Fukushima News

Japan Official Says Country Needs to Implement Disaster Framework Ideas

A prominent Japanese political figure appealed to U.N. member states Tuesday to implement guidelines approved in Japan last year aimed at saving lives and minimizing the economic impact of tsunamis, earthquakes and other natural and man-made disasters. Toshihiro Nikai, chairman …

UK Commits to Nuclear Power Despite Fukushima

Britain has struck an agreement to build a new nuclear power plant – the first such deal in the European Union since the disaster at Fukushima prompted a major rethink of the energy source’s merits. The contract underscores how few …

Quake Shakes Northeastern Japan, No Tsunami Risk

A strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Sunday in the same region devastated by a giant tsunami and temblor 2-1/2 years ago, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 …

Fukushima Plant Steps Closer to Fuel Rod Removal

More than two years after Japan’s nuclear disaster, damaged vehicles, twisted metal and other debris remains strewn about the Fukushima plant. Scores of black and gray pipes and hoses cover the ground in some places, part of the company’s makeshift …

Japan Nuclear Plant Operator Admits Some Safety Measures Neglected

The operator of the disaster-struck Japanese nuclear power plant has acknowledged that the company long neglected safety measures intended to avoid and manage severe accidents while it was obsessed with fixing minor safety problems to improve operational records. Tokyo Electric …

5.2 Quake Hits Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture

A moderate earthquake has shaken the northeastern Japanese prefecture where the much more massive earthquake and tsunami touched off the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl earlier this year. The 5.2-magnitude quake struck Fukushima Prefecture overnight just after 2 a.m. local …

NRC to Use Safety Steps Learned from Fukushima

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will immediately begin implementing seven safety recommendations from an agency task force that developed them after studying Japan’s Fukushima reactor disaster, the NRC said on Thursday. The seven recommendations are among 12 presented by the …