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Fukushima worker dies after being buried in rubble, says nuclear plant operator

A worker at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan died in hospital Friday after being buried in earth and rubble while digging a hole at the site, the facility’s operator said. When the accident occurred on Friday afternoon, the man was checking the foundation of a building, digging around…

Tepco waited five months before releasing Fukushima data about radioactive strontium-90

By Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant knew about record high measurements of a dangerous isotope in groundwater at the plant for five months before telling the country’s nuclear watchdog, a regulatory official told Reuters. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said late on…

Groundwater radiation spikes at crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant

Groundwater radiation levels at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have soared near a tank that leaked 300 tonnes of toxic water in August, struggling operator Tokyo Electric Power said. TEPCO said water samples collected from a well on Thursday contained 400,000 becquerels per litre of beta-ray emitting substances, the highest…

Four tons of radioactive water spilled in accident at Fukushima nuclear plant

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday workers had spilled four tonnes of radioactive water, likely contaminating the soil and possibly groundwater. Workers were pumping rain water that was trapped in a concrete gutter into an empty 12-tonne tank that sat on open soil, said a spokesman…

Anti-radiation fence at Fukushima nuclear plant has hole: TEPCO

Workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Thursday spotted a hole in one of the barriers intended to keep radioactive particles contained in the harbour, the operator said. Tokyo Electric Power set up silt fences in the harbour next to the plant, including one covering each outlet at reactor units…

300,000 central Japan households told to evacuate as Typhoon Man-yi hits

Typhoon Man-yi hit central Japan Monday, with almost 300,000 households told to evacuate and fears the storm could go on to hit the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday), packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100…

High radiation detected at Fukushima monitoring well: reports

The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant on Monday said that groundwater from an observation well near the site of a leaky storage tank showed high levels of radiation, according to reports. The finding means that it “now seems more likely” that radioactive water from leaking tanks had mixed…

Fukushima nuclear evacuation zone photos available online

New explorable images from the Japanese coast devastated by an enormous tsunami have been posted online, allowing web users to see how the disaster changed the area. The images, on Google’s Street View, include pictures of towns and villages near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant where radiation levels are still…

Rat linked to outage at Fukushima atomic plant

A rat may have caused a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said Thursday, an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix. Equipment keeping spent nuclear fuel at a safe temperature in four different pools was out for up…

TEPCO asks for $12 bn capital injection

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant on Thursday asked the Japanese government for a capital injection of $12 billion in a bid to avoid insolvency. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) officially requested one trillion yen, because it is in a “very serious financial condition,” President Toshio Nishizawa told a news conference. The firm separately asked a state-backed entity…

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