• RADIATION Apr 15, 2019

    Removal of Fuel in Pool at Fukushima's Melted Reactor Begins

    The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in what will be a decades-long process to decommission the facility. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said workers started removing the first of 566 used and unused fuel units stored in...

  • spokesman Jul 19, 2017

    Swimming Robot Probes Fukushima Reactor to Find Melted Fuel

    An underwater robot entered a badly damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Wednesday, capturing images of the harsh impact of its meltdown, including key structures that were torn and knocked out of place. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the robot, nicknamed “the Little Sunfish,” successfully completed the day’s work inside the primary containment vessel of the...

  • Japan Mar 11, 2017

    Trauma to Lives, Economy From Tsunami Persists 6 Years Later

    Six years ago, more than 18,000 people died or went missing as a tsunami triggered by a massive quake engulfed coastal areas of northeastern Japan. Tens of thousands more people’s lives were unraveled when they lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods. The displacement widened as entire communities fled after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. Japan is marking...

  • Chairman Feb 29, 2016

    Fukushima Executives Charged With Negligence in Nuclear Meltdown

    Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) were indicted on charges of negligence Monday for their role in failing to prevent the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns following the tsunami of 2011, NHK reported. Former TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro were indicted by court appointed lawyers. All are expected to plead not...

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