Iitate city, Fukushima. Dangerous levels of radiation detected in water thought to be leaking from a stricken Japanese reactor have dealt a new blow in efforts to avert a nuclear disaster. (AFP/GREENPEACE/Christian Aslund)
South Korean environmentalists stage a rally to commemorate the 32th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster in the United States, in front of the Myungdong Catholic Church in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 28, 2011. Fears over possible radiation contamination are growing in South Korea, the country closest to Japan, after the latter's japanese nuclear power plants were damaged by earthquakes.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Environmental activists shout slogans during a rally demanding the government halt the building of more nuclear plants in South Korea, in Seoul March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Truth Leem
An environmental activist wearing a mask takes part in a rally demanding the government halt the building of more nuclear plants in South Korea, in Seoul March 28, 2011, on the 32nd anniversary of U.S. Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in 1979. South Korea, a major global supplier of nuclear plants, will carry on with its nuclear plans despite the crisis at a quake-hit nuclear complex in nearby Japan, a government minister said on Monday. Nuclear power accounts for 31.4 percent of South Korea's electricity generation needs, and the world's fifth-largest oil importer has a target to increase that to 48.5 percent by 2024. It has 7 reactors under construction, with plans to build 6 more and bring to 34 the number on-stream by 2024. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Cool Off In The Hot Weather-Photos

It is a very hot summer almost everywhere.

Just a few months ago, it was freezing in Florida, U.S.A.!

A blanket of ice covers strawberries Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Plant City, Fla. Farmers spray their crops to help protect them against the cold temperatures. Temperatures in the area dipped into the mid-20's, and farmers are working to salvage millions of dollars' worth of strawberries and other crops. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Now Japan, Serbia, Germany, Italy, U.S.A.,Hungary, Russia and Poland are being hit by very hot weather and heat wave.

And people get into the rivers, fountains, beaches, sprinkles and others places where there are water to cool off 🙂

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In Belgrade, Serbia people crowd a swimming pool to cool off Saturday,July 17,2010.
A boy enjoys splash at Tokyo park Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Kids play in a water park in Indianapolis, Friday, July 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Tubers float down the lower Salt River Friday, July 16, 2010 in the Tonto National Park in near Mesa, Ariz. Temperatures are expected to hit 115 today with an excessive heat warning for the Phoenix metro area. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Tourists cool down themselves in a fountain at the central Prague's Wenceslas Square.(AP Photo)
Cooling down at All-Russian Exhibition Centre, Moscow Friday July 16,2010. (AP Photo)
Cool off with a sprinkler system on the lawn of Mariannenplatz in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo)
Vitus the polar bear trying to cool off at a zoo in Budapest, Hungary. (AP Photo)
People cooling off in a fountain in central Moscow in Russia. (AP Photo)
A tourist cools off his head into a fountain in Rome's People square, Friday, July 16, 2010, as temperatures are expected to reach 38 Celsius degrees (100.4 Fahrenheit) over the week-end in central and northern Italy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A man swims in a fountain outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 16, 2010. A heat wave hit central Russia with temperatures rising above 30C (86F) breaking temperature records. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Boys ride bicycles at a fountain try to cool themselves in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, about 1500 kilometers (900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 15, 2010.A heat wave hit central Russsia and Ural breaking temperature records going higher than 30 C (86 F). (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Cooling off in a fountain in Minsk, Belarus. (AP Photo)
People cool off at the Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica , Calif., Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The first significant heat wave of the year is expected to intensify Wednesday in Los Angeles with temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 90s. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A Trip To Putrajaya

On Monday 1st of  February, I went to Putrajaya after lunch.

I had lunch at the ‘Black Canyon Coffee’.

I did not drink coffee but I drank ‘Blueberry Delight’.

I saw a lot of flags of the states of Malaysia in Putrajaya.


There are a lot of beautiful buildings over there 🙂

The buildings are new because it is a new city 😆

I also saw nice new bridges over the man made lakes.


We drove to the Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC).

We went to the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque.

It is very big and beautiful but there is almost nobody there ❓

We prayed Asr at the Putra Mosque.


I found a red ‘autumn  leaf’ on a bench near the mosque.

There are lots of beautiful lamp posts too and they must be very expensive.

Then we went to  Kuala Lumpur International Airport(KLIA).

We had dinner at McDonald’s.

Then we said good bye to Aunty Selina.

Aunty Selina was going to Tokyo, Japan by Japan Airlines (JAL).

After that she’ll be flying United Airlines to the United States.

Aunty Selina works at the World Bank in Washington D.C.

I wish Aunty Selina can visit Malaysia again and bring me more nice books, jigsaw puzzles and tasty chocolates.


I miss Aunty Selina very much.