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# radiation - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

Japan underestimated tsunami risk to nuclear plant, says UN watchdog

The International Atomic Energy Agency commended Japan’s response to the crisis, but said the Fukushima plant was ill-prepared for the tsunami which struck on 11 March.

# radiation - Monday 30 May, 2011

Two Fukushima workers tested for radiation exposure above safety limits

Officials fear the two men, who were responsible for the control rooms of Units 3 and 4 at the plant, may have surpassed radiation exposure limits.

# radiation - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Two more Fukushima reactors melted down during nuclear crisis

Japanese nuclear officials have now said that three of the plant’s six reactors suffered a meltdown after the plant sustained serious damage in March’s earthquake and tsunami.

# radiation - Saturday 14 May, 2011

Worker dies at Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear plant

A man has died on his second day working at Japan’s battered Fukushima nuclear power plant, however the plant operator has insisted that harmful levels of radiation were not detected in his body.

# radiation - Saturday 7 May, 2011

Japanese plant officials defer decision on request to suspend Hamaoka operations

Officials failed to reach a decision on prime minister’s call to halt operations at central Japanese plant.

# radiation - Saturday 30 April, 2011

Top nuclear adviser to Japanese government quits over radiation limits

Toshiso Kosako claims the government ignored his advice on safety limits for radiation levels, which he says are too high for children in the area surrounding the Fukushima plant.

# radiation - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

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Slideshow: The world remembers Chernobyl

People from Ukraine to South Korea gathered today at memorial services to mark the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident.

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What happened inside Chernobyl's Reactor 4 on 26 April 1986?

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the meltdown at Chernobyl, which contaminated some 150,000 sq km of land.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know: Irish toddler to undergo pioneering surgery; Afghan police search for over 450 escaped prisoners; and a ‘human canonball’ stuntman has been killed in Kent.

# radiation - Friday 22 April, 2011

Adi Roche optimistic about future of Belarusian adoptions

Head of Chernobyl children’s charity says she’s been given promising indications from Belarusian authorities.

Japan's government approves emergency budget as Fukushima evacuation zone widens

Government pledges to create up to 100,000 homes for survivors of earthquake and tsunami but says more people have to leave the area around the Fukushima power plant.

# radiation - Monday 18 April, 2011

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Video: Robots record radiation and damage inside stricken Fukushima plant

Readings show high level of radiation inside two units and, for the first time, suggest serious damage to nuclear rods inside Unit 2.

# radiation - Friday 15 April, 2011

Fukushima evacuees offered €8,000 compensation

People forced from their homes over radiation leak from nuclear power plant not impressed with initial offers of compensation from plant operators.

# radiation - Thursday 7 April, 2011

Japanese dash to recover decomposing bodies near Fukushima

As levels of radiation from nuclear plant stabilise, nearly 1,000 searchers begin trawl through 20km exclusion zone.

# radiation - Wednesday 6 April, 2011

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Our usual wrap-up of the day’s news, and some bits you may have missed from the last 24 hours.

Fukushima radiation now present in Irish milk samples

The Food Safety Authority confirms trace levels of iodine-131 in Irish milk samples, at levels that pose no threat to health.

# radiation - Monday 4 April, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# radiation - Saturday 2 April, 2011

Radioactive water leaks from Japanese nuclear plant

Highly radioactive water has seeped into the sea beside Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant – however experts say that the Pacific ocean will dilute the amounts to safe levels.

# radiation - 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.

# radiation - Thursday 31 March, 2011

Radiation contagion fear sees Japan's evacuees turned away

Meanwhile, the IAEA says radiation levels beyond the Fukushima plant evacuation zone are higher than the IAEA’s criteria for evacuation.

# radiation - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Trading in IL&P shares suspended; radiation levels in seawater at Japan 3,000 times normal as officials consider draping fabric over the stricken reactor; and 12-year-old gives birth on school trip.

Japan may drape fabric over stricken reactors

Officials consider draping fabric over the country’s damaged nuclear reactors – as seawater outside the damaged Fukushima plant is found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine.

# radiation - Tuesday 29 March, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

Radiation from Japan detected in Ireland: but what’s the risk?

With radiation from Fukushima being picked up in Glasgow and Dublin, is there a health risk to Ireland? We asked an expert to find out.

Japan on "maximum alert" as nuclear and earthquake crises continue

Japanese PM says country facing worst crises in decades as nuclear officials say removing radioactive water from the Fukushima plant is an urgent task.

# radiation - Saturday 26 March, 2011

Radiation levels above safety limit recorded in sea by Fukushima plant

Officials working to discover source of radiation leak after concerns emerged earlier over possible breach to core of one of the plant’s six units.

# radiation - Friday 25 March, 2011

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Video: Experts fear reactor core breached at Fukushima

Work at plant halted again today as officials try to assess if the third reactor’s core has a crack or hole in it.

Two Japanese travellers hospitalised with 'severe' radiation levels

News comes as nuclear safety officials say that workers were exposed to 10,0000 times the safe radiation level on Thursday.

# radiation - Thursday 24 March, 2011

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning: Bailout looks increasingly likely for Portugal; Fukushima workers exposed to radiation; and the Oxford English Dictionary ‘hearts’ new words.

# radiation - Wednesday 23 March, 2011

Germany set to abandon nuclear power

Fears over Japan’s Fukushima crisis have sparked fresh debate in the EU over the safety of nuclear power production.

# radiation - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

Power cables hooked up to all of Fukushima's reactors

But workers at the quake-struck nuclear power plant have more checks to carry out before they can switch the power on to the reactors’ cooling pumps.

Fukushima radiation fears: Q&A on food safety

Radiation contamination has been reported in some food in Japan. Here, experts answer questions about the real dangers of the contamination.

# radiation - Monday 21 March, 2011

Fukushima workers pulled from reactor after smoke rises

Japanese authorities confirm workers evacuated after smoke seen rising from Reactor 3 as efforts to cool the plant’s nuclear reactors continue.

# radiation - Sunday 20 March, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Sunday

Catch up on today’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed earlier.

Progress made in work to restore power supply to Japan's Fukushima plant

Authorities say power reconnected to two reactors and add that pressure within Reactor 3 has stabilised.

Two survivors rescued nine days after Japan’s devastating earthquake

Good news comes as police in Miyagi Prefecture warn that deaths there alone could reach 15,000.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know: Airstrikes target Libya; elections in Egypt and Haiti; Japan close to restoring power to Fukushima plant; and a super view of a super moon.

# radiation - Saturday 19 March, 2011

Fukushima cooling efforts continue as high radiation levels discovered in food

Japanese authorities carrying out further tests after radiation contamination discovered in spinach and milk produced near Fukushima plant.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know: Japan pushes to restore Fukushima plant’s energy supply; gardaí continue to investigate after bodies found in Clare; and it looks like St Patrick was a step ahead of today’s health food culture.

# radiation - Friday 18 March, 2011

'Minuscule' fallout reaches United States

Tiny amounts of radioactive fallout has reached the US – but experts say that initial readings are “about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening”.