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Kazakhstan reels from impact of nuclear tests, 20 years on

The 79-year-old Yevdokia Matushkina struggles to remember. Her memories often fail her. Except one. Sitting in her tiny room at a home for the elderly in the eastern Kazakh city of Semey, Matushkina remembers the days when the loud blasts of nuclear tests several hundred kilometres away frightened everyone. A…

Primordial fear: why radiation is so scary

PARIS (AFP) – Nuclear radiation is frightening stuff. A quarter century after Chernobyl, and more than 65 years after atomic bombs laid waste to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, fatally sickening thousands not killed outright, even unfounded fear of radioactive contamination can spark panic. The explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant following…

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…

Japan lays power cable in bid to restart pumps

Kiyoshi Takenaka and Yoko Nishikawa TOKYO (Reuters) – Exhausted engineers attached a power cable to the outside of Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear station on Saturday in a race to prevent deadly radiation from an accident now rated at least as bad as America’s Three Mile Island in 1979. Further cabling inside…

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