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‘Occupy’ protests spread across Asia

HONG KONG — Protesters across the Asia-Pacific region Saturday joined worldwide demonstrations inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” and “Indignants” movements. Rallies are planned for Saturday in more than 950 cities across 82 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa in a show of power by a…

Robots to gauge radiation in Japan’s quake-hit plant

TOKYO (AFP) – The operator of Japan’s stricken nuclear plant said Sunday it will send two remote-controlled robots into a reactor building damaged by a hydrogen explosion to gauge radiation and temperature levels. Emergency workers battling to stabilise the plant after a massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems…

Japan attempts to absorb radioactivity in sea

The Japanese operator of a stricken nuclear plant said Saturday it has started dumping a mineral into the sea that absorbs radioactive substances, aiming to slow down contamination of the ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it had begun dropping zeolite near a water outlet from the FukushimaDaiichi plant –…

Japan expands nuclear evacuation zone as new quake hits

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan on Monday expanded the evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant because of high levels of accumulated radiation, as a strong aftershock rattled the area one month after a quake and tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. A magnitude 7.1 tremor shook buildings in Tokyo and…

Plutonium detected in soil at Japanese nuclear plant

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Plutonium has been detected in soil at a stricken nuclear plant in Japan and highly contaminated water has leaked from a reactor building, the operator said Monday, fanning environmental fears. Radiation worries have disrupted efforts to restart the cooling system of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which…

Fukushima crisis could stretch into ‘months, years’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan appeared resigned on Monday to a long fight to contain the world’s worst atomic crisis in 25 years after high radiation levels complicated work at its crippled nuclear plant. Engineers have been battling to control the six-reactor Fukushima complex since it was damaged by a March…

Two workers at Japan plant taken to hospital

OSAKA (AFP) – Three workers at Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant were exposed to high radiation as they sought to restore power to reactor three, with two hospitalised, the nuclear safety agency said Thursday. “Three workers who were working to lay cables in the basement of the turbine building were…

Battle to cool Japan plant as food jitters grow

KITAKAMI, Japan – Engineers racing to cool a stricken nuclear plant in Japan partially restored power to a control room on Tuesday, as radioactivity in more foodstuffs fuelled anxiety over product safety. An external electricity supply has now been linked up to all six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1…

Smoke drives crews out of Japan nuclear plant

KITAKAMI, Japan (AFP) – A new column of smoke rising from an overheating nuclear plant in Japan drove workers out of the smouldering site on Monday, denting hopes for a breakthrough in the post-quake atomic crisis. Heavy rain in the region disrupted rescue efforts and compounded the misery of tsunami…

Workers try to restore power at Japan nuclear plant

SENDAI, Japan – Japanese engineers were Thursday focusing their efforts on restoring the power supply to a quake-damaged nuclear plant in an attempt to reactivate its cooling system and avert a meltdown. Last Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out the power supply and back-up generators at the Fukushima No.…

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