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How a rat may have taken down Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant

Fukushima - It is estimated that in the United States there is one rat for every human. Rats have spread diseases such as Bubonic Plague and Typhus just to name a few. But is it really possible that a rat can take down a modern nuclear power plant?

Fukushima two years on — The plight of 300,000 displaced Japanese

Monday March 11 is the second anniversary of the tsunami which inundated Japan’s eastern seaboard causing an estimated 16,000 deaths and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a legacy that will last for generations.

EPA audit exposes major problems in radiation monitoring system Special

A recently released report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General's Office has revealed perilous failures in the operation of RadNet, the nationwide radiation monitoring network, in the midst of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Nuclear experts: Fukushima crisis may become 'global catastrophe'

A nuclear watchdog official told RT News that the ongoing crisis at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan could become a "global catastrophe", echoing warnings from other experts.

Active faults near Fukushima increase risk of new disaster

Tokyo - Scientists report the magnitude 9 earthquake which struck northeast Japan last March caused stress variations in an underlying active fault and could lead to another quake much closer to the meltdown site at Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear plant.

Group of elderly Japanese want to volunteer to work at Fukushima

Fukushima may have a group that could tackle the nuclear crisis looming over Japan. The Skilled Veterans Corps, retired engineers and professionals, want to volunteer to work in the dangerous conditions instead of putting younger generations at risk.

No.2 and No. 3 reactor meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima plant

Tokyo - Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility suffered meltdowns at two additional reactors shortly after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami struck the northeast part of the country, the plant’s operator confirmed on Tuesday.

Japan raises nuclear crises to highest level, equals Chernobyl

Tokyo - Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission has raised the severity level of the crises at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant to the highest rating on the international scale. The event is now rated as a Level 7, which equals the disaster at Chernobyl.

Fukushima workers hospitalised with radiation poisoning

Two workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have been rushed to hospital after being exposed to high levels of radiation as they worked to restore power to a stricken reactor.

Rescuers find two more survivors from Japan's quake and tsunami

Nine days after the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that triggered a giant tsunami in northeastern Japan, two survivors were rescued alive in the Japanese city of Ishinomaki Sunday.

Chernobyl extreme tourism thrives in wake of Japan disaster

Chernobyl - While the world watches the nuclear disaster unfolding in Japan that followed the one-two punch delivered by nature in the form of an earthquake and tsunami, thousands of tourists line up in the Ukraine to take the government sponsored tour of Chernobyl.

Japanese workers abandon crippled nuclear plant

Japanese officials have suspended operations at the failing nuclear plant Fukushima Daiichi and abandoned efforts to prevent the crippled reactors from melting down, after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility.

Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, Comcast offer free calling to Japan

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and Comcast have announced they're offering free international phone service and texting to Japan to help customers connect with family and friends following the tragic earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country.

Aflac fires actor Gilbert Gottfried over tasteless tsunami tweets

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, well known for his high pitched duck-like voice-overs for the insurance firm Aflac, has been fired by the company after posting a slew of tasteless Japanese earthquake jokes and tsunami comments on his Twitter account.

Japan's No. 3 nuclear reactor building explodes

Tokyo - The Japanese government confirmed an explosion occurred at the facility housing Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) No. 3 nuclear reactor in the Fukushima prefecture late Monday morning.

Lady Gaga designs Japanese prayer bracelet for earthquake relief

Lady Gaga has become one of the first celebrities to come out with a fund-raising project to offer some help to Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims. The pop star has designed a bracelet with all proceeds going to the relief effort and recovery funds.

Fukushima power plant explodes, 4 workers injured

Tokyo - White smoke was seen at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following an explosion heard on Saturday. This is one of the two power plants that were placed under a state of emergency by the Japanese government.
 

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Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
Arial view of the nuclear power plant at Fukushima
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Increased radioactivity at the Daiichi plant near Fukushima appears to be leading to an out-of-contr...
Increased radioactivity at the Daiichi plant near Fukushima appears to be leading to an out-of-control environmental nightmare
Photo courtesy TEPCO
Insects can spread radiation
Insects can spread radiation