JAPAN’S METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY has said that any radioactive material being emitted from the Fukushima I nuclear plant, where the outer containment building around one plant exploded yesterday, will be carried out to the Pacific Ocean by the overnight wind. It has also confirmed, meanwhile, that the Shinmoedake volcano near the country’s southern tip has also begun to erupt, though it could not ascertain as yet whether the eruption was related to the ongoing seismic activity. The main quake from Friday has been upgraded from magnitude 8.9 to 9, it further added.
# fukushima-i - Monday 11 March, 2013
Hundreds of people displaced in the Fukushima emergency have today filed a lawsuit seeking official compensation.
# fukushima-i - Tuesday 7 August, 2012
TEPCO has released 150 hours of footage, hoping to end controversy over how it handled the nuclear crisis in March 2011.
# fukushima-i - Saturday 1 October, 2011
Locals have been told they can return – but radioactive elements have been found in soil up to 80km from the plant.
# fukushima-i - Tuesday 9 August, 2011
Tokyo Electric Power Company blames the high costs of compensation, and rising fuel prices, for its massive losses.
# fukushima-i - Wednesday 20 April, 2011
# fukushima-i - Tuesday 12 April, 2011
Japan’s nuclear regulator raises its alert warning from level 5 to 7 – putting the Fukushima crisis on a par with Chernobyl.
# fukushima-i - Tuesday 5 April, 2011
Tokyo Electric Power Company’s share price reaches an all-time low after the company pledges to cover evacuation costs.
# fukushima-i - Friday 1 April, 2011
The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland says continual tests show Fukushima’s radioactive leak over our heads.
# fukushima-i - Monday 28 March, 2011
The presence of the highly radioactive element in the soil confirms damage to reactor number 3, where it was housed.
# fukushima-i - Sunday 27 March, 2011
Recordings that suggested the level of radiation was ‘ten million times’ higher than normal were erroneous, TEPCO says.
# fukushima-i - Thursday 24 March, 2011
Staff working to try and restore power to the Fukushima cooling systems are hospitalised after major radiation exposure.
# fukushima-i - Wednesday 23 March, 2011
Ireland’s nuclear watchdog says atmospheric pressure will determine whether trace amounts of radiation will reach our shores.
Water supplies contain more radioactive iodine than is safe for young children to drink – as black smoke emerges from Fukushima.
# fukushima-i - Tuesday 22 March, 2011
Steam-like vapours emerge from one reactor, while hazy smoke emerges from another, as workers restore power to the plant.
# fukushima-i - Friday 18 March, 2011
Nine things you need to know by 9am: O’Bama comes home, the UN votes to clamp down on Libya, and an end in sight for Japan’s nuclear fears?
# fukushima-i - Wednesday 16 March, 2011
In a rare TV appearance, Japan’s Emperor Akihito admitted he was “deeply worried” by the crisis facing his country.
The operators of the troubled Fukushima I power plant pull all staff out of the plant following a spike in radiation levels.
# fukushima-i - Tuesday 15 March, 2011
The fire at reactor 4 was caused by an explosion that tore an 8-square-metre hole in the walls – exposing rods to the outside.
Spent fuel is usually kept in a containment pond – but that’s beginning to evaporate away, causing further risks in Japan.
A blast at reactor 2 may have damaged the nuclear core, authorities say, with emissions now strong enough to harm humans.
# fukushima-i - Monday 14 March, 2011
The nuclear cores at reactors 1, 2 and 3 are all now believed to be melting, after cooling systems at all three failed.
Two days after the first explosion, a second hydrogen blast strikes the nuclear plant – as 2,000 bodies are found in Miyagi.
# fukushima-i - Sunday 13 March, 2011
24 more hours pass on Planet Earth – here’s what’s been going on, and some other bits you might have missed.
Naoto Kan says 100,000 troops are being deployed to Japan’s stricken areas, as estimates say damages could reach €29bn.
Authorities are pumping seawater into a second reactor, amid fears of a second hydrogen explosion at the nuclear plant.
Nine things you need to know by 9am: More meltdown fears in Fukushima, the Fingleton Files, and an unusually busy day at the Dáil bar…
# fukushima-i - Saturday 12 March, 2011
Our daily wrap-up to what’s happened on Planet Earth – sadly, there’s more bad news than good as Japan continues to dominate.
Local authorities in Minamisanriku – with a population of around 18,000 – says over half of its population is missing.
A FRESH EARTHQUAKE of magnitude 6.4 has struck within 40 miles of the site of this morning’s explosion at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. The quake struck 22 miles below the surface, and was registered at around 1:15pm Irish time this afternoon. The quake brings to 248 the number of individual seismic events that have occurred in the waters off Japan in the last week; around four quakes are striking the country every hour.
Naoto Kan urges the public to take responsible actions and to follow instructions as nuclear fallout fears continue.
THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS has said it has no reports of Irish citizens being caught up in the effects of Japan’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami. A spokesperson for the Department said the helpline set up by its Consular Crisis Centre would remain active over the weekend, and could be reached at (01) 4180233.