News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011

Radioactive news 2 June 2011

  • French research institute finds high radioactivity

    A French independent radioactivity watchdog has found radiation in Fukushima Prefecture 60 times higher than the annual reference level for ordinary people recommended by an international commission.

    The measurements and calculations found an annualized amount of 60 millisieverts at a farm in Iitate Village in the prefecture. The level is 60 times higher than the annual limit for ordinary people, except for radiation workers, of 1 millisievert, recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

  • Fukushima could have been prevented

    Summary: Three Mile Island was predicted, says's Harvey Wasserman. And Fukushima? That could have been prevented too. Wasserman says that arrogance and greed among politicians and corporate interests pave the foundation for failure as much of the

  • Earthquake hits Niigata, no tsunami alert

    A medium-strength earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture north of Tokyo on Thursday morning. But no major damage has been reported and a nuclear power plant in the prefecture is unharmed.

    The earthquake hit at 11:33 AM local time. Japan's Meteorological Agency estimates the quake's magnitude at 4.7, with its focus in the prefecture.

  • 10,000 children flee Fukushima over nuke fears

    Japan's education ministry says about 10,000 children have moved out of Fukushima Prefecture following the March 11th disaster and crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

  • Wastewater rises, fears mount

    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is struggling to remove pools of highly radioactive wastewater as fears of an overflow get more intense.

  • Tohoku Electric may tap Tepco for power shortchanging

    SENDAI — Tohoku Electric Power Co. may seek compensation from Tokyo Electric Power Co. over its failure to meet a power supply contract following the March quake and tsunami, sources said.

    Under a contract between the two utilities, Tepco agreed to supply Tohoku Electric with electricity from its Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant, located 15 km from the leaking Fukushima No. 1 station.

  • Fatigue sets in on nuke responders

    Workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are facing an increased risk of accidents due to human error caused by chronic sleep deprivation and fatigue, an expert on social medicine said Wednesday in Tokyo, as he called for improved working conditions at the plant.

  • FOCUS: Japan debates electricity reform but power companies opposed

    As quake-scarred Japan braces for a summer marked by energy-saving targets and worries about possible power shortages, debate about liberalizing the electricity market by unbundling generation and transmission services is slowly gaining momentum in political and business circles.


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