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Martinez couple stuck in Hawaii hotel room overnight

CBS News and News 12: Disaster in Japan coverage

Posted: 03/11/2011 - A Martinez couple is having quite a vacation this week. They spent most of the day stuck on the seventeenth floor of their Hawaiian hotel. Everyone in the hotel was evacuated to the highest levels of the building and then told to stay in their rooms.

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Quake is 5th biggest, but Japan best prepared

satellite image of Japan

Posted: 03/11/2011 - Take the world's most earthquake-prepared country, jolt it with one of the biggest quakes in history and add a devastating tsunami minutes later.

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Obama: Japan earthquake potentially 'catastrophic'

Posted: 03/11/2011 - President Barack Obama said he was "heartbroken" by images of devastation in Japan following Friday's deadly earthquake and tsunami, and pledged U.S. assistance to help the country recover.

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Radiation levels surge outside Japan nuke plant

Updated: 03/11/2011 - Japanese nuclear officials say radiation levels inside a nuclear power plant have surged to 1,000 times their normal levels after the cooling system failed.

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Japan to release radioactive vapor at nuke plant

Updated: 03/11/2011 - Japanese authorities will release slightly radioactive vapor to ease pressure at nuclear reactor whose cooling system failed. The failure occurred after a power outage caused by Friday's massive earthquake.

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Strong quake strikes central Japan, felt in Tokyo

Posted: 03/11/2011 - Japan's Meteorological Agency says a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the central, mountainous part of the country hours after a massive quake hit off the country's northeastern coast.

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Tsunami swells reach Mexican resorts

Posted: 03/11/2011 - Heavy swells have been rolling through the port and marinas of the Mexico's Baja California resort of Cabo San Lucas.

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Tsunami brings scenes of devastation

flooding, devastation in Japan

Posted: 03/11/2011 - The images on Japanese TV resemble scenes from a Hollywood disaster movie. Powerful waves, filled with debris. Uncontrolled fires. A ship caught in a massive whirlpool.

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Oil spill containment cap removed after problem

gushing oil

Updated: 06/23/2010 - Hundreds of thousands of gallons more oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after an undersea robot bumped a venting system and forced BP to remove a cap that had been containing some of the crude.

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Judge to rule on resuming deepwater oil drilling

Updated: 06/22/2010 - A federal judge will decide by tomorrow if deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico can resume. This comes after a large oil spill is just off the shore of Fort Walton, Florida.

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Oil spill threatens Alabama, Florida coastlines

Updated: 06/21/2010 - Changing winds and currents are bringing the massive spill closer to the Alabama and Florida shoreline--at the worst possible time for local merchants.

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BP stock plummets

Posted: 06/10/2010 - BP is not only gushing oil, but plenty of money, too. The company's stock price is dropping sharply after the Gulf rig explosion. Losses are in the billions.

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