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Radioactive water leaked at second Japan plant

A Japanese nuclear plant leaked 1.8 tonnes of radioactive water from its cooling system, the government said, heightening safety worries as an atomic crisis continues at another plant. The leak, discovered Friday, caused no environmental impact as it was contained within an idled reactor at the Genkai nuclear plant in…

UN atomic watchdog raises alarm over Japan evacuations

SENDAI, Japan – The UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday radiation in a village outside the evacuation zone around a stricken Japanese nuclear plant was above safe levels, urging that Japan reassess the situation. In its first such call, the International Atomic Energy Agency added its voice to that of Greenpeace…

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…

US to offer potassium iodide to US govt workers in Japan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US State Department said Monday it is making potassium iodide (KI) available to US government workers and their dependents located in the vicinity of a troubled Japanese nuclear plant. “The US government is making available potassium iodide as a precautionary measure for United States government personnel…

US support for nuclear power drops: poll

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An increasing number of Americans have real concerns about the safety of atomic power after a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked fears of a catastrophic meltdown at a Japanese nuclear plant, a poll released Thursday showed. In a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted since the disaster, some 70…

US warns citizens near Japan nuclear plant to leave

TOKYO — The United States Thursday warned American citizens living within 50 miles (80 kilometres) of a crippled Japanese nuclear plant to evacuate or seek shelter, and barred US troops from the area. The evacuation order, issued in a statement by the US embassy in Tokyo, comes after US authorities…

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