Worker dies at Japanese nuclear plant

A worker at the troubled Japanese nuclear plant who fell 10 metres into an empty water tank this morning has died. He was flown to a local hospital by air ambulance for treatment but his death was later confirmed at the hospital. The plant’s owner TEPCO expressed “sincere condolences” to the family and said it will investigate […]

One year on, UN nuclear chief remembers Fukushima

One year on from the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan, the chief of the UN’s nuclear body has spoken out about the “crisis” inflicted on his “homeland”. The Japanese IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, spoke yesterday at a ceremony commemorating the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In […]

Nuclear plant owner Tepco could get $19bn bailout

Tepco, owner of beleaguered nuclear plant Fukushima Daiichi (pictured), could be in line for up to $19billion from the Japanese government, according to reports. The firm has been in a difficult position since the nuclear crisis at its plant after the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March. Japanese media today suggested the government was […]

Japan restarts first nuclear plant since Fukushima

Japan restarted its first nuclear plant since the nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi when the plant was damaged in the tsunami that hit the country after an earthquake in March. Kyushu Electric Power Company opened a reactor at its Genkai Plant in southwest Japan, reported AFP.

Fukushima nuclear reactor detects ‘fission’

Nuclear “fission” could have taken place at the Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima Daiichi, according to reports. A spokesperson for Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the plant’s operator, said that it found traces of xenon, a material created by the process of fission, the nuclear reaction which produces energy under controlled situations, in one of the […]

International nuclear group sets up new action team

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has formed a nuclear action team to follow up on the lessons learned after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan earlier this year. The Nuclear Safety Action Team will be responsible for putting in place a 12-point action plan. This includes plans to improve nuclear safety, emergency response […]