Fukushima nuclear accident
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 which claimed nearly 19,000 lives. It is the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986 and only the second disaster to measure Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Briefs, November 12, 2012
Keeping lone nuclear plant open 'very silly'
TOKYO - Japan's only working nuclear power plant sits on what may be a seismic fault in the earth's crust, a geologist has warned, saying it is "very silly" to allow it to continue operating. Mitsuhisa Watanabe says the earth's plates could move under the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan, causing a catastrophe to rival last year's disaster at Fukushima. Watanabe is part of a team tasked by the Nuclear Regulation Authority with looking into the tectonic situation under the plant. Under government guidelines, atomic installations cannot be sited on a fault if it is classed as active - known to have moved within the past 130,000 years. AFP
Opposition demands probe of jail shootout
COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's opposition has demanded a thorough investigation into a prison shootout that killed 27 inmates. Tissa Attanayake, a leader of United National Party, said clashes inside prisons had become frequent in Sri Lanka and their causes must be examined. Twenty-seven prisoners were killed after Friday's clash when police commandos tried to search the Welikada jail in Colombo for drugs. The clash wounded at least 42 others, including police commandos and soldiers brought in to quell the unrest. AP
Rohingya refugees held in Bangladeshh
DHAKA - Police in southeastern Bangladesh have detained five Rohingya Muslims who fled deadly communal clashes in neighbouring Myanmar. Police in the district of Chittagong said the men, aged between 25 and 45, were charged with illegal entry, adding to the 29 detained in the past month. Hundreds of Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a recent outbreaks of violence in June and October. AFP
Terror trio arrested in Philippines
ZAMBOANGA - Police in the southern Philippines have arrested three members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group and thwarted a bomb attack. Intelligence operatives intercepted the men on the island of Basilan. Police said they seized two motorcycles, one of which was rigged with explosives, as well as handguns. They allegedly planned to set off the bomb in an urban area. AFP