Yes, predictions are hard, especially about the future. But they’re fun!

And, sometimes, they can even be useful. They’re rarely correct but, perhaps, they help clarify and hone one’s thinking about the future.

And so, in the spirit of enlightened thinking about our industry, here are Business Insider Intelligence’s 12 Internet Predictions For 2012:

Google Will Release A $200 Tablet

Amazon’s Kindle Fire changed the tablet game, largely thanks to its price, way below the competition; It looks like it’s going to be a holiday blockbuster;

Meanwhile, Google is fighting a platform war with Apple and has been humiliated on the tablet front, with high-priced, lower-featured Android tablets getting clobbered by the iPad. The way Google can grab tablet marketshare, which it needs to do, is to imitate Amazon’s strategy of selling a radically lower-priced tablet at a loss. And, for the first time, it can do that, since it’s in the process of buying tablet-maker Motorola.

Facebook Will Grow Faster Than Anyone Thinks And Hit 1 Billion Users

Facebook already has 800 million users, and many people assume that its growth is hitting a wall, as it reaches dominance in the big developed markets and it’s locked out of markets like China and Russia. But, there is still a lot of room for growth in places like South-East Asia, India and Brazil, and Facebook’s network effect is a powerful thing.

Twitter Will Build A Huge Business

A lot of ink is being spilt on Twitter’s product, Twitter’s executive turnover, Twitter’s usage–and these are all noteworthy topics to cover. But while all this is going on, Twitter has been quietly building a huge business.

In the past year or so, Twitter has been tentatively experimenting with various ad formats, and now it’s found the formats that work for advertisers and consumers. 2012 will be the year when Twitter really scales it up and starts generating very serious revenue.

RIM Will Sell

It’s over for RIM. The company’s the walking dead. We all know that. The market now has realized it. At some point someone like HTC or Nokia or someone else will snap it up for its patents and its enterprise business. (Maybe even ZTE, the Chinese mobile OEM that is trying to move up the stack and become a consumer brand.)

Apple Will Boringly Grow In Line With Analysts’ Estimates

apple earnings versus analyst expectationsApple has had an uncanny ability to explode past most analyst estimates, as this great chart at right from Asymco’s Horace Dediu shows. This was due to two reasons: analysts underestimated Apple, and Apple grabbed on to two huge rocketship markets with the iPhone and the iPad.

These two problems are being solved. The iPhone is hitting a natural limit as Android swallows the market, and while the iPad is ushering in the post-PC era, its growth is probably steadily predictable. And while Apple is likely to come out with some sort of amazing revolutionary new TV product next year, that’s not as big a market as phones and tablets, so even if it does very well it won’t supercharge Apple’s top and bottom lines, at least not in the first year.

This boring prediction is actually risky: over the past few years, the “safe” bet has been that Apple would overperform, and Apple fanboys have had a lot of fun quoting industry analysts predicting the demise of, you name it, the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. And maybe we’ll look this foolish a year from now. But we think Apple is in “cruise speed” and expectations have caught up to this superbly-run and innovative company. So we think Apple will grow fast and be in rude health in 2012, but, for once, won’t deviate much from the consensus forecast.

Nokia Will Do OK

Many people are expecting Nokia to be the next RIM–an ignominious collapse. And indeed it has slid a lot. But Nokia is much bigger than RIM and, unlike RIM, its execs aren’t asleep at the wheels. They are pumping out good phones with a good software platform, into one of the world’s biggest phone distribution channels. It will take many years before we see if Nokia and Microsoft will become a strong player in mobile, but next year Nokia will neither do outstandingly nor collapse, but do OK.

Amazon Will Post Serious Losses And Outstanding Revenue Growth


chart of the day, kindle price september 2011

As the price of a Kindle goes down, Amazon’s revenue and losses go up

After years in “harvesting” mode Amazon is back in “investing” mode. Jeff Bezos, the most long-term thinking entrepreneur on Earth, realizes he is looking at some massive opportunities: building a complete digital media distribution ecosystem; building the biggest cloud platform of the 21st century; and, last but not least, eating retail.


All of these opportunities require upfront investment. But because Bezos has been at this before, they will pay off. All of the things that Bezos is investing in–below-cost tablets, perks for Amazon Prime subscribers, data centers for Amazon Web Services–show up as more revenue and less profits. We think you will be surprised next year by how big the losses will be and how fast the revenue will grow.

The New Breed Of Vertical, Entertaimnent-Focused Ecommerce Companies Will Get Huge

With the internet now reaching over a billion people, plenty of vertical markets have reached a tipping point, becoming big enough to support massive companies focused on one product category. Examples include Gilt Groupe for fashion, Warby Parker for glasses, One Kings’ Lane and for home decor, and others. With these pioneers leading the way, investment and value creation in this area will proliferate. (Thanks to Silicon Valley demigod Marc Andreessen for reminding us.)

2012 Will Finally Be The Year Mobile Advertising Really Take Off, With At Least One AdNet Going Public


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Where usage leads, dollars follow…

Mobile advertising is still tiny compared to internet advertising, let alone all advertising, but it won’t stay that way forever: smartphones are proliferating, outselling even PCs, and will soon reach a scale unseen in the history of computing. This isn’t a bold prediction. What may be bolder is that some mobile ad companies will finally grow huge this year, with a mobile ad network, probably either InMobi or Millenial Media, going public. Mobile isn’t yet taking over the world, but it’s now big enough that some companies are now generating serious revenue and we’ll see more of that.


Rovio Will Open At Least One Store In The US

Rovio is (or at least wants to be) the next Disney: it makes money not so much through the products it’s known for (movies for Disney, games for Rovio), but through tons of merchandise connected to the magic brands these products popularize. Accordingly, Rovio has an ambitious retail strategy of opening amazing Angry Birds stores, and it will probably open one in the US in 2012 (though Europe and China are first).

This Year, Enterprise-Focused Startups Will Blow Up

“Enterprise is sexy.” You’re about to hear that phrase a lot. The stars are all aligned for enterprise startups. Companies are sitting on tons of cash, not knowing what to do with it, because of the economy. Trends like the consumerization of IT, the proliferation of new mobile devices and the cloud have converged, giving a serious opportunity for newcomers to displace the incumbent enterprise software players. 2012 will be a year of big IPOs (like Workday) and big financings ( for ambitious enterprise startups.

You Will See A Ton Of Hype Around “The Internet Of Things”

“The Internet Of Things” is a catchy term revolving around the idea that most everyday objects around us will be equipped with internet-collected electronics, and this will open up new applications. This goes from novelty items like scales that tweet your weight (encouraging you through peer pressure to watch it) to ambitious visions like Jawbone’s steps toward wearable computing. We’re not yet sure if The Internet Of Things will be a huge business or a passing fad, but we’re willing to bet you’ll be hearing a ton about it in 2012.
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The world’s tallest tower to the height of one kilometer within the next five years will be made in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
Dubai tower now world’s tallest tower in Dubai holds the record. The tower height is 828 meters, which opened in 2010.

But within five years that the tower be built to a height of km (kilometer) and so it will be 172 meters taller than Burj Dubai.

This tower is called the Kingdom Tower in the port city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia will be made.

The new tower at a level equal to 530 thousand square meters, is the skyscraper, which will host a Four Seasons hotel, luxury apartments, offices and the panoramic landscape.

According Larpvblyka, the tower will have 59 lifts with a vertical velocity of 10 meters per second. Within one minute and forty seconds with the lift can be thousands of meters from ground level to the last point Pymvd tower. The tower was built with a cost of $ 1.2 billion.

Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill designed the tower, two architects from Chicago are responsible.

Source: Fropki

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លោក សាន រីជឺរ (Richer San) អនុ​ប្រធាន​ទី​មួយ​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ខ្មែរ ឬ​ហៅ​ថា Cambodia Inc. មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា លោក​មាន​មោទនភាព​ណាស់​ដែល​ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​ត្រូវ​បាន​អាជ្ញាធរ​ក្រុង​ឡងប៊ិច អនុញ្ញាត​ឲ្យ​មាន​ទីក្រុង​ខ្មែរ​សម្រាប់​ទីផ្សារ​ពាណិជ្ជកម្ម​ខ្មែរ​មួយ​ជា​ផ្លូវការ​នៅ​លើ​ទឹក​ដី​អាមេរិក ហើយ​ថា តំណាង​សហគមន៍​ខ្មែរ​បាន​ផ្ដើម​គំនិត​គ្នា​ស្នើ​សុំ​ច្បាប់​អនុញ្ញាត​ទទួល​ស្គាល់​ជា​ផ្លូវការ​អស់​រយៈពេល​ជាង ១០​ឆ្នាំ​មក​ហើយ តែ​សេចក្ដី​សម្រេច​ជា​ផ្លូវការ និង​ដំណើរការ​ទើប​បាន​បញ្ចប់​សព្វគ្រប់​នៅ​ក្នុង​ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​នេះ។

លោក​មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​បន្ថែម​ថា ៖ «ដែល​យើង​ចង់​ធ្វើ​នេះ​វា​មាន​ចំណុច​សំខាន់​ច្រើន។ សំខាន់​ជាង​គេ​គឺ​យើង​ចង់​បន្ត​នូវ​វប្បធម៌​ទុក​ឲ្យ​ក្មេង​ស្រករ​ក្រោយ​កើត​នៅ​ទី​នេះ ក្មេង​កើត​នៅ​ទី​នេះ​គ្នា​អត់​ដឹង​ថា ឪពុក​ម្ដាយ​ហ្នឹង​មក​ពី​ណា មាន​ទំនៀម​ទម្លាប់​អី​ទេ។ ខេមបូឌា ថោន ដែល​យើង​បង្កើត​នេះ ដើម្បី​ថែ​រក្សា​ទំនៀមទម្លាប់​ប្រពៃណី​របស់​យើង»។

​លោក ឆាំង សុង ខ្មែរ​អាមេរិកាំង​រស់​នៅ​ក្រុង​ទីក្រុង​ឡងប៊ិច ថ្លែង​ប្រាប់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី​ថា ឡងប៊ិច​ជា​ទីក្រុង​មួយ​ប្រជុំ​ដោយ​ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​ច្រើន​ជាង​គេ​ក្នុង​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក ដែល​មាន​ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​រស់​នៅ​ជាង ៥​ម៉ឺន​នាក់។ លោក​ថា ការ​បើក​តំបន់​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច និង​វប្បធម៌​ក្រុង​ខ្មែរ​នេះ ជា​ទីក្រុង​ខ្មែរ​ទី​មួយ​ក្នុង​ប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រ​នៅ​លើ​ពិភពលោក​ហើយ ចាប់​តាំង​ពី​លោក​ដឹង​ក្ដី​មក។

លោក​ថា ទីក្រុង​ដែល​មាន​ឈ្មោះ​ខ្មែរ​នេះ​ផ្ដល់​ប្រយោជន៍​ដល់​ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​ជា​ច្រើន ៖ «ទីក្រុង​ខ្មែរ​ហ្នឹង​វា​មាន​គោលបំណង​ធំ​ជា​ផ្លូវការ​ពីរ។ ទី​១ ដើម្បី​រក្សា​ចែកចាយ​វប្បធម៌​ខ្មែរ​យើង​ទៅ​អាមេរិកាំង​បរទេស​ឯ​ទៀតៗ​ទាំង​អស់។ ទី​២ ធំ​បំផុត​ទៀត គឺ​ជា​កន្លែង​ដែល​លើក​ស្ទួយ​ខ្មែរ​យើង​ឲ្យ​បាន​រក​ស៊ី​ចម្រុងចម្រើន​ក្នុង​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក។ គោលបំណង​មួយ​ទៀត​សម្រាប់​ខ្ញុំ​ដែល​យល់​ផ្ទាល់ វា​ជា​ស្ពាន​ធំ​ណាស់​ដែល​ចម្លង​ខ្មែរ​យើង​នៅ​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក និង​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​ឯ​ណោះ មិន​ដែល​មាន​ទេ​ក្នុង​ប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រ​រឿង​នេះ​រឿង​ធំ​ណាស់»។

ចំពោះ​ការ​អបអរ​សាទរ និង​ការ​លើក​ផ្លាក​សញ្ញា​នេះ ម្ចាស់​ហាង​ខ្មែរ វ៉ែនហេង អ្នកស្រី អ៊ីម ផល្លា មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា អ្នកស្រី​សប្បាយ​ចិត្ត​ណាស់ ដោយសារ​អ្នកស្រី​មាន​ហាង​លក់​ម្ហូប​អាហារ​ខ្មែរ​ដ៏​ធំ​នៅ​ទី​នេះ​សម្រាប់​បម្រើ​សហគមន៍​ខ្មែរ​ដូច​នៅ​ស្រុក​ខ្មែរ​ដែរ ៖ «សប្បាយ​ចិត្ត​ណាស់ មាន​មោទនភាព​យ៉ាង​ខ្លាំង​ដែល​ខ្មែរ​យើង​មាន​ឈ្មោះ​ថា ក្រុង​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​ឡងប៊ិច នៅ​ក្នុង​អាមេរិក​នេះ។ ខ្ញុំ​ភ្ញៀវ​ខ្មែរ​ខ្ញុំ ៩០​ភាគរយ​ខ្មែរ និយាយ​តែ​ខ្មែរ ឮ​តែ China Town (ក្រុង​ចិន), Korea Town (ក្រុង​កូរ៉េ) ឥឡូវ​ខ្មែរ​យើង​មាន​តំណាង​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​អាមេរិក​ហ្នឹង ខ្ញុំ​សប្បាយ​ចិត្ត»។

អតីត​ប្រធាន​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សាភិបាល​នៃ​ទីក្រុង​ខ្មែរ ឬ Cambodia Town ក្នុង​ក្រុង​ឡងប៊ិច អ្នកស្រី សាន សុទ្ធា មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ដែរ​ថា មុន​នឹង​បាន​ទទួល​ច្បាប់​អនុញ្ញាត​ទទួល​ស្គាល់​ពេញលេញ​ពី​អាជ្ញាធរ​នេះ ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​ទី​នោះ​បាន​ប្រឹងប្រែង​ជួយ​គ្នា​យ៉ាង​ពេញ​ទំហឹង រិះរក​មធ្យោបាយ​ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​បាន​ការ​ទទួល​ស្គាល់​ជា​ផ្លូវ​ការ។

អ្នកស្រី សាន សុទ្ធា បន្ត​ដូច្នេះ ៖ «ចំពោះ​ខ្លួន​ខ្ញុំ​ផ្ទាល់​គឺ​ថា យើង​មាន​សេចក្ដី​រំភើប ហើយ​យើង​មាន​មោទនភាព​ជា​ខ្លាំង ពីព្រោះ​កិច្ចការ​អស់​នេះ​គឺ​ថា ដែល​យើង​ធ្វើ​ហ្នឹង គឺ​ថា មិន​មែន​បាន​មក​ស្រួល​ទេ ហើយ​ក្នុង​រយៈពេល​បើ​យើង​គិត​អំឡុង​ពេល​ទៅ គឺ​ថា តាំង​ពី​ក្រុម​ខ្មែរ​យើង​បាន​ចាប់​ផ្ដើម​មក គឺ​តាំង​ពី​២០០១ ​ហើយ​រហូត​ដល់​ទៅ​២០១១ បើ​និយាយ​ពី​ភ្នំពេញ គឺ​ឡងប៊ិច​នេះ​ហើយ​ជា​ទី​ពីរ ក្រៅ​ពី​ភ្នំពេញ»។

តំបន់​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច និង​វប្បធម៌​ក្រុង​ខ្មែរ Cambodia Town, Inc ស្ថិត​នៅ​ផ្លូវ​អាណាហែម លេខ​២២១០ E ជាន់​ទី​មួយ លេខ​១០៣ ក្រុង​ឡងប៊ិច រដ្ឋ​កាលីហ្វ័រញ៉ា សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក។ ទីក្រុង​នេះ​បាន​បើក​ពិធី​អបអរ​សាទរ​លើក​ផ្លាក​សញ្ញា​ជា​ផ្លូវការ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៦ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១១ ដែល​មាន​មនុស្ស​ចូល​រួម​ប្រមាណ​ជាង ១០០​នាក់៕

‘Something is technically wrong’ said the message that went to some users


SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter experienced service disruptions on Tuesday, displaying an older version of the social networking website to some users and becoming completely inaccessible to others.

A message on Twitter’s Web page that provides updates on the service’s status said: “We’ve temporarily disabled #NewTwitter. Our engineers are working on re-enabling it and we’ll update you shortly.”

Twitter, which allows users to send short, 140-character messages to groups of “followers,” has more than 200 million registered accounts and has become a popular communications service with businesses, celebrities and protesters in the Middle East.

Last month Twitter announced that it had moved its infrastructure to a new home at an undisclosed location, which the company said would allow it to constantly “stay abreast” of its capacity needs and provide greater reliability.

But a custom-built datacenter in Utah that was meant to house Twitter’s gear has been plagued with problems, according to people familiar with the matter, forcing Twitter to move most of the site’s operations to a facility in Sacramento, California instead.

Tuesday’s disruptions meant that some people were using the version of the Twitter site that preceded a redesign unveiled in September. Other Twitter users were unable to log on at all, and were greeted with a page informing them that “something is technically wrong” and promising to have things “back to normal soon.”

A Twitter spokeswoman said the company had no details to provide beyond the statements on its special technical status Web page.




YANGON: More than 60 people were killed and dozens injured after a strong earthquake struck Myanmar near its border with Thailand, an official said Friday, as some affected areas remained cut off.

Tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres (500 miles) from the epicentre, Hanoi and parts of China during the earthquake on Thursday, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) measured at magnitude 6.8.

A Myanmar official said dozens of people were killed in areas close to the epicentre and more than 240 buildings had collapsed.

“The death toll has increased to more than 60 now from those areas including Tarlay, Mine Lin and Tachileik townships,” said the official.

“About 90 people were injured from those areas. The officials are still trying to reach some more affected areas. There are some places we cannot reach yet.”

Across the border, Thai authorities said a 52-year-old woman was killed in Mae Sai district after a wall in her house collapsed.

Terrified residents across the region fled their homes, tall buildings swayed and hospitals and schools were evacuated during the tremors.

In Yangon Chris Herink, Myanmar country director for the charity World Vision, said there did not appear to be “catastrophic infrastructure damage” in the affected areas of Kengtung and Tachileik, although buildings were cracked and water supplies disrupted in some areas.

“Of real concern though are the more rural areas. There will be more, I am afraid to say, unhappy information coming throughout the day,” he said.

“It is a hilly area near the border between Thailand and Laos, the so-called Golden Triangle. There is a lot of commerce that goes on in the area.”

World Vision has around 7,000 children sponsored by overseas donors in the affected areas.

“We want to ensure that they and their families are safe, secure and accounted for and to offer assistance to them as a first priority but also to help anyone in the area that has humanitarian needs,” he said.

The quake struck 90 kilometres (60 miles) north of Chiang Rai and 235 kilometres (150 miles) north-northeast of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second city and a popular tourist destination.

Thailand’s meteorological department on Friday said it had registered six large aftershocks following the initial quake.

Residents in Chiang Rai city raced from their homes again on Friday morning as a large tremor again shook the ground.

Four pagodas in the historic town of Chiang Saen near the northern Thai border were damaged, including Chedi Luang, where its three-metre (10-foot) long pinnacle crashed to the ground.

The shaking was felt throughout China’s southwest province of Yunnan, according to state-run China National Radio, but no casualties or structural collapses had been reported as of Friday morning.

However, the earthquake reportedly caused cracks in some homes and schools in and around the rugged Xishuangbanna region which borders Myanmar, and fear of aftershocks forced many people in the area to spend the night outdoors.

Some residents of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi fled their homes when the quake shook the city.

Le Huy Minh, assistant director of the national Global Geophysics Institute in the capital, reported no victims or damage.

“There was big panic among the local residents,” as high buildings shook for half a minute, said Nguyen Thai Son, of the institute’s office in northwestern Dien Bien town, 350 kilometres from the epicentre.

But he added there were “neither victims nor material losses here”.

Laos government spokesman Khenthong Nuanthasing said there had been no reports of casualties in his country from the earthquake.

“In Vientiane it was not strong,” he said.

The quake comes two weeks after Japan was hit by a monster earthquake, which unleashed a devastating tsunami that left around 27,000 people dead or missing and triggered a crisis at its Fukushima nuclear plant.

Myanmar and Japan sit on different tectonic plates, separated by the vast Eurasian plate.

No tsunami warning was issued after the Myanmar quake as US seismologists said it was too far inland to generate a devastating wave in the Indian Ocean.

The USGS initially recorded the quake as magnitude 7.0, but later revised it down to 6.8.

Source: Asia Pacific News

(CNN) — If the moon looks a little bit bigger and brighter this weekend, there’s a reason for that. It is.

Saturday’s full moon will be a super “perigee moon” — the biggest in almost 20 years. This celestial event is far rarer than the famed blue moon, which happens once about every two-and-a-half years.

“The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” said Geoff Chester with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. “I’d say it’s worth a look.”

Full moons look different because of the elliptical shape of the moon’s orbit. When it’s at perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to Earth than when it’s at the farthest point of its orbit, also known as apogee.

“Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the moon’s orbit,” the NASA website says.

This full moon will rise in the east at sunset and should look especially big at that time because of what’s known as the “moon illusion.”

“For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects,” according to NASA.

Even though it may look close enough to touch, Saturday’s full moon will still be at a healthy distance — some 211,600 miles (356,577 km) away.

As rare as it is, it may be worth a look. Miss it and you’ll have to wait until 2029 to see it again.


ព្យុះ​កំណាច​ស៊ូណាមិក​​​នា​រសៀល​នេះ​បាន​បណ្ដាល​ឲ្យ​មនុស្ស យ៉ាង​​ហោច​ណាស់​​៩៣នាក់​ស្លាប់​បាត់បង់​ជីវិត​​​ត្រឹម​ម៉ោង​១០​យប់​ថ្ងៃទី ១១ ខែមីនានេះ និង​អាច​​កើន​ឡើង​​ជាង​នេះ​ ​​ព្រម​ទាំង​​​​រង​របួស​ជាច្រើន​នាក់​​ទៀត​។ ​នោះ​​បើ​តាម​​​សេចក្ដី​រាយការណ៍​ពី​គេហទំព័រ​ CNN ។

ជាមួយ​នឹង​ការ​រញ្ជួយ​ដី​​ដែល​មាន​កម្លាំង​៨.៩វ៉ិចទ័រ​​នេះ​ ក៏​បាន​បណ្ដាល​​ឲ្យ​ឆេះ​​​នៅ​តំបន់​ក្បែៗ​នោះ​ចំនួន​៨០​កន្លែង​ ​ផង​ដែរ​។​​ ចំណុច​នៃ​ការ​រញ្ជួយ​​ស្ថិត​នៅ​​​ចម្ងាយ​​ ៣៧៣​ គីឡូម៉ែត្រ​ ពី​ទីក្រុង​ តូក្យូ​ ។ ​ប៉ុន្តែ​ប្រជា​​ជន​នៅ​​​ទីក្រុង​តូក្យូ​នៅ​តែ​បន្ត​ការ​ភ័យខ្លាច​បើ​ទោះ​ជា ​នៅ​ឆ្ងាយ​ក៏​ដោយ​ ​។
ដោយ​ឡែក​​អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យ​​​មូលដ្ឋាន​ទ័ព​អាមេរិក​ប្រចាំ​នៅ​​ប្រទេស​ជប៉ុន​​ ​បាន​និយាយ​ថា​​​ គ្មាន​ការ​ខូចខាត​ណា​មួយ​ឡើយ​​រហូត​ដល់​ពេល​នេះ​​​សម្រាប់​កងទ័ព​អាមេរិក។

លោក​​ប្រធានាធិបតី​អាមេរិក Barack Obama ​បាន​​​ចូល​រួម​​រំលែក​ទុក្ខ​ ហើយ​​ថ្លែង​ថា​​​ អាមេរិក​​​កំពុង​តែ​រង់​​​ចាំ​ជួយ​​អន្តរាគម​​ន៍​ដល់​​គ្រោះ​មហន្តរាយ​​នេះ​ ។​ ក្នុង​នោះ​ដែរ​ ​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ជប៉ុន ​Naoto Kan​បាន​ចេញ​ប្រតិបត្តិការ​បន្ទាន់​ និង​​អំពាវនាវ​ឲ្យ​​មាន​ភាព​ស្ងប់ស្ងាត់​​​។​ ​ ​លោក​បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ទៀត​ គ្មាន​ការ​លេច​​ចេញ​នូវ​​វិទ្យុ​សកម្ម​ចេញ​​ពី​រោង​ចក្រ​​ថាមពល​ឡើយ​ ។​ ​​​រោងចក្រ​​ថាមពល​​នុយក្លេអ៊ែរ​​បួន​​ដែល​នៅ​​​​ជិត​ទៅ​នឹង​ចំណុច​រញ្ជួយ​ នោះ​ត្រូវ​បាន​បិទ​ដោយ​សុវត្ថិភាព​ហើយ​​ ។ ​រីឯ​​​ ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ប្រមាណ​២០០០​នាក់​ ​​នៅ​ជិត​រោងចក្រ​ នុយក្លេអ៊ែរ​​​​នៃ​​ទីក្រុង​ Fukushima ​វិញ​ត្រូវ​​ជម្លៀស​ ។​  ចំណែក​​ផ្ទះ​​​ប្រមាណ​ជា​​​​៤​លាន​ខ្នង​នៅ​ទីក្រុង​ តូក្យូ​​ គ្មាន​​ភ្លើង​អគ្គិសនី​ទេ​ យប់​នេះ​ ។