On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the city recommended shortly after the disaster that children up to two years old not spend more than 15 minutes outside each day. Those aged 3 to 5 should limit their outdoor time to 30 minutes or less. The limits were lifted last year, but many kindergartens and nursery schools continue to obey them even now in line with the wishes of worried parents. An annual survey by the Fukushima prefecture Board of Education found that children in Fukushima weighed more than the national average in virtually every age group. The cause seems to be a lack of exercise and outdoor activity. Ahead of the third anniversary, Reuters photographer Toru Hanai checked in on the town.
South by Southwest (SXSW) — the combination movie-music-tech event that draws hordes of people to Austin, Texas — kicked off last Friday with the start of its film festival and interactive technology conference. The music festival begins Tuesday.
Vigil for Malaysia Airlines passengers, Oscar Pistorius’ trial, protesting Israeli government | March 10
A vigil for missing Malaysia Airlines passengers is held in Kuala Lumpur, thousands of Orthodox Jews gather in Manhattan to protest against the current effort by the Israeli government to pass a law to draft religious Jews into its army, the trial of Oscar Pistorius and more in today’s daily brief.
The winter sports season came to a close for many high school teams in the Baltimore area over the weekend. For a few, there was excitement; for many, disappointment. See it all in this week’s edition of the best in high school sports photography, brought to you by Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers.
Protesters reportedly clash in Crimea as tensions rise in Ukraine, the U.S. women’s 4×400 relay team take the gold at the indoor track and field world championships, cats strut their stuff in Romania and more in today’s photo brief.
The search for a Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 people on board continued Sunday, with a senior source telling Reuters may “have disintegrated” in the air.
Additionally, Malaysian authorities said they were investigating at least two passengers who used lost or stolen passports.
On March 8 activists around the globe celebrate International Women’s Day, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. The UN writes that it is an occasion to commemorate achievements in women’s rights and to call for further change. Mothers and daughters around the world share their aspirations for International Women’s Day with Reuters photographers everywhere.
A police officer forcibly escorted Baltimore Sun photo editor Chris Assaf away from the scene of a police-involved shooting on Feb. 21. He had been taking pictures from outside the police lines, but an officer told him he had to move back further. Assaf protested, stating he was within his First Amendment rights to be where he was standing. Another officer then forced him to move. The Sun is posting all of Assaf’s images from the shooting scene as well as photos taken by Sun photographer Lloyd Fox, who witnessed and documented the incident.
Lt. Eric Kowalczk, the chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said the department has opened an internal investigation into the allegation. He declined to comment more specifically on the incident, “because we have an investigation and we don’t want to prejudice that.”
Warning: Some graphic images appear in this gallery.