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Japan's Fukushima plant opened to journalists

David Batty Guardian 14.11.2011
Japan's Fukushima plant opened to journalists

Conditions inside the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan remain grim and shambolic eight months after the site was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami, according to the first journalists allowed inside since the disaster.

Fukushima Desolation Worst Since Nagasaki

Yuriy Humber, Yuji Okada and Stuart Biggs Bloomberg.com 27.09.2011
Fukushima Desolation Worst Since Nagasaki

What’s emerging in Japan six months since the nuclear meltdown at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant is a radioactive zone bigger than that left by the 1945 atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While nature reclaims the 20 kilometer (12 mile...


Japan city to give radiation counters to children

Japan's Fukushima city said Tuesday it would hand radiation measuring devices to 34,000 children to gauge their exposure from the crippled nuclear power plant about 60 kilometres (40 miles) away.

Kamikaze pensioners: Elderly Japanese volunteer to tackle Fukushima

A group of more than 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station.


TEPCO admits nuclear meltdown occurred at Fukushima reactor 16 hours after quake

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) admitted for the first time on May 15 that most of the fuel in one of its nuclear reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had melted only about 16 hours after the March 11 earthquake struck a wide swath...

Japan wants utility to halt 3 nuclear reactors while seawall is built as tsunami protection

Japan urged a power company Friday to suspend all three reactors at a coastal nuclear plant while a seawall and other structures are built to ensure a major earthquake or tsunami does not cause a second radiation crisis.


Boot camp in Malaysia for effeminate boys slammed

An education department in one Malaysian state is sending effeminate boys to a boot camp to change their behavior, a move that's drawn fire from educators and activists.

Japan nuclear crisis 'over in nine months'

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has said it expects to bring the crisis under control by the end of the year.


Big aftershocks continue to jolt Japan

The Daily Telegraph 16.04.2011
Big aftershocks continue to jolt Japan

AN aftershock has hit Japan just hours after the country's nuclear safety agency ordered plant operators to beef up their earthquake-preparedness systems.

102-year-old man in Japan's nuclear fall-out zone kills himself rather than leave home

A 102-year-old Japanese man killed himself because he did not want to leave his home in the extended radiation zone. The centenarian lived in the village of Iitate, which until earlier this week was declared safe from radiation leaking from the cr...


Japan to raise Fukushima crisis level to worst

The Japanese government's nuclear safety agency has decided to raise the crisis level of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant accident from 5 to 7, the worst on the international scale.

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant

JAMES GLANZ and WILLIAM J. BROAD The New York Times 06.04.2011
U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant

United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as ...


Japan nuclear crisis: workers using newspaper and sawdust to block pipes

Japanese workers battling to stop a radioactive water leak into the Pacific from the beleaguered nuclear power plant have resorted to using newspaper and sawdust to try and block the pipes.

Japan Nuclear Plant Owner Confirms First Deaths as Workers Fail to Contain Leak

The owner of Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant confirmed the first deaths at the facility Sunday -- two workers who went missing after the March 11 tsunami, whose bodies were found earlier this week.


Japan plant radioactivity 10,000 times standard

Officials with the company that operates Japan's tsunami-stricken nuclear plant say radioactive contamination in groundwater underneath a reactor has been measured at 10,000 times the government health standard.

Tainted seafood fears spread as Japan plant leaks

Mari Yamaguchi and Shino Yuasa Yahoo! Finance 31.03.2011
Tainted seafood fears spread as Japan plant leaks

Fears about contaminated seafood spread Wednesday despite reassurances that radiation in the waters off Japan's troubled atomic plant pose no health risk, as the country's respected emperor consoled evacuees from the tsunami and nuclear emergency ...


Evacuees turned away from shelters...

Julian Ryall Telegraph 31.03.2011
Evacuees turned away from shelters...

Hundreds of people evacuated from towns and villages close to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are being turned away by medical institutions and emergency shelters as fears of radioactive contagion catch on.

Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor

Ian Sample The Guardian 30.03.2011
Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor

The radioactive core in a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and on to a concrete floor, experts say, raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site.


Radiation levels at Japan nuclear plant reach new highs

Chico Harlan and Brian Vastag The Washington Post 29.03.2011
Radiation levels at Japan nuclear plant reach new highs

As radiation levels at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant reached a new high Sunday, workers contended with dark, steamy conditions in their efforts to repair the facility’s cooling system and stave off a full-blown nuclear meltdown. Wearing resp...

Radiation in seawater may be spreading in Japan

SHINO YUASA Yahoo! News 28.03.2011
Radiation in seawater may be spreading in Japan

Highly radioactive iodine seeping from Japan's damaged nuclear complex may be making its way into seawater farther north of the plant than previously thought, officials said Monday, adding to radiation concerns as the crisis stretches into a third...



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