Tepco Removes First Fukushima Fuel Rods, Finally Gets Something Right

TEPCO workers successfully removed the first fuel rods from the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and transferred them into portable casks on Monday. Those who have been following the follies of the power company should be pleased that a meltdown did not occur. » 11/18/13 1:55pm 11/18/13 1:55pm

Spacey Fukushima Worker Pushes Wrong Button, Almost Causes Meltdown

It's another week and another chance for TEPCO to embarrass itself at the beleaguered Fukushima power plant. Sometime on Monday morning, the cooling pump for the reactors shut down suddenly. It must've been some mechanical failure or some freak accident, right? Nah. Some worker just pushed the off button by mistake,… » 10/07/13 4:22pm 10/07/13 4:22pm

TEPCO Just Spilled Tons of Radioactive Water into Fukushima's Soil

The operator of Japan's infamously crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant recently attempted to move some radioactive water from one tank to another. In the process, it spilled four tons of deadly sludge. » 10/01/13 2:59pm 10/01/13 2:59pm

Fukushima's Radioactive Water Problem Just Gets Worse and Worse

The clean up crew at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant just can't catch a break. Just a day after Japan's nuclear watchdog raised the severity of a recent water leakage incident from a one to a three on the international scale, experts are stepping forward to say that the problem is actually much worse. » 8/22/13 1:43pm 8/22/13 1:43pm

Fukushima's Now Surrounded by Extremely Radioactive Puddles

A water tank at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan apparently sprung a leak recently. The latest reports from the northern prefecture say that puddles have collected all around the plant, and the implication is clear. Fukushima has a whole new radioactive water problem. » 8/19/13 4:50pm 8/19/13 4:50pm

Japan Wants to Build an Ice Wall to Contain Fukushima's Radioactive…

Radioactive water full of carcinogenic chemicals is leaking out of the Fukushima power plant at a critical rate, critical enough for the Nuclear Regulation Authority to deem the situation an "emergency." It's one of those desperate times, and the measures under consideration sound a little bit desperate. » 8/14/13 10:47am 8/14/13 10:47am

Multiple Earthquakes Rock Japan, as Tsunami Alarm is Rung

As Japan marks the one-month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami which killed tens of thousands of people, more quakes have shaken the country today. First, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in the Ibaraki Prefecture, which resulted in a 3-foot tsunami warning being issued for 6pm local time (5am EST). A second… » 4/11/11 5:00am 4/11/11 5:00am

Another Explosion at the Japanese Nuclear Plant Pushes Radiation…

After Saturday's blast at Fukushima's No.1 reactor and Monday's blast at the No.3 reactor, we were hoping that'd be the end to the nuclear plant nightmares. Unfortunately a third blast occurred in the small hours of today, at the second reactor. » 3/15/11 6:20am 3/15/11 6:20am

How Nuclear Power Plants Save Themselves from Earthquake-Related…

After today's earthquake in Japan, there was concern over the country's nuclear power plants: though 13 of the affected plants automatically shut down, two caused a scare. This raises the question: how does a nuclear plant stay safe during an earthquake, and why were there problems in Japan? » 3/11/11 8:20pm 3/11/11 8:20pm

Tsunami Warning for Hawaii and California After Brutal Japanese…

Striking at 14:46 local-time (12:46am EST) today, the earthquake is not only the largest Japan's ever suffered, but also in the world's top ten. After-effects in the form of tidal waves are expected to hit the US in just a few hours. Updated. » 3/11/11 3:45am 3/11/11 3:45am