NUCLEAR RADIATION

  • Japan nuke plant radiation leak exceeds Hiroshima August 26, 2011

    Tokyo: The amount of radioactive cesium that has leaked from a tsunamihit nuclear plant is about equal to 168 of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, Japan's nuclear agency said on Friday. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency supplied the estimate at a parliamentary...
  • Japan govt proposes tax hikes for reconstruction June 25, 2011

    Tokyo: Japan should raise taxes to fund rebuilding after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government's advisory panel said on Saturday, but it is unclear how binding its recommendations will be given the political impasse over the fate of Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The panel's proposal provides the basis for...
  • Workers enter Japan Nplant for the first time May 5, 2011

    Tokyo: Japan's nuclear safety agency says workers have entered the reactor building of Unit 1 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for the first time since right after the March 11 earthquake. The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said workers were installing six ventilation machines Thursday in an...
  • Japan voters may further weaken PM over Ncrisis April 10, 2011

    Tokyo: Japanese voting in local elections on Sunday are expected to vent their anger over Prime Minister Naoto Kan's handling of the ongoing nuclear crisis, further weakening him and bolstering opponents to seek his resignation once the crisis ends. The unpopular Kan was already under pressure to step down before the...
  • Japan: new quake causes toxic water spills April 8, 2011

    Tokyo/Fukushima: Adding to Japan's misery, the strongest aftershock since the devastating March 11 quake and tsunami killed at least four people, knocked out power to millions of houses and sparked fresh concerns about the radiation leaking Fukushima nuclear plant where the crisis is far from over. The latest tremor, whose magnitude...
  • Japan plugs nuclear plant leak; crisis not over April 6, 2011

    Tokyo: Japan stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea on Wednesday from a crippled nuclear plant and acknowledged it could have given more information to neighboring countries about contamination in the ocean. Despite the breakthrough in plugging the leak at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, engineers need to pump 11.5...
  • Japan: Radioactive leak minimised from Nplant April 6, 2011

    Almost after a month, the situation finally looks under control at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. ...
  • Japan seeks Russian help to end nuclear crisis April 5, 2011

    Tokyo: Japan has asked Russia to send a floating radiation treatment plant, used to decommission nuclear submarines, which will solidify contaminated liquid waste from the country's crippled nuclear power plant, Russian media reported. Engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been forced to release radioactive water into the sea until...
  • Japan PM vows to win battle against Ncrisis April 1, 2011

    Tokyo/Fukushima: As Japan's heroic workers stepped up their critical task of averting a meltdown at the quakehit Fukushima nuclear facility, Premier Naoto Kan on Friday vowed to win the "long battle" to tackle the crisis at the plant, where high radiation was detected for the first time in the ground...
  • Japan: high radiation detected at nuclear plant March 27, 2011

    Fukushima: Japanese authorities on Sunday detected radioactivity 10 million times higher than normal in water in one of the six reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant forcing evacuation of workers, as the government warned that the crisis was far from over. The plant's operator, Tokyo...
  • High radioactivity in seawater off Japan Nplant March 27, 2011

    Tokyo: Radioactive iodine in seawater off Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant rose to 1,850 times the usual level from 1,250 times measured on Saturday, Japan's nuclear safety agency said on Sunday. Separately, senior agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama said leakage from reactor vessels was likely to have been the cause...
  • Tiny amounts of radiation from Japan reach US March 27, 2011

    Reno: Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plant have reached Las Vegas, but scientists say it poses no health risk. Extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine131 and zenon133 reached a monitoring station by the city's Atomic Testing Museum this week, said Ted Hartwell, manager of the Desert...
  • Radiation in Japan seawater 1250 times higher March 26, 2011

    Tokyo: Tests showed that levels of radioactive iodine in seawater just offshore of the embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are more than 1,250 times higher than normal, Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency said on Saturday. Similarly high levels of radiation had been detected in the same locales in recent days,...
  • Japan: radiation levels at Nplant raise worry March 26, 2011

    Tokyo: Highly radioactive water has been found at a second reactor at a crippled nuclear power station in Japan, the plant's operator said, as fears of contamination escalated two weeks after a huge earthquake and tsunami battered the complex. Underscoring growing international concern about nuclear power raised by the accident in...
  • Japan nuke plant reactor core may be breached March 25, 2011

    Tokyo: Japanese nuclear safety officials say they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have breached. That raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination to the environment. Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the nuclear safety agency, said Friday that "something...
  • Children provide hope in quakehit Japan March 25, 2011

    Meanwhile, rescue operations are still on, the government says nearly 10,000 are dead and over 16,000 missing. ...
  • Singapore bans imports of food from Japan March 24, 2011

    Singapore: Singapore has suspended the import of milk, meat and produce from areas near Japan's crippled nuclear power plant due to radiation contamination, a government agency said on Thursday. The AgriFood & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on its website the ban comes after Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and...
  • Elderly worst hit in earthquakestricken Japan March 23, 2011

    The Japan tragedy has left the elderly most affected. They are more prone to diseases and rebuilding their houses is difficult as well. ...
  • US halts imports from Japan nuclear zone March 23, 2011

    Tokyo: The United States became the first nation to block produce from ally Japan's radiation zone, saying it will halt milk, vegetable and fruit imports from areas near the tsunamismashed nuclear plant because of contamination fears. The Food and Drug Administration's decision to stop imports from four Japanese prefectures in the...
  • Japan: TEPCO worried over high radiation levels March 22, 2011

    New York: The reconnection of power at the earthquakedamaged reactors in Japan is a big step in managing the nuclear crisis, experts said on Monday, but concerns about radiation in the air, seawater and food showed the dangers are far from over. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on Monday...
  • Japan: radiation level in milk, spinach high March 19, 2011

    Tokyo: Spinach and milk taken from farms near Japan's crippled nuclear plant exceeded governmentset safety limits for radiation, the government said on Saturday, in the first report of food contamination from the accident. The tainted milk was found 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the plant while the spinach came from a...
  • US asks its citizens to defer any travel to Japan March 19, 2011

    Washington: As the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant worsens, the United States has asked its citizens to defer their travel plans to Japan and for those living inside the quakestricken country to evacuate from within 80 kilometers of the damaged atomic plants. "The State Department strongly urges US citizens to defer...
  • No nuclear health threat at US West Coast March 19, 2011

    SAN FRANCISCO: Federal and state officials sought on Friday to dispel fears of a wider danger from radioactivity spewing from Japan's crippled nuclear reactors, saying testing indicated there were no health threats along the West Coast of the US. Driven by winds over the Pacific Ocean, a radioactive plume released from...
  • Nuclear radiation detected at US West Coast March 19, 2011

    Washington: A "minuscule" amount of radiation, probably emanated from damaged nuclear plants in Japan, has been detected in California, US agencies said. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, in a joint statement, said the minuscule radiation detected by one of its monitoring stations in Sacramento (California) was of...
  • Indians stuck in Japan's radiation zone: Envoy March 17, 2011

    Tokyo: Indian Ambassador to Japan, Alok Prasad, has told CNNIBN that an Indian family is stuck at the exposure zone in Japan but will be taken out soon. While no advisory has been issued, the Embassy will facilitate the return of Indians. "We are getting to know that there is one...
  • Health risks of exposure to nuclear radiation March 17, 2011

    New Delhi: A daughter separated from her family. After being exposed to radiation. Such heartbreaking images could become common very soon. This is not an atomic explosion. Just hydrogen, steam and flying concrete. But this plume did have radioactive particles in it. SP Lochab, Nuclear Scientist, Inter University Accelerator Centre said, "Cesium...
  • Japan: All Fukushima workers told to leave March 16, 2011

    Around 150 people lined up for food and water in Navy facility, one of the dozens of shelters provided. ...
  • India to test Japan food imports for radiation March 16, 2011

    New Delhi: India has ordered imported Japanese food products to be tested for radioactivity, food safety authorities said on Tuesday. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India said in an letter to its units at ports the order applied to products shipped out of Japan after March 11. Several other Asian...
  • 15 hospitalised with radiation poisoning in Japan March 13, 2011

    Moscow: At least 15 people have been admitted to hospital with symptoms of radiation poisoning after a devastating earthquake damaged Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, Kyodo news agency said on Sunday. A blast ripped through Number One reactor of the plant Saturday, destroying the building, but leaving the nuclear reactor itself...
  • How Japan deals with earthquakes, tsunamis March 12, 2011

    New Delhi: A ferocious tsunami was unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake on Friday. As the tsunami slammed into Japan's eastern coast, it killed hundreds of people. There is a fear of a possible meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant about 200 kms from Tokyo and the need to contain...