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  • Assessing the Earthquake Risk at US Nuclear Plants Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 5:06 PM ET
    Indian Point Nuclear Plant

    As Japan's nuclear crisis continues to unfold, many are wondering whether the U.S.'s nuclear plants face a similar threat.  A look at where the risks are.

  • No 'Blueprint' for Japan Disaster: Progressive CEO Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:50 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    The Japan situation offers a new “calibration point” for insurers and the world, Glenn Renwick, CEO of insurance company Progressive, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • 11 Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:21 PM ET
    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. One of the sites most affected by the devastation was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which experienced a partial meltdown two days after the quake. The incident is being called the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, and it has shown few signs of slowing down. Click ahead to see 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. See 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

  • Last Defense at Troubled Reactors: 50 Japanese Workers Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:24 AM ET
    Koriyama fire department staff check radiation levels of rescue personnel in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture on March 13, 2011.

    A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday — and perhaps Japan’s last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe, the New York Times reports.

  • Japan Disaster Strengthens Case for Commodities: Rogers Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:10 AM ET

    Oil prices have fallen sharply in the wake of the disaster in Japan as investors have shunned risk. Nymex has declined around 5 percent since last Friday's earthquake and tsunami. However, Jim Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Holdings, who has been a long-term bull on oil,  thinks it's only a matter of time before the current trend reverses.

  • Japan Supply Chain Risk Reverberates Globally Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:04 AM ET
    An employee of Nissan Motor Company works on the assembly line at Nissan's Global Production Engineering Center (GPEC) on May 29, 2007 in Zama, Japan. The GPEC in Zama City is one of several training and development centres established by Nissan in order to train Nissan?s global manufacturing employees to become experts in the 'Nissan Production Way'; improving technology and production efficiency worldwide.

    With many Japanese factories facing temporary or partial closure, the earthquake has left investors facing an uncomfortable truth: in the modern world, it can be tough to assess how convoluted cross-border linkages really work, in manufacturing as in finance, the Financial Times reports.

  • Reactor Design in Japan Has Long Been Questioned Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:23 PM ET
    Quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Futaba, Fukushima

    The type of containment vessel used in the stricken reactors in Japan has long been thought susceptible to failure in an emergency. The NYT reports.

  • Japan Nuclear Crisis Creates Opportunities? Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 8:06 PM ET

    To find them, Cramer goes "Off the Charts."

  • Cramer: Japan Is Not a 'Chernobyl Situation' Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 7:39 PM ET

    Japan's nuclear concerns are not comparable to the Chernobyl disaster, Cramer said.

  • Japan's Nuclear Crisis: A Timeline of Key Events Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:48 PM ET
    Fukishima nuclear reactor explosion.

    Japan is struck by the largest recorded earthquake in its history off the coast of the northeastern city of Sendai, putting in motion a series of events that led to a nuclear crisis. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Yen Will Weaken Further in the Long Run: Roubini Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:40 AM ET

    The yen should be much weaker against the U.S. dollar in the long run based on fundamentals, Nouriel Roubini, Chairman & Co-Founder Roubini Global Economics told CNBC on Tuesday. 

  • Reactor Cooling Pools May Pose Greater Danger Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 1:40 AM ET
    Fukushima Dai Ni Nuclear Power plant

    Even as workers race to prevent the radioactive cores of the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan from melting down, concerns are growing that nearby pools holding spent fuel rods could pose an even greater danger, the New York Times reports.

  • Rescuers Struggle to Reach Survivors Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 1:06 AM ET
    Rescue workers look over an area flooded by the tsunami in Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan.

    Japanese authorities continued to struggle to respond to the aftermath of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami as thousands remained missing and nearly half a million survivors huddled in temporary shelters, the Financial Times reports.

  • Nikkei 225 Could Plunge to as Low as 7,000: Chartist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 12:06 AM ET

    That the market will fall, and fall rapidly is a given. The key question is how far the market may fall before it finds support. The reaction to the Kobe earthquake provides some clues.

  • Charting Asia | Nikkei 225 Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 7:41 PM ET
  • Five Things We're Watching: March 15, 2011 Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 7:08 PM ET
    A pleasure boat sits on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi

    ‪Japan combats crisis, the Fed considers inflation and Henry Kravis says hello. Here's some of what we’re watching — and therefore you should as well.‬

  • Charity To Japan: A Better Way? Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    Damaged houses, cars and debris after the earthquake

    The catastrophic events of the past week or so in Japan have many reaching for their wallets, seeking to help the afflicted nation and its people. Unfortunately, writing a check to a Japan earthquake specific charity fund might not be the wisest choice.

  • Scenes From the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:41 PM ET
    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service. The quake created a 10-meter Tsunami that washed away houses, cars and boats. Here are scenes from the devastation.

    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service.

  • Japan Is Still a Long-Term Buying Opportunity: Pro Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 10:31 AM ET

    Japan’s economy will overcome the aftermath of the earthquake and will rebound longer-term, said Steven Bernsetein, CEO of Oppenheimer Investments Asia.

  • Pedestrians cross the street using the Shibuya crossing in Shibuya on May 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. Shibuya is not only a busy business district but also known for it's vibrant nightlife and fashion.

    While the world has fallen out of love with the Japanese economy in recent years it remains an economic powerhouse and important to the global economy, Sean Corrigan, chief investment strategist at Diapason Commodities Management, said Monday.