Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant - updates

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Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Aug 22, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Fukushima s operator starts freezing the last section of a 320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation

FINAL STAGE. This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017. TEPCO/AFP

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima s No 3 reactor

Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Ex-bosses to go on trial over Fukushima disaster

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The indictments are the first – and only – criminal charges stemming from the tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the plant that set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986

STILL CONTAMINATED. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Japan, US, France to team up on Fukushima cleanup – official

Mar 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Experts from the 3 countries will work to develop technologies for the major cleanup which could take up to 4 decades

epa05152387 Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, walk after they receive briefing from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees (in blue) in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, 10 February 2016. A group of foreign media visited to the plant, just a month before the fifth anniversary of the nuclear accident. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck 11 March 2011 and triggered a tsunami claimed the lives of an estimated 15,000 people, and led to a nuclear accident on a level that had not been seen since Chernobyl in 1986. EPA/TORU HANAI / POOL

Japan court orders two nuclear reactors to shut down over safety fears

Mar 09, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The order would bring the number of operating reactors in Japan down to two

ORDERED SHUT. This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows Kansai Electric Power's number 3 (L) and number 4 (R) reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan's Fukui prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP

Japan court rejects bid to block restart of two nuclear reactors

Apr 22, 2015 - 1:43 PM

The district court in southern Kagoshima prefecture turns down the challenge by local residents who wanted to halt the refiring of the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant

In this file photo, an anti-nuclear power plant demonstrator holds a sign reading 'Opposed to restarting Sendai Nuclear Plant' during a protest against the restarting of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co. outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan court blocks restarting of two nuclear reactors

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:43 PM

The verdict comes months after the country s nuclear watchdog had given the green light to switch them back on

Radiation from Fukushima detected off Canada west coast

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:39 AM

It is the first time traces of Cesium 134 had been detected off North American coasts the isotope characteristic of the 2011 Fukushima disaster

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for hazard pay

Sep 02, 2014 - 12:06 PM

The workers whose ages range from those in their 30s to their 60s say they have not been properly compensated for the risks their work entails including removing contaminated debris and patrolling at the plant

A file picture dated 06 April 2011 of a police officer walking out of the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan to lift part of Fukushima evacuation order: official

Feb 24, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Over the next two years up to 30 000 people will be allowed to return to their homes in the original exclusion zone

GROUND ZERO. Workers walk past the nuclear reactor three building seen from the coastal side at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on November 7, 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Fukushima operator to start dangerous fuel-rod removal

Nov 18, 2013 - 1:14 PM

It follows months of setbacks and glitches that have stoked widespread criticism of the utility s handling of the crisis

GROUND ZERO. A Tokyo Electric Power Corp.'s official (C) is standing in front of journalists at the H4 tank area at the Tokyo Electric Power Corp.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Japan, 07 November 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool

Fukushima plant readies for dangerous fuel rod removal

Nov 07, 2013 - 12:59 PM

Experts say the operation is a tricky but essential step in the decades long decommissioning process after the worst atomic accident in a generation

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Groundwater radiation spikes at crippled Fukushima

Oct 19, 2013 - 4:33 PM

TEPCO said water samples contained 400 000 becquerels per liter of beta ray emitting substances the highest since March 2011

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

6 Fukushima workers doused with radioactive water

Oct 09, 2013 - 2:22 PM

The fluid splashed onto the men when they accidentaly removed a pipe connected to the system

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

New leak at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant – TEPCO

Oct 03, 2013 - 7:20 AM

UPDATED TEPCO says the highly radioactive water had leaked at the Fukushima No 1 plant from a different storage tank

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Anti-radiation fence at Fukushima has hole – TEPCO

Sep 26, 2013 - 6:20 PM

Workers at Japan s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant spot a hole in one of the barriers intended to keep radioactive particles contained in the harbor

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Over 1,000 tons of Fukushima water dumped after typhoon

Sep 17, 2013 - 3:48 PM

The utility said about 1 130 tons of water with low levels of radiation were released into the ground

PUMPING RAINWATER. This handout picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) on September 15, 2013 and released on September 17 shows a TEPCO worker pumping rainwater around the contamination water tank at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture. AFP / TEPCO

Typhoon Man-yi hits Japan, 3 dead

Sep 17, 2013 - 8:26 AM

Man yi forces the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean

MAN-YI. Tropical Storm Man-yi covered two-thirds of Japan's main island Honshu when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image on Sept. 16 at 0140 UTC/Sept. 15 at 9:40 p.m. EDT. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

TEPCO finds high radiation in Fukushima groundwater

Sep 10, 2013 - 3:51 PM

Late on Monday plant operator TEPCO announced samples taken from a well at the site showed the presence of radioactive substances including strontium

INSPECTING FUKUSHIMA. A handout picture provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), shows Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi (L) pointing to contaminated water storage tanks during his visit at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, northeast of Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 26 August 2013. EPA/TEPCO/HANDOUT

Japan unveils $470-M plan for Fukushima water leaks

Sep 03, 2013 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his administration will spend public money to get the job done

INSPECTING FUKUSHIMA. A handout picture provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), shows Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi (L) pointing to contaminated water storage tanks during his visit at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, northeast of Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 26 August 2013. EPA/TEPCO/HANDOUT

Fukushima operator discovers pipe leaking radioactive water

Sep 01, 2013 - 3:06 PM

The discovery of the pipe came a day after Tokyo Electric Power Co TEPCO said it found new radiation hotspots at four sites around coolant tanks

INSPECTING FUKUSHIMA. A handout picture provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), shows Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi (L) pointing to contaminated water storage tanks during his visit at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, northeast of Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 26 August 2013. EPA/TEPCO/HANDOUT

High radiation readings found at Fukushima tanks

Sep 01, 2013 - 9:08 AM

TEPCO detected high radiation readings at 4 sites around the tanks although none of the containers showed any visible fall in their water levels

INSPECTIONS. Japan's nuclear watchdog members, including Nuclear Regulation Authority members, inspect contaminated water tanks at the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on August 23, 2013. Photo by AFP/JAPAN POOL via JIJI PRESS

Radioactive water may have leaked from Fukushima: TEPCO

Apr 06, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the tsunami damaged plant

RADIOACTIVE WATER. Workers wearing protective suits and masks are seen near tanks of radiation contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on March 6, 2013. Photo by AFP

Fukushima kids fatter as radiation fears cut exercise

Dec 25, 2012 - 9:54 PM

Children in Fukushima are getting fatter as outdoor activities have been cut in the area due to radiation fears after last year s nuclear disaster

Fukushima caused mutant butterflies: scientists

Aug 14, 2012 - 3:55 PM

Around 12 percent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the disaster had abnormalities

Pale grass blue butterfly. FIle photo via Wikipedia/Laitche

Japan A-bomb survivors warn against nuclear power

Aug 07, 2012 - 8:18 PM

Nearly seven decades later the dwindling number of survivors of the Hiroshima atomic attack are raising their voices against nuclear power

MEMORIAL.People gather to pray at the memorial cenotaph for victims of a 1945 atomic bombing at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 5, 2012. Tens of thousands of people attend services on August 6 every year to remember the more than 200,000 people estimated to have died in the bombings, either instantly or later from burns and radiation sickness. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI

Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 06, 2012 - 10:50 AM

Japan marks the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Monday August 6 as a rising tide of anti nuclear sentiment swells post Fukushima

MEMORIAL.People gather to pray at the memorial cenotaph for victims of a 1945 atomic bombing at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 5, 2012. Tens of thousands of people attend services on August 6 every year to remember the more than 200,000 people estimated to have died in the bombings, either instantly or later from burns and radiation sickness. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI