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# fukushima-i - Monday 11 March, 2013

Frustrations over slow recovery as Japan marks anniversary of tsunami

Hundreds of people displaced in the Fukushima emergency have today filed a lawsuit seeking official compensation.

# fukushima-i - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Fukushima operators release first video of explosion aftermath

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

Japan lifts Fukushima evacuation order for 59,000 residents

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

Fukushima plant operator loses €5.15bn in three months

Tokyo Electric Power Company blames the high costs of compensation, and rising fuel prices, for its massive losses.

# fukushima-i - Wednesday 20 April, 2011

Authorities may limit access to Fukushima evacuation zone

People with houses within the exclusion zone around Fukushima I have been returning home, against government orders.

# fukushima-i - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Fukushima nuclear alert raised to maximum level 7

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

Fukushima owners begin 'condolence money' payout for radiation damage

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

Fukushima radiation still present in Irish air samples

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland says continual tests show Fukushima’s radioactive leak over our heads.

# fukushima-i - Monday 28 March, 2011

Plutonium found in soil outside stricken Fukushima reactor

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

Fukushima radiation recordings were ‘an error’, operators say

Recordings that suggested the level of radiation was ‘ten million times’ higher than normal were erroneous, TEPCO says.

# fukushima-i - Thursday 24 March, 2011

Three Fukushima workers hospitalised with skin lesions

Staff working to try and restore power to the Fukushima cooling systems are hospitalised after major radiation exposure.

# fukushima-i - Wednesday 23 March, 2011

Weather will determine if Fukushima radiation reaches Ireland

Ireland’s nuclear watchdog says atmospheric pressure will determine whether trace amounts of radiation will reach our shores.

Tokyo tap water too radioactive for children - reports

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

Engineers continue Fukushima struggles as more smoke emerges Japan This post contains videos

Engineers continue Fukushima struggles as more smoke emerges

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

End in sight for Fukushima fears - as engineers ponder burying stricken plant

Engineers relay new power lines to the stricken nuclear plant – as operators admit they may simply bury it under concrete.

The 9 at 9: Friday

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

Japan's Emperor: Fukushima nuclear crisis 'causes deep worry'

In a rare TV appearance, Japan’s Emperor Akihito admitted he was “deeply worried” by the crisis facing his country.

Fukushima staff evacuated after major radiation surge

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

Pool of spent nuclear rods ‘exposed to open air’ at Fukushima reactor

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.

Coolant in fourth Fukushima reactor might be 'boiling away'

Spent fuel is usually kept in a containment pond – but that’s beginning to evaporate away, causing further risks in Japan.

Radioactivity released after third explosion at Fukushima plant Japan This post contains videos

Radioactivity released after third explosion at Fukushima plant

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

Nuclear rods melting inside three Fukushima reactors, Japan admits

The nuclear cores at reactors 1, 2 and 3 are all now believed to be melting, after cooling systems at all three failed.

Second explosion at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant Fukushima This post contains videos

Second explosion at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant

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

The Daily Fix: Sunday

24 more hours pass on Planet Earth – here’s what’s been going on, and some other bits you might have missed.

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.

Japanese authorities declare state of emergency at second nuclear plant

The lowest state of alert has been declared at the Onagawa nuclear plant, while the cooling system fails at another facility.

Japanese PM: Crisis is worst to face Japan since WW2

Naoto Kan says 100,000 troops are being deployed to Japan’s stricken areas, as estimates say damages could reach €29bn.

Japanese government fears meltdown at second Fukushima nuclear reactor Japan This post contains videos

Japanese government fears meltdown at second Fukushima nuclear reactor

Authorities are pumping seawater into a second reactor, amid fears of a second hydrogen explosion at the nuclear plant.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

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

The Daily Fix: Saturday

Our daily wrap-up to what’s happened on Planet Earth – sadly, there’s more bad news than good as Japan continues to dominate.

Japan: 9,500 people missing in single town alone Japan This post contains videos

Japan: 9,500 people missing in single town alone

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.

Japan’s prime minister: “This is an unprecedented disaster” Japan This post contains videos

Japan’s prime minister: “This is an unprecedented disaster”

Naoto Kan urges the public to take responsible actions and to follow instructions as nuclear fallout fears continue.

Authorities warn of further Japanese tsunamis as aftershocks continue

Waves of two to three metres in height are to be expected in the coming hours after significant Pacific aftershocks.

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.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

The nine things you need to know by 9am, including the latest on fears of a nuclear meltdown in Japan, after an explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant.