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Japan Tsunami
8.8, 8.9, 9.0 and even 9.1 earthquake in Japan March 11th 2011,  <br>Earthquake & Tsunami aftermath,  <br>Fukushima
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►►Pet rescuers brave Fukushima danger zone

Tokyo -- The image was horrific: A whimpering beagle, ribs showing through its fur, tethered to a post inside the no-go zone around the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
The scene was captured by freelance journalists who drove through towns within a few kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and who left food for the animal. But animal rescue activists who have braved the exclusion zone around the plant say there many others like it.
"I understand the nuclear danger and everything, but they're just being left to starve to death, basically," said Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support.
Gallaon-Aoki and others like her have been slipping into the 20-km radius around Fukushima Daiichi to retrieve pets and feed livestock left behind when their owners were forced to evacuate. Pet owners have sent her group their addresses, accompanied by pleas to rescue their animals, left behind when they fled for what was supposed to be a short time.
A month later, the volunteers are putting their long-term health on the line, putting on protective gear and entering the 20-km radius around the plant that was declared off-limits in the early days of the crisis. Hiroko Ito's 5-year-old Shiba, Non, is among those rescued by Gallaon-Aoki's group. Ito said she left food for the dog, but didn't expect to be gone a month.
"We tried to save him, but we couldn't get in," Ito said. (...)
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Les animaux domestiques également victimes du tsunami au Japon - Le Quotidien.lu

Les animaux domestiques également victimes du tsunami au Japon - Le Quotidien.lu | Japan Tsunami | Scoop.it
Parmi les équipes secouristes venues du monde entier, certaines se sont consacrées aux tentatives de sauvetage de ces chiens et chats orphelins. Une mission loin d'être simple. "Dans les zones les plus touchées, nous n'avons pas trouvé de signe de vie animale", relate Ashley Fruno, de l'association PETA.

"A un moment, nous avons bien vu des empreintes de pattes dans la boue, mais elles ne menaient nulle part, et nous n'avons trouvé aucun animal". Peu à peu, toutefois, des animaux de compagnie perdus, seuls, ont commencé à apparaître, souvent près de maisons endommagées où ils sont parvenus à échapper à la vague géante.
De nombreux habitants ont abandonné leur compagnon à quatre pattes quand l'alarme anti-tsunami a retenti, loin d'imaginer que le raz-de-marée balayerait tout sur son passage, et ferait plus de 28.000 morts et disparus. Ces animaux se sont brutalement retrouvés livrés à eux-mêmes dans un environnement hostile, sans alimentation ni eau douce. L'organisation Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS), une coalition d'associations de défense de la cause animale créée dans la hâte, a passé ces deux dernières semaines à quadriller le terrain.
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