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Fukushima radioactive plume to hit the U.S. by early 2014

The first radioactive ocean plume released by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster will finally be reaching the shores of the United States sometime in 2014, according to a new study from the University of New South Wales — a full three or so…  …

Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ‘emergency’

By Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday. This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground…

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…

Nuclear safety chief quizzed over Fukushima

Japanese police have questioned a former head of the nuclear safety body regarding possible criminal charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, news reports said Sunday. Prosecutors have interviewed Haruki Madarame, former chief of the Nuclear Safety Commission who was responsible for giving the government technical advice about the crisis, national…

Japanese police arrest mobster over Fukushima clean-up

Japanese police have arrested a high-ranking yakuza over claims he sent workers to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant for the clean-up without a licence. Officers in northern Yamagata prefecture were quizzing Yoshinori Arai, a 40-year-old senior member of a local yakuza group affiliated to the Sumiyoshi-kai crime syndicate, a police…

Japanese cabinet was warned of Fukishima meltown

Top Japanese cabinet ministers were warned of possible nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima hours after the tsunami hit last March, government papers have revealed, despite repeatedly denying the risk in public. A summary of a government meeting held about four hours after a giant earthquake sent huge waves crashing into the…

Fukushima reactor may be overheating again

Temperature readings at one of the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors have risen above Japan’s stringent new safety standard but there was no immediate danger, its operator said Sunday. Tokyo Electric Power said one of three thermometers on the number-two reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant indicated gradual heating this…

Japan studies flora and fauna near Fukushima plant

Japanese scientists are studying how radiation has affected plants and animals living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, according to an official. Researchers are examining field mice, red pine trees, a certain type of shellfish and other wild flora and fauna in and around the 20 kilometre (12 mile) no-go zone surrounding the…

Japan mulls $13 billion Fukushima bailout -source

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government may inject about $13 billion into Tokyo Electric Power Co as early as next summer in a de facto nationalization of the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, sources said on Thursday. Tepco’s future as an independent firm has been in doubt…

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