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The Man Who Predicted the Tsunami

After studying ancient rocks, a Japanese geologist warned that a disaster was imminent—to no avail By PETER LANDERS The giant tsunami that assaulted northern Japan’s coast surprised just about everyone. But Masanobu Shishikura was expecting it. The thought that came to mind, he says, was “yappari,” a Japanese word meaning roughly, “Sure enough, it happened.”

Royal visit heavy on symbolism for Dubliners

17 May 2011 Last updated at 12:45 ET By Conor SpackmanBBC News Travelling into Dublin on Tuesday morning, it was clear that the Irish police were leaving nothing to chance. As far as 10 miles from anywhere the Queen was due to visit, police cars were parked on unusual corners of suburban avenues.