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UK | Fukushima – disaster or distraction?

March 18, 2011

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UK | BBC | 18 March 2011 These are categories on the International Nuclear and Radiological Events Scale (INES), which runs from zero (nothing happened, essentially) to seven, a “major accident”. So far, Chernobyl is the only seven-rated incident in nuclear history. Level five is defined as an “accident with wider consequences”. So what is the […]

USA | Radiation Contamination Risk Growing as Japan Nuclear Crisis Deepens: Q&A

March 16, 2011

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USA | BLOOMBERG | Mar 16, 2011 10:39 AM GMT The stricken nuclear reactors in Fukushima Dai-Ichi have so far released only small amounts of radioactive material unharmful to the general population outside the 20-kilometer evacuation zone. That could change in the unlikely event — a worst-case scenario — that engineers are no longer able to […]

UK | TIMELINE-Japan’s unfolding nuclear crisis

March 16, 2011

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UK | REUTERS | Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:52pm GMT March 16 (Reuters)- Japan is under global scrutiny over the handling of its nuclear crisis after a huge earthquake crippled several reactors at a nuclear power complex, raising fears of an uncontrolled radiation leak. Below is a timeline of statements made by Japanese authorities and the […]

AFRICA | Japan safety agency: roof cracked at Fukushima No 4 reactor

March 16, 2011

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AFRICA | REUTERS | 16 March 2011 TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) – Two workers are missing after Tuesday’s explosion at one of the reactors at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant, the country’s nuclear saftey agency said. The agency did not identify the missing workers, but said they were in the turbine area of the No.4 reactor […]

USA | Fukushima heroes: Not afraid to die

March 15, 2011

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USA | CBS NEWS | March 15, 2011 6:56 PM Since the disaster struck in Japan, about 800 workers have been evacuated from the damaged nuclear complex in Fukushima. The radiation danger is that great.   However, CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod reports that a handful have stayed on the job, risking their lives, to try […]

USA | GE Trio Quit in 1970s Over Japan Reactor Design, ABC Says

March 15, 2011

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  USA | BLOOMBERG | Mar 15, 2011 10:46 PM GMT General Electric Co. (GE)’s design for a nuclear reactor at a damaged Japanese power plant spurred the 1970s resignation of three employees over concern that its core might not withstand the loss of cooling systems in a severe accident, ABC News reported. Japan is struggling […]

UK | UN atom chief sees possible Japan plant core damage

March 15, 2011

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UK | REUTERS | 15 March 2011 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Tuesday there might be limited core damage at the No. 2 unit of the earthquake-stricken Fukushima power plant. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told a news conference that there was a “possibility of core […]