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Japan on ‘maximum alert’ over nuclear plant

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Japan said Tuesday the government is on “maximum alert” over a crippled nuclear plant where highly radioactive water has halted repair work and plutonium has been found in the soil. The earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan’s northeast coast and left over 28,000 dead or missing…

Tokyo water unsafe for babies, farm food blocked

TOKYO (AFP) – Tokyo on Wednesday warned that radioactive iodine over twice the safe level for infants had been detected in its tap water due to the disaster at a quake-hit nuclear plant northeast of Japan’s capital. The news compounded fears over the impact of the crippled Fukushima power station…

Obama defends US evacuation order in Japan

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to stand by Japan as it recovers and rebuilds, but defended a decision to go beyond Tokyo’s advice for evacuating Americans near damaged nuclear plants. Obama offered heartfelt sympathy to Japan’s people faced with triple challenges after a mammoth earthquake and tsunami…

U.S. shows growing alarm over Japan nuclear crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States showed increasing alarm about Japan’s nuclear crisis on Wednesday and urged its citizens to stay clear of an earthquake-crippled power plant, going further in its warnings than Japan itself. The State Department said the United States has chartered aircraft to help Americans leave Japan…

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