Fukushima nuclear disaster News

Japan Court Orders Government, Utility Accountable in Fukushima Accident

A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 500 million yen ($4.5 million) to thousands of area residents and evacuees who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost in the …

Alaska Officials Find No Sign of Fukushima-Related Radiation in Seafood

State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster at a Japanese power plant. More than 16,000 people were …

Costly Ice Wall at Fukushima Plant Approved by Japan Regulators

Japanese regulators on Wednesday approved the use of a giant refrigeration system to create an unprecedented underground frozen barrier around buildings at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to contain leaking radioactive water. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said …

Japan Vows to Bolster Tsunami Reconstruction by 2020 Olympic Games

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Thursday to bolster reconstruction efforts in tsunami-hit northern Japan and the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the disaster, Abe promised to rush …

Nuclear Industry Explores Accident Resistant Fuel

The explosions that damaged a crippled Japanese nuclear plant during a disaster that forced mass evacuations in 2011 show what can happen when nuclear fuel overheats. In response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the U.S. government dramatically increased funding to …

Japan Utility Sued by U.S. Sailors Over Tsunami Radiation

Seventy-nine U.S. sailors are suing the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima nuclear power plant for $1 billion, alleging it lied about radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after the 2011 tsunami. The Orange …

Japan Readies Additional $30B for Fukushima Clean-Up

Japan’s government is finalising plans to borrow an additional 3 trillion yen ($30 billion) to pay for compensating Fukushima evacuees and cleaning up the area outside the wrecked nuclear plant, said people with knowledge of the situation. The additional borrowing …

Ice Wall Idea Studied to Halt Radioactive Water in Japan: Energy

Turning soil into virtual permafrost with refrigerated coolant piped through the earth was first used in the 1860s to shore up coal mines. One hundred and fifty years on, it’s the newest idea for containing the Fukushima nuclear disaster. At …