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Japan unveils $500 million ice wall plan for Fukushima water leaks

Tokyo on Tuesday unveiled a half-billion dollar plan to stem radioactive water leaks at Fukushima, creating a wall of ice underneath the stricken plant, as the government elbowed the operator aside. Acknowledging global concerns over a so-far “haphazard” management of the crisis by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), Prime Minister Shinzo…

More radiation ‘hotspots’ found near Fukushima nuclear plant

The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant said Saturday it had found new radiation hotspots near tanks storing toxic water, with one reading peaking at 1,800 millisieverts per hour — a potentially lethal dose. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) detected high radiation readings at four sites around the…

Nuclear regulators declare Fukushima leak a level-three ‘serious incident’

Nuclear watchdog inspectors who toured Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant following the discovery of a huge radioactive leak declared Friday that water storage at the site was “sloppy”. Earlier this week around 300 tonnes of radioactive liquid is believed to have escaped from one of the hundreds of tanks holding liquid…

Radiation ‘hotspots’ found in Fukushima tanks

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday it had found new radiation hotspots near tanks storing radioactive water, but no new leaks. Around 300 tonnes of toxic liquid is believed to have escaped from one of the tanks that hold polluted water, some of which was used…

Japan upgrades Fukushima radioactive water leak to highest level in two years

Japan declared a radioactive water leak at the crippled Fukushima plant a level-three “serious incident” Wednesday, its highest warning in two years, as operators scrambled to seal a tank that has seeped 300 tonnes of toxic water. The leak is the worst since the nuclear crisis began in March 2011,…

300 tonnes of radioactive water is worst leak yet at Japan’s Fukushima

Some 300 tonnes of radioactive water is believed to have leaked from a tank at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant, the worst such leak since the crisis began, the operator said Tuesday. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said the leak was believed to be continuing Tuesday at Fukushima and it had…

More radioactive leaks reported at Japan’s Fukushima plant

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday admitted it had found another leak of radioactive water, the latest episode in a growing catalogue of mishaps. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said one of its workers spotted drips coming from a tank used to store radioactive water at…

TEPCO admits radioactive water recently ‘leaked’ into the Pacific from Fukushima

About 12 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with the facility’s operator saying Thursday that some may have flowed into the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the leak was found early Thursday from a pipe attached to a temporary decontamination…

TEPCO asks for $12 bn capital injection

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant on Thursday asked the Japanese government for a capital injection of $12 billion in a bid to avoid insolvency. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) officially requested one trillion yen, because it is in a “very serious financial condition,” President Toshio Nishizawa told a news conference. The firm separately asked a state-backed entity…

New Fukushima scare blamed on faulty thermometer

TOKYO (Reuters) – A scare over temperatures rising near danger level in a reactor at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where workers are battling to prevent a resurgence of the radiation crisis, could be a false alarm, the plant operator said on Monday. Instruments showed the temperature inside the plant’s No.2…

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