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Apr 7, 2011

Japan focuses on hydrogen buildup after nuclear leak

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan pumped nitrogen gas into a crippled nuclear reactor on Thursday, trying to prevent an explosive buildup of hydrogen gas as the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years stirred atomic safety debate and inspections in the United States.

Engineers worked through the night injecting nitrogen into the containment vessel of reactor No.1 at Fukushima Daiichi power plant, following success in stopping highly radioactive water leaking into the sea at another reactor in the complex.

Apr 7, 2011

Japan focuses on hydrogen buildup after nuclear leak stopped

TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters) – Japan pumped nitrogen gas into a
crippled nuclear reactor on Thursday, trying to prevent an
explosive buildup of hydrogen gas as the world’s worst nuclear
disaster in 25 years stirred atomic safety debate and
inspections in the United States.

Engineers worked through the night injecting nitrogen into
the containment vessel of reactor No.1 at Fukushima Daiichi
power plant, following success in stopping highly radioactive
water leaking into the sea at another reactor in the complex.

Apr 6, 2011

Japan stops nuclear plant leak; crisis far from over

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea on Wednesday from a crippled nuclear plant while acknowledging it could have given more information to neighboring countries about contamination to the ocean.

Despite the breakthrough in plugging the leak at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, engineers need to pump 11.5 million liters (11,500 tons) of contaminated seawater back into the ocean because they have run out of storage space at the facility. The seawater was used to cool over-heated fuel rods.

Apr 6, 2011

Japan stops nuclear plant leak, still pumps

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea on Wednesday from a crippled nuclear plant while acknowledging it could have given more information to neighboring countries about contamination to the ocean.

Despite the breakthrough in plugging the leak at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, engineers need to pump 11.5 million liters (11,500 tons) of contaminated seawater back into the ocean because they have run out of storage space at the facility. The seawater was used to cool over-heated fuel rods.

Apr 6, 2011

Japan stops nuclear plant leak, still pumps radioactive water into sea

TOKYO, April 6 (Reuters) – Japan stopped highly radioactive
water leaking into the sea on Wednesday from a crippled nuclear
plant while acknowledging
it could have given more information to neighbouring countries
about contamination to the ocean.

Despite the breakthrough in plugging the leak at the
Fukushima Daiichi plant, engineers need to pump 11.5 million
litres (11,500 tonnes) of contaminated seawater back into the
ocean because they have run out of storage space at the
facility. The seawater was used to cool over-heated fuel rods.

Apr 5, 2011

Radioactive water at 5 million times limit found at Japan plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found water with 5 million times the legal limit of radioactivity inside a reactor as it struggles for a fourth week to contain the world’s biggest nuclear disaster in quarter of a century.

Underlining the concern over spreading radiation, the government said it was considering imposing radioactivity restrictions on seafood for the first time in the crisis after contaminated fish were found in seas well south of the damaged nuclear reactors.

Apr 5, 2011

Japan’s nuclear plant operator pays “condolence money”

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant started paying “condolence money” on Tuesday to victims of the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl while it kept pouring radioactive water into the sea.

In desperation, engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have turned to what are little more than home remedies to stem the flow of contaminated water. On Tuesday, they used “liquid glass” in the hope of plugging cracks in a leaking concrete pit.

Apr 1, 2011

Q+A-What’s going on at Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant?

TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) – Japanese engineers are struggling
to gain control of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,
240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, which was seriously damaged
by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Two of the six reactors at the plant, operated by Tokyo
Electric Power Co (TEPCO), are considered stable but the
other four are volatile.

Mar 28, 2011

Highly radioactive water leaks from Japanese nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan’s crippled nuclear complex, the plant’s operator said on Monday, while environmental group Greenpeace said it had detected high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.

Reflecting growing unease about efforts to control the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) had appealed to French companies for help, the Kyodo news agency said.

Mar 28, 2011

Q+A – What is going on at Japan’s damaged nuclear

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese engineers are struggling to gain control of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, which was seriously damaged by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Two of the six reactors at the plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), are considered stable but the other four are volatile.