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Japan city to give radiation counters to children

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s Fukushima city said on Tuesday it would hand radiation dosimeters to 34,000 children to gauge their exposure from the crippled nuclear power plant about 60 kilometres (40 miles) away. The city will hand the measuring devices to all children aged between four and 15 for three…

Fukushima nuclear plant to get 370 tanks for radioactive water

TOKYO — Hundreds of water tanks are to be sent to Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to hold thousands of tons of water contaminated in the effort to keep its reactors cool, the operator said Sunday. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has sourced 370 tanks with a total capacity for…

Fukushima Reactor No. 1 more radioactive than ever

At the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, a robot sent into the building housing Reactor No. 1 on Saturday detected the highest levels of radiation measured since the crisis began on March 11. According to the Japan Times, The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that radiation levels in the…

Fukushima plant not ready for approaching typhoon

Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) are apologizing in advance for the fact that the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant is not ready for the high winds and heavy rain of Typhoon Songda, a massive storm that could make landfall in Japan as early as Monday. The BBC quotes…

Japan’s TEPCO admits further nuclear reactor meltdowns

TOKYO (AFP) – The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant on Tuesday said it believed fuel had partially melted inside three reactors, as long suspected by experts. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said new readings on water gauges indicated that the fuel had dropped to the bottom of…

Swiss government may move to eliminate nuclear power

Swiss energy minister Doris Leuthard is reported to be on the verge of introducing a motion to Switzerland’s Parliament to halt development of new nuclear facilities and ban all such facilities in the future. The Swiss government is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday regarding its plans for the…

Three dead in Chinese iPad factory explosion

BEIJING — The death toll from a blast at a Foxconn factory in China, reportedly in a building where Apple’s iPad 2 was being made, rose to three Sunday after a seriously injured worker died, state media said. Two workers were initially killed and 16 injured in the explosion on…

Japan widens evacuations outside plant zone

TOKYO — Japan on Sunday started the first evacuations of homes outside a government exclusion zone after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled one of the country’s nuclear power plants. Some 4,000 residents of Iidate-mura village as well as 1,100 people in Kawamata-cho town, in the quake-hit northeast, began…

Japan shuts down nuke plant near quake zone

TOKYO — Japan shut down the final working reactor at a nuclear plant near a tectonic faultline Saturday as Prime Minister Naoto Kan pledged a new law to help compensate victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Workers suspended the Hamaoka powerstation’s number-five reactor at 1:00 pm (0400 GMT) in a…

Japanese nuclear firm asks for gov’t bailout to pay disaster victims

TOKYO (AFP) – The president of TEPCO on Tuesday submitted a request for Japanese government aid in compensating those affected by its stricken nuclear power plant, as the utility said it faced funding problems. Presenting the request to trade and industry minister Banri Kaieda, Masataka Shimizu told reporters that TEPCO…

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