Steam rising from Japan’s Fukushima reactor building

Steam was seen rising from a destroyed reactor building at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, its operator announced. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said there were no signs of increased radiation in the area and is investigating the cause at the damaged No 3 reactor building. The news follows a series of water leaks […]

Toxic water leak at Japan’s nuclear plant

Radioactive water was found leaking at Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant earlier today. A statement released by the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), said the contaminated water could have leaked into the ground from one of the plant’s storage tanks. The underground tanks store radioactive water that has been used in the plant’s cooling […]

Japan’s reconstruction with renewable systems ‘impressive’

Japan’s plans to reconstruct areas affected by the tsunami with renewable energy systems and back up power supplies is “impressive”. That’s the view of the International Energy Agency (IEA) following its visit to the country earlier this month as it marks two years since the disaster. It advised the nation in designing and developing ‘smart […]

World Energy Council calls for ‘effective’ nuclear governance

It is vital to have an “effective global governance” of the nuclear power industry to restore the public’s trust in the sector. That’s the view of the World Energy Council, commenting ahead of the second anniversary of the tragic Fukushima accident in Japan. The incident in March 2011 saw a 15 metre tsunami disable the […]

Fukushima-style tsunamis threaten 23 other nuclear sites

Tsunamis and natural disasters like the one which caused Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis threaten 23 other nuclear sites around the world. Research published in the Natural Hazards journal suggests 74 reactors at 23 plants are in areas at risk, mostly in South East Asia. The 15-metre tsunami which swept into Japan on 11 March 2011 […]

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 […]

Fukushima was ‘man-made disaster’

A Japanese parliamentary panel said the Fukushima nuclear accident was a “man-made disaster”, according to reports. On the same day nuclear power was pumped into Japan’s grid for the first time since all its plants were closed after the crisis, the panel’s report found the meltdown was “preventable”. On 11 March 2011, three nuclear cores […]

China tells nuclear plants to boost safety

China has told three of its nuclear plants to improve their safety management, according to media reports. The Chinese Government is said to want around 80 billion yen (£8bn) spent on improving the plants under its 12th Five Year Plan up to 2020. The safety improvements could include tsunami-proofing, according to the country’s National Energy […]

Fukushima’s robot inspection

The fuel pond of Fukushima Daiichi 4 is due to be inspected by an underwater robot later this month in preparation for the removal of used nuclear fuel from the facility. The damaged plant is set to be demolished. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has made the removal of spent fuel a high priority because […]