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Quake rocks Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant

TOKYO — A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook an area of northeast Japan which includes the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant Thursday but there were no reports of damage to the facility, officials said. The moderate quake struck offshore near the coast of Fukushima at 7:05 pm (1005 GMT) with a “very…

GE defends nuclear plant design

WASHINGTON — General Electric defended its 40 year old Mark 1 reactors at the center of Japan’s nuclear crisis Friday, saying that early questions about reactor’s safety had long been addressed. GE rejected recent reports of possible design weaknesses in the Mark 1, which accounts for five of the six…

Workers try to restore power at Japan nuclear plant

SENDAI, Japan – Japanese engineers were Thursday focusing their efforts on restoring the power supply to a quake-damaged nuclear plant in an attempt to reactivate its cooling system and avert a meltdown. Last Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out the power supply and back-up generators at the Fukushima No.…

Japan’s nuclear crisis deepens, emperor addresses nation

SENDAI, Japan — Japan’s Emperor Akihito delivered a rare address to a jittery nation in dread of nuclear catastrophe Wednesday as millions struggled in desperate conditions after quake and tsunami disasters. The television appearance by the emperor emphasised the severity of the crisis gripping Japan in the wake of the…

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