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Mar 16, 2011

Japan scrambles to avert nuclear disaster, global fears mount

TOKYO, March 17 (Reuters) – Operators of a quake-crippled
nuclear plant in Japan said they would try again on Thursday to
use military helicopters to douse overheating reactors, as U.S.
officials warned of a rising risk of a catastrophic radiation
leak from spent fuel rods.

Officials scrambled to contain the nuclear crisis with a
variety of patchwork fixes. The top U.S. nuclear regulator
warned that one reactor’s cooling pool for spent fuel rods may
have run dry and another was leaking.

Mar 16, 2011

Japan scrambles to save nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear crisis appeared to be spinning out of control on Wednesday after workers withdrew briefly from a stricken power plant because of surging radiation levels and a helicopter failed to drop water on the most troubled reactor.

In a sign of desperation, police will try to cool spent nuclear fuel at one of the facility’s reactors with water cannon, normally used to quell riots.

Mar 16, 2011

Japan scrambles to pull nuclear plant back from brink of disaster

TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear crisis appeared
to be spinning out of control on Wednesday after workers
withdrew briefly from a stricken power plant because of surging
radiation levels and a helicopter failed to drop water on the
most troubled reactor.

In a sign of desperation, police will try to cool spent
nuclear fuel at one of the facility’s reactors with water
cannon, normally used to quell riots.

Mar 16, 2011

Workers briefly abandon Japan plant after radiation surge

TOKYO (Reuters) – Workers were ordered to withdraw briefly from a stricken Japanese nuclear power plant on Wednesday after radiation levels surged, Kyodo news reported, a development that suggested the crisis was spiralling out of control.

Just hours earlier another fire broke out at the earthquake-crippled plant, which has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo in the past 24 hours, triggering both fear in the capital and international alarm.

Mar 16, 2011

Fire at Japan nuclear reactor heightens radiation

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan raced to avert a catastrophe after fire broke out on Wednesday at a nuclear plant that has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and triggering growing international alarm.

Public broadcaster NHK said flames were no longer visible at the building housing the No.4 reactor of the plant in Fukushima, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, hours after the operator reported fire had broken out at the quake-crippled facility.

Mar 15, 2011

Fire at Japan nuclear reactor heightens radiation threat

TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) – Japan raced to avert a
catastrophe after fire broke out on Wednesday at a nuclear plant
that has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo,
prompting some people to flee the capital and triggering growing
international alarm at the escalating crisis.

The operator of the quake-crippled plant said workers were
trying to put out the blaze at the building housing the No.4
reactor of the nuclear facility in Fukushima, 240 km (150 miles)
north of Tokyo.

Mar 15, 2011

Japan braces for potential radiation catastrophe

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan faced potential catastrophe on Tuesday after a quake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged people within 30 km (18 miles) of the facility north of Tokyo — a population of 140,000 — to remain indoors amid the world’s most serious nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.

Mar 14, 2011

International rescue effort gathers pace in quake-hit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Rescue workers from more than a dozen countries searched ravaged northeastern coastal cities on Monday for survivors of a massive earthquake and tsunami, as an international effort to help Japan cope with its multiple disasters gathered pace.

Some 70 countries have offered assistance in an outpouring of solidarity with Japan, with help coming not only from allies like the United States but also countries with more strained relations like China, and even from the Afghan city of Kandahar.

Mar 14, 2011

International rescue effort gathers pace in quake-hit Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Rescue workers from more than a dozen countries searched ravaged northeastern coastal cities on Monday for survivors of a massive earthquake and tsunami, as an international effort to help Japan cope with its multiple disasters gathered pace.

Some 70 countries have offered assistance in an outpouring of solidarity with Japan, with help coming not only from allies like the United States but also countries with more strained relations like China, and even from the Afghan city of Kandahar.

Mar 13, 2011

Can Japan find ‘New Deal’ after triple whammy?

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima is built on the shoreline in northeast Japan. So when an 8.9 magnitude earth quake struck on Friday, the tsunami waves it spawned — as tall as a house and speeding like a jet plane — washed right over the reactors and put them at risk of a meltdown.

Engineers were dousing the plants with seawater in a desperate effort to prevent a calamity on Sunday, even as the government evacuated 140,000 from the area after radioactive steam was released from the stricken plant.

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