‘No damage’ at Fukushima nuclear plant after earthquake

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant hasn’t been damaged after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Japan last night. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which is the company responsible for the decommissioning of the plant, said the cooling system stopped for a while after the tremor but operations were resumed later. It added it hasn’t found any abnormalities, radiation […]

Deadly earthquake strikes near Iran’s nuclear plant

A large earthquake near Iran’s sole nuclear power plant Bushehr (pictured) yesterday killed at least four people, according to local media, while new reports suggest the death toll has risen to 30. The 6.1 magnitude quake was registered at 4.22pm local time (11.52 GMT) by the Seismological centre of Bushehr province, the Iranian news agency Fars […]

US rally to raise awareness of fracking risks

Communities across the US are due to hold rallies next week to “shine light” on problems related to fracking. The event ‘Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste: National Rally Day’ is expected to raise awareness of serious risks to public health and safety and links to earthquakes, spills, leaks and contamination. Fracking involves a process of […]

Wild monkeys to track Fukushima radiation

Wild monkeys are soon going to be used to track radiation levels around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster site in Japan according to reports. Researchers apparently plan to attach collars with GPS transmitters and Geiger counters to around 1,000 monkeys roaming the forests around Fukushima. A huge earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused a triple meltdown […]

Japanese nuclear plant “remarkably undamaged”

The Japanese nuclear plant which was closest to the epicentre of the earthquake which contributed to the Fukushima crisis was “remarkably undamaged”, a team of international experts has found. The Onagawa plant on Japan’s north-east coast was nearest to the point on the Earth’s surface which was directly above the underground origin of the magnitude […]

Activists chain themselves to fracking site with bike locks

Protestors chained themselves to a site in Chesterfield in the early hours of the morning in protest against the controversial hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ process used to extract shale gas. Twenty members of the group Frack Off targeted a site owned by PR Marriott, a contractor for shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources which is drilling […]

Experts back new shale measures

Experts in the energy sector have welcomed a report published today which has given the UK shale industry scope for the future. The report admitted fracking may produce minor tremors, but that as long as certain risk-mitigating measures were adhered to, there was the possibility of a safe future for shale on UK shores. The […]

Frack on: shale gets go ahead, despite earthquake risk

The controversial shale gas industry has effectively been given the green light by the UK Government, despite warnings from an independent report which found that fracking, the process of extracting shale gas, was responsible for earthquakes in Blackpool last year. The government-backed panel is recommending a series of new, precautionary measures to the shale gas […]

India nuclear plants shut as ‘precaution’ after Indonesia quake?

There have been conflicting reports about whether a nuclear power plant in India was shut down by the Indian government as a precaution after a strong earthquake hit Indonesia. One news site claimed the Nuclear Power Corporation of India was planning to shut plants down. However another Indian news site claims a top official from the Kundankulam […]

UN nuclear experts land in Japan

Japan has called on the UN to review tests carried out to prove the safety of its nuclear reactors. A team of ten experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today began assessing the review of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), Japan’s nuclear watchdog. This follows the approval of the Nuclear Safety […]