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  • Jul 31, 2014
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Fukushima nuclear disaster

Fukushima nuclear disaster

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.

Japanese issued with anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, reflecting concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis.

Monday, 28 July, 2014, 11:20pm 1 comment

Mount Fuji at greater risk of eruption due to 2011 quake, scientists warn

Scientists from Japan and France have warned that the famous volcano Mount Fuji is "under great pressure" as a result of the March 2011 earthquake, and at higher risk of eruption.

18 Jul 2014 - 1:31am

Japan’s nuclear watchdog gives green light to restart two nuclear reactors

For the first time since bringing in tougher safety rules last year, Japan’s nuclear regulator has said  two atomic reactors  are safe enough to switch back on.

17 Jul 2014 - 4:29am 3 comments

Quake measuring 6.8 causes small tsunami on Japan's northeastern shores

Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant was an aftershock of the quake that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami.

13 Jul 2014 - 9:38am 1 comment

Japanese farmers seek aid for cattle in Fukushima radiation zone

Tokyo police wrestled with a black bull affected by white spots from the area around the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant on Friday as two cattle farmers launched a protest demanding help.

The two have remained at the farms caring for their cows and those abandoned by others despite the risks involved.

20 Jun 2014 - 4:12pm

Japan's nuclear safety regulator accused of ignoring risk from volcanoes

In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged US$15 billion to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.

5 Jun 2014 - 3:58am 3 comments

Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power despite public concerns

Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved an energy policy reversing the previous government’s plans to gradually mothball nuclear power plants, a move likely to be unpopular with a wary public following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

11 Apr 2014 - 1:26pm

Stories from Fukushima: Three years on

Suffering and displacement endures in Japan after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 wreaked havoc.

28 Jul 2014 - 2:48pm

Japanese director breaks industry taboo with crowd-funded nuclear drama

Japanese film director Takafumi Ota had a problem. He needed studio financing for a film that was harshly critical of the nuclear industry in the aftermath of Fukushima. Large sections of Japan’s movie industry wanted nothing to do with it.

3 Jan 2014 - 6:14pm

Nuclear experts blast Fukushima operator Tepco over leaks

Foreign nuclear experts on Friday blasted the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, with one saying its lack of transparency over radioactive water leaks showed “you don’t know what you’re doing”.

26 Jul 2013 - 7:55pm