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Japan reactor radiation spike report ‘mistaken’

OSAKA – Extremely high levels of radiation were detected in water leaking from reactor two of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, forcing the evacuation of workers, its operator said Sunday. A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said the level of radiation found in the leaked water in the turbine…

Battle to cool Japan plant as food jitters grow

KITAKAMI, Japan – Engineers racing to cool a stricken nuclear plant in Japan partially restored power to a control room on Tuesday, as radioactivity in more foodstuffs fuelled anxiety over product safety. An external electricity supply has now been linked up to all six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1…

Smoke drives crews out of Japan nuclear plant

KITAKAMI, Japan (AFP) – A new column of smoke rising from an overheating nuclear plant in Japan drove workers out of the smouldering site on Monday, denting hopes for a breakthrough in the post-quake atomic crisis. Heavy rain in the region disrupted rescue efforts and compounded the misery of tsunami…

Blasts, new fire escalate Japan’s nuclear crisis

SENDAI, Japan – Japanese crews battled Wednesday to avert a nuclear disaster and said they may pour water from helicopters to stop fuel rods from being exposed to the air and releasing even more radioactivity. Fire crews were fighting a new blaze at reactor number four at the quake-hit Fukushima…

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