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2011-07-18 09:05:00

Japan's government plans to suspend all cattle shipments from Fukushima after the country's second-biggest retailer reported Sunday it had sold beef from cattle that ate nuclear-contaminated feed, Reuters reports. The country, which is still suffering the after-effects of the March earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, has already dealt with a huge amount of contamination from products such as tea, milk, seafood and water; and the latest issue only adds to an already fueled...

2011-06-17 11:48:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Power Systems is supplying the temporary power generation company, APR Energy (APR) with mobile power generation equipment that will be used to alleviate electric power shortfalls in Japan resulting from the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyo-Oki Earthquake and associated tsunami that recently devastated the country. Pratt & Whitney Power Systems is delivering three FT8® MOBILEPAC® gas...

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2011-06-07 11:25:00

A report from the Japanese government to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) details that officials were unprepared for a nuclear accident on the scale of the one at the Fukushima plant, BBC News reports.  The report highlights that poor oversight may also have contributed to the crisis. Authorities have pledged to make the country's nuclear regulator (NISA) independent of the industry ministry, which also promotes nuclear power. This report comes after NISA doubled its initial...

2011-05-16 15:34:00

SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hachiko Coalition is calling for the organized and immediate evacuation of all uncontaminated domestic animals, pets and livestock inside the 20km radiation contaminated exclusion zone Fukushima, Japan. The Hachiko Coalition has also published a rush translation of a report previously available only in Japanese. A special committee issued this report after their landmark conference on handling animals exposed to radiation. The report...

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2011-04-18 10:15:00

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on Sunday that it will send two remote-controlled robots into a reactor building damaged by a hydrogen explosion in order to gauge radiation and temperature levels. Workers battling to stabilize the plant after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami have not been able to enter any of the reactor buildings at the stricken nuclear plant since the disaster. The explosion blew the roof off the outer structure housing reactor three.  It was one of several...

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2011-04-14 06:10:00

A leading scientist on Wednesday said that Japan's northeastern coast has suffered many powerful earthquakes and large tsunamis in the past and nuclear power plants should have been built to withstand these natural disasters, reports AFP. The scientist also noted that the crippled plant in Fukushima may have survived the disaster had the government not put faith in a flawed earthquake prediction system. Geophysics professor Robert Geller said the Japanese authorities rely on annual "hazard...

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2011-04-12 13:35:00

Japanese authorities have raised the nuclear crisis rating to the highest level of seven. The new decision reflects the amount of radiation leaked at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The last time level seven was applied was during the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, where 10 times as much radiation was emitted. Japanese Prime Minster Naoto Kan said radiation leaks at the plant were starting to decline. Kan said in a news conference that The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will...

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2011-04-11 07:35:00

Today, exactly one month after northern Japan was shaken by the 9.0-magnitude quake, a 6.6 magnitude aftershock rattled the same area around Fukushima. A warning for a 3-foot tsunami was issued after the temblor hit the northeast coast 5:16 p.m. local time, ABC News is reporting. The latest quake was reported to cause landslides in the city of Iwaki, including one that buried three houses and trapped four people inside, police in Fukushima Prefecture told CNN News. Attempts to rescue the...

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2011-04-05 12:05:00

Japan is setting a new standard for the amount of radiation allowed in fish for the first time. The country's decision comes after over 7.5 million times the legal limit for radiation in seawater was found just off a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the government will apply the maximum allowable radiation limit for vegetables to fish. The decision comes after the health ministry reported that fish caught off Ibaraki prefecture contained levels of...

2011-03-16 13:00:00

SINGAPORE and KYOTO, Japan, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Japan's devastating 11 March earthquake and tsunami have hit its struggling economy and ineffective government at what was an already uncertain time for the country. The earthquake, measuring up to 9.0 on the Richter scale, and subsequent tsunami have devastated a wide area of northeast Japan, killing more than 10,000 people and washing away whole communities and infrastructure. The biggest quake in Japan's recorded history has...