Nuclear Peril

The damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant immediately became the center of human and environmental concerns, amid leaks of radioactive material and the risk of reactor meltdown. Emergency crews began the struggle to contain the crisis and prevent widespread contamination.

Radioactivity surges again at Japan nuclear plant

April 1, 2011

Radioactivity surges again at Japan nuclear plant

Radiation levels increased sharply inside and outside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Thursday, slowing work on the devastated facility again and once more throwing into doubt the integrity of the containment vessels that hold the fuel rods.

10:03 AM PDT, March 30, 2011

Four reactors at Fukushima nuclear complex will have to be scrapped, utility chairman says

The chairman of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant on Wednesday said the facility's four tsunami-battered reactors would have to be scrapped, and he apologized to the Japanese public for the nuclear disaster.

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