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Further evacuations a possibility

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 March 2011

Radionuclide disposition, 21 March 2011 (IAEA)Japanese authorities are considering the evacuation of more people in the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after a more serious spot of radionuclide disposition was identified. Some restrictions on tap water are being lifted but discharges to sea continue.

Tsunami likely filled trenches

Located in: Regulation and Safety

30 March 2011

Fukushima trenched (Tepco)Analysis of the trenches at Fukushima Daiichi indicates they were probably flooded by the tsunami. Low radioactivity in one trench may result from capture of radionuclides from the air but high levels in another are unexplained.

Future of reactors new and old

Located in: Corporate

30 March 2011

Reactors 1 to 4 at Fukushima Daiichi are highly likely to be written off, Tokyo Electric Power Company has said. The fate of undamaged units 5 and 6 may lie in the hands of local residents as may plans for new units.

IAEA chief proposes nuclear safety meeting

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 March 2011

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for a high-level conference to discuss what lessons can be learned from the accident at the quake- and tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

Trench water under investigation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 March 2011

Contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi is present in large trenches that run alongside and are connected to the turbine buildings, where contaminated water has also been found. One trench is showing very high dose rates from its surface.

Contaminated pools to be drained

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 March 2011

Pools of water with significant contamination are slowing down repair work in units 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima Daiichi. It was in unit 3 that three workers recently suffered higher radiation exposure. The results of plutonium sampling have now been released.

Fukushima Daiichi two weeks on

Located in: Regulation and Safety

25 March 2011

Tokyo Electric Power Company has been criticised over yesterday's exposure to workers operating in ankle-deep water, but continues to make progress towards stabilising the site two weeks after the natural disasters of 11 March.

Exposures and progress at Fukushima Daiichi

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 March 2011

Checks inside Fukushima Daiichi Three workers at Fukushima Daiichi have been exposed to higher levels of radiation, while steady progress is made on site and discharges to sea are monitored.

Italy announces nuclear moratorium

Located in: Nuclear Policies

24 March 2011

Caorso (Image: Sogin)Italy's Council of Ministers has approved a moratorium of at least one year on construction of nuclear power plants in the country, which had been looking to restart its long-abandoned nuclear program.

Nuclear construction milestones at Haiyang 2

Located in: New Nuclear

24 March 2011

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The first steel ring of Haiyang 2's containment vessel was lifted into place a few days after a structural module for the centre of the reactor building.


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