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Mar 28, 2011

Q+A-What is going on at Japan’s damaged nuclear reactor?

TOKYO, March 28 (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 25, 2011

Radiation fears mount again in Japan after plant workers injured

TOKYO (Reuters) – Radiation fears escalated in Japan on Friday after workers suffered burns as they tried to cool an earthquake-crippled nuclear plant, while the government sowed confusion over whether it was widening an evacuation zone around the facility.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan, making his first public statement on the crisis in a week, said the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power complex north of Tokyo was not getting worse but described it as “nowhere near the point” of being resolved.

Mar 25, 2011

Japan plays down fears of setback in nuclear crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Friday workers who suffered burns while trying to cool a crippled reactor were exposed to radiation levels 10,000 times higher than expected, adding evidence that the crucial containment vessel for nuclear fuel had been ruptured.

That could mean a serious reversal after days of apparently steady progress in containing radiation leaks after a killer earthquake and tsunami tore through the Fukushima nuclear power complex north of Tokyo two weeks ago.

Mar 25, 2011

Radiation injuries slow work at Japan’s nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Radiation injuries to workers complicated the battle to control Japan’s crippled nuclear plant on Friday, two weeks after a quake and tsunami that also left more than 27,000 people dead or missing.

More than 700 engineers have been working in shifts around the clock to stabilize the six-reactor Fukushima complex since the multiple disaster on March 11.

Mar 24, 2011

Japan nuclear crisis drags on but experts hopeful

TOKYO (Reuters) – Workers battled to staunch radiation leaks at a Japanese nuclear plant on Thursday, almost two weeks after it was disabled by an earthquake and tsunami, but some experts saw signs of the crisis being brought under control.

Hundreds of workers have been desperately trying to cool down the six reactors and spent fuel ponds at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, since the March 11 disaster, including pumping in seawater or dropping water from the air.

Mar 23, 2011

Japan quake costliest ever; Tokyo water warning

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan estimated the cost of the damage from its devastating earthquake and tsunami could top $300 billion as authorities in Tokyo warned that babies should not be given tap water because of radiation from a crippled nuclear plant.

The first official estimate since the March 11 disaster covers damage to roads, homes, factories and infrastructure, and dwarfs losses from both the 1995 Kobe quake and Hurricane Katrina that swept through New Orleans in 2005, making it the world’s costliest natural disaster.

Mar 23, 2011

U.S. halts Japan food imports, Tokyo water contaminated

TOKYO (Reuters) – Radiation danger from Japan’s tsunami-smashed nuclear plant loomed on Wednesday with water in Tokyo showing hazardous levels for infants and the United States becoming the first nation to block food imports.

Tokyo authorities said water at a purification plant for the capital of 13 million people had 210 becquerels of radioactive iodine — more than twice the safety level for infants.

Mar 23, 2011

U.S. halts food imports from Japan nuclear zone

TOKYO, March 23 (Reuters) – The United States became the
first nation to block imports from ally Japan’s
radiation zone, saying it will halt milk, vegetable and fruit
from areas near the tsunami-smashed nuclear plant because of
contamination fears.

The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to stop imports
from four Japanese prefectures in the crisis-hit northeast
crystallised international anxiety about the impact of the worst
atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

Mar 22, 2011

Steam rises from stricken Japan plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Smoke and steam rose from two of the most threatening reactors at Japan’s quake-crippled nuclear plant on Tuesday, suggesting the battle to avert a disastrous meltdown and stop the spread of radiation was far from won.

The world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years was triggered by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left at least 21,000 people dead or missing.

Mar 22, 2011

Steam rises from stricken Japan plant; radiation worry grows

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) – Smoke and steam rose from two of
the most threatening reactors at Japan’s quake-crippled nuclear
plant on Tuesday, suggesting the battle to avert a disastrous
meltdown and stop the spread of radiation was far from won.

The world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years playing out 240
km (150 miles) north of Tokyo was triggered by a huge earthquake
and tsunami on March 11 that left at least 21,000 people dead or
missing.