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Japan says Fukushima plant to be scrapped

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Japan said on Thursday its stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will have to be scrapped, while pressure also grew for the evacuation zone around the crippled facility to be expanded. With no end in sight to the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years, the US…

UN atomic watchdog raises alarm over Japan evacuations

SENDAI, Japan – The UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday radiation in a village outside the evacuation zone around a stricken Japanese nuclear plant was above safe levels, urging that Japan reassess the situation. In its first such call, the International Atomic Energy Agency added its voice to that of Greenpeace…

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…

Billion-plus people to lack water in 2050: study

WASHINGTON – More than one billion urban residents will face serious water shortages by 2050 as climate change worsens effects of urbanization, with Indian cities among the worst hit, a study said Monday. The shortage threatens sanitation in some of the world’s fastest-growing cities but also poses risks for wildlife…

Plutonium detected in soil at Japanese nuclear plant

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Plutonium has been detected in soil at a stricken nuclear plant in Japan and highly contaminated water has leaked from a reactor building, the operator said Monday, fanning environmental fears. Radiation worries have disrupted efforts to restart the cooling system of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which…

Post-tsunami, Japan’s pets struggle to survive

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) – Hungry, hurt and separated from owners who are either dead or in evacuation centres, hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeast coast. Among the many rescue teams sent from around the world to search for survivors and bodies…

Highly radioactive water spreads at Japan plant

OSAKA, Japan (AFP) – Highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor turbine building at a stricken nuclear plant in Japan, the operator said Monday, adding to fears the liquid is seeping into the environment. The water, found in an underground tunnel linked to the number two reactor at the…

Fukushima crisis could stretch into ‘months, years’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan appeared resigned on Monday to a long fight to contain the world’s worst atomic crisis in 25 years after high radiation levels complicated work at its crippled nuclear plant. Engineers have been battling to control the six-reactor Fukushima complex since it was damaged by a March…

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…

Workers exposed to 10,000 times safe radiation: Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Friday that workers who suffered burns while trying to cool a crippled reactor were exposed to radiation levels 10,000 times higher than expected, adding evidence that the crucial containment vessel for nuclear fuel had been ruptured. That could mean a serious reversal after days…

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