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In this Friday, March 1, 2013 photo, truck driver Takahiro Ishitani, accompanied by his wife, Yuko, eats dinner with his son, Ryusei at a rented house his family has evacuated to in Iide, Yamagata prefecture, Japan. Pic: AP.

Stress emerges as major health issue in Fukushima

By Sat, Mar 09, 2013 11:54AM UTC Comments Off In this Friday, March 1, 2013 photo, truck driver Takahiro Ishitani, accompanied by his wife, Yuko, eats dinner with his son, Ryusei at a rented house his family has evacuated to in Iide, Yamagata prefecture, Japan. Pic: AP.

MINAMI-SOMA, Japan (AP) — Japan’s radiation nightmare has turned the lively home that truck driver Takahiro Ishitani once shared with his wife and three sons into a cluttered bachelor pad. A coffee mug full of cigarette butts, a towel and other odds and ends sit on a low table in the apartment’s small living room....

Small tsunami hits Solomon Islands after 8.0 quake

By Wed, Feb 06, 2013 10:30AM UTC Comments Off

SYDNEY (AP) — A tsunami of .9 meters (3 feet) has been measured in the Solomon Islands after a strong earthquake in the South Pacific. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami was measured in Lata in the easternmost Solomon Islands. The region hasn’t reported any immediate damage. The tsunami warning after the 8.0...

Strong quake hits northern Japan; no tsunami

By Mon, Feb 04, 2013 5:26AM UTC Comments Off

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, but authorities say there is no danger of a tsunami and there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and hit at 11:17 p.m. (1417 GMT) Saturday in the Tokachi...

Nuke plant utility: Some safety measures neglected

By Sat, Dec 15, 2012 12:25PM UTC Comments Off The Fukushima power plant seen before the devastating tsunami struck. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the disaster-struck Japanese nuclear power plant has acknowledged that the company long neglected safety measures intended to avoid and manage severe accidents while it was obsessed with fixing minor safety problems to improve operational records. Tokyo Electric Power Co. is struggling to reform itself, and earlier this year launched...

Fukushima updates: admission and remission?

By Mon, Oct 15, 2012 10:22PM UTC Comments Off press tour of Iitate village, Fukushima prefecture, pic: IAEA Imagebank (Flickr CC)

Last week the head of Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency announced that the country’s reactors will not be restarted until proper seismic inspections are carried out. The new standards with which the reactors must comply will be established next year. Prior to last year’s Fukushima disaster, regulations were in fact only recommendations and plant operators...

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