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5.1 magnitude earthquake reported near Japan’s Fukushima

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima prefecture early on Saturday morning, the United States Geological Survey said. The moderate quake hit 34 kilometres (21 miles) east of coastal Namie city in Fukushima prefecture, where a devastating quake-tsunami in March 2011 sparked a nuclear disaster and…

Japan setting aside $970 million to store tons of soil contaminated by radiation

Japan is planning to earmark $970 million for a storage facility for tens of thousands of tons of soil contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima disaster, a report said Wednesday. The government will set aside the cash to buy some 1.2 to 2 square miles of land somewhere near the…

Tsunami debris found 3,000 km from Japan coast

A Russian ship has found debris from the Japanese tsunami, including a fishing boat, floating adrift in the Pacific thousands of kilometres from the disaster zone, a Hawaiian research group said. The Russian training ship STS Pallada found the debris in late September after passing the central Pacific island of…

Nuclear experts to help Fukushima decontamination

The UN atomic agency IAEA said Tuesday it was sending 12international experts to Japan on October 7-15 to assist the country with clean-up efforts after the nuclear accident of Fukushima in March. The experts “will go to several locations in the Fukushima Prefecture and conduct meetings in Tokyo with Japanese officials to provide assistance to Japan in its plans…

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