Fukushima

  • Fukushima worker killed in accident, cleanup halted 28-03-2014 06:28 PM

    A worker at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch, prompting the operator to suspend cleanup work for safety checks. Tokyo Electric Power Co said it was the first time a laborer had died as a direct result of an...
  • Earthquake of magnitude 7.6 strikes off Japan 25-10-2013 11:34 PM

    An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck on Saturday morning (Tokyo Time) off Japan's east coast, the US Geological Survey said. Japan's emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site. Japan's Meteorological Agency raised a 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami warning for a long stretch...
  • UN panel says Japan nuclear workers may have got higher radiation: report 13-10-2013 02:09 AM

    Tokyo: Japanese authorities may have underestimated by 20 percent the radiation doses workers got in the initial phase of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, a Japanese newspaper reported on Saturday, citing a UN panel. A big earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 damaged the power station north of Tokyo,...
  • Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant operator says another tank leaked toxic water 03-10-2013 01:09 PM

    The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday another tank holding highly contaminated water overflowed, probably sending the liquid into the Pacific Ocean, in the second such breach in less than two months. Recent site mishaps have returned Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco, to the spotlight,...
  • Underwater fence at Fukushima found damaged 26-09-2013 06:34 PM

    Tokyo: The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said Thursday that an underwater curtain was found damaged below the stricken complex, according to local media. The curtain, called silt fence, was installed around an adjoining pair of water intakes of the plant's reactor...
  • Is India under US pressure on the nuke liability law? 19-09-2013 11:09 PM

    A controversy has erupted over the Indo-US nuclear deal ahead of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington next week. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Cabinet Committee on Security is all set to clear a deal between Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and American company Westinghouse, which...
  • Controversy erupts over Indo-US nuke deal ahead of PM's visit to Washington 19-09-2013 09:33 PM

    New Delhi: A controversy has erupted over the Indo-US nuclear deal ahead of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington next week. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Cabinet Committee on Security is all set to clear a deal between Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and American company...
  • Japan to go nuclear free, last standing atomic reactor to be switched off today 15-09-2013 10:25 AM

    Japan will once again be without atomic energy as its only operating nuclear reactor goes offline on Sunday for refueling and maintenance, and other plants remained closed for intensified safety checks following the 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-stricken plant in Fukushima. But despite signs the crisis in Fukushima is worsening,...
  • Japan to spend $500 million to contain leaks at Fukushima nuclear plant 03-09-2013 12:41 PM

    Japan pledged nearly $500 million to contain leaks and decontaminate radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, stepping up government efforts to cope with the legacy of the worst atomic disaster in a quarter of a century. The announcement comes just days before the International Olympic Committee decides whether...
  • Japan: More tank leaks found at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuke Plant, say officials 02-09-2013 04:35 PM

    Japan's top nuclear regulator has raised safety concerns about hastily built storage tanks and their foundations amid reports of new leaks of radiation-contaminated water. Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said on Monday that a small leak and signs of possible leaks have been spotted at several other Fukushima Dai-ichi...
  • Radiation readings spike at water tank at Japan's ruined nuclear plant 01-09-2013 01:20 PM

    Tokyo: Radiation near a tank holding highly contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has spiked 18-fold, the plant's operator said on Sunday, highlighting the struggle to bring the crisis under control after more than two years. Radiation of 1,800 millisieverts per hour - enough to kill an exposed...
  • Japanese agency labels radioactive leak 'serious' 28-08-2013 01:04 PM

    Tokyo: Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier. The Nuclear Regulation Authority's latest criticism...
  • Fukushima operator to seek foreign advice on toxic water 27-08-2013 03:27 AM

    Hirono: Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T), the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, said it would invite foreign decommissioning experts to advise it on how to deal with highly radioactive water leaking from the site, and Japan signalled it may dip into a $3.6 billion emergency reserve fund to...
  • Inspections of Fukushima plant done carelessly: Nuclear Regulation Authority 23-08-2013 03:29 PM

    The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant was careless in monitoring tanks storing dangerously radioactive water, the nuclear regulator said on Friday, the latest development in a crisis no one seems to know how to contain. Tokyo Electric Power Co. also failed to keep records of inspections of the...
  • New high-radiation spots found at quake-hit Fukushima plant 23-08-2013 01:27 AM

    The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday new spots of high radiation had been found near storage tanks holding highly contaminated water, raising fear of fresh leaks as the disaster goes from bad to worse. The announcement comes after Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) said this...
  • Japan to issue gravest Fukushima nuclear warning in two years 21-08-2013 11:07 AM

    Japan will dramatically raise its warning about the severity of a toxic water leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant, its nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, its most serious action since the plant was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The deepening crisis at the Fukushima plant will be...
  • Wrecked Fukushima plant springs highly radioactive water leak 21-08-2013 08:36 AM

    Contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from a storage tank at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the most serious setback to the clean up of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The storage tank breach of about 300 tonnes of water is separate from contaminated water...
  • After Fukushima disaster, the deadliest part of Japan's nuclear clean-up 14-08-2013 09:39 AM

    The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tonnes of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale. Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack...
  • Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, government joins clean-up 08-08-2013 07:04 AM

    Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up. The revelation amounted to an acknowledgement that plant operator Tokyo...
  • Japan: Highly radioactive water pouring out of Fukushima nuclear plant 07-08-2013 09:59 PM

    Tokyo: Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pouring out at a rate of 300 tonnes a day, officials said on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up. The revelation amounted to an acknowledgement that plant operator...
  • Japan: Radioactive groundwater at Fukushima nuclear plant above barrier 03-08-2013 05:29 PM

    Tokyo: Radioactive groundwater at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has risen to levels above a barrier being built to contain it, highlighting the risk of an increasing amount of contaminated water reaching the sea, Japanese media reported on Saturday. The Asahi newspaper, citing data from a Friday meeting of a...
  • Taiwan: Lawmakers exchange punches over nuclear plant bill 02-08-2013 05:32 PM

    Taipei: Taiwanese lawmakers have exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. The fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou's ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces...
  • 5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, no tsunami warning 18-05-2013 12:56 PM

    Tokyo: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 jolted northeastern Japan on Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warnings have been issued. The United States Geological Survey recorded the quake at 6.1, with a depth of 20.5 miles. The epicentre of the quake was off the coast...
  • SC to decide the fate of Kudankulam nuclear power plant today 06-05-2013 07:21 AM

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Kudankulam nuclear reactor, sources confirm that the reactor has been fully loaded and tests are presently underway. The reactor is expected to start functioning sometime in May, but full production of 1,000 megawatts will take between six to eight months...
  • SC to decide fate of Kudankulam n-project on Monday 05-05-2013 11:15 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday is expected to pronounce its verdict on a plea seeking halt to the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant till the implementation of key additional safety measures suggested after an n-accident in Japan. The petitioner, Chennai-based IT professional G Sunderrajan, wants the...
  • Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant finds second tank leak 07-04-2013 05:46 PM

    Tokyo: Radioactive water has apparently leaked from another underground storage tank at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Sunday. The utility, known as Tepco, said the volume of the latest leakage is believed to be small. On Saturday, it said as much as 120...
  • SC to examine safety steps for nuclear plants 22-11-2012 03:24 AM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will examine what steps the central government had taken for setting up an independent atomic energy regulatory body in pursuance to its being a signatory to the International Convention on Nuclear Safety. The apex court bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and...