Spent-fuel pools are shielded only by the buildings at Japan's Fukushimi I nuclear power plant, and three have now been damaged by explosions. Low-level radiation leaking from the pools could dramatically worsen if the water levels drop low enough for spent rods to burn.
03/15/2011 09:27 pm
A month after the March 11, a 9.0 earthquake triggered a 30-foot tsunami that damaged several nuclear reactors in northeastern Japan, causing the country's worst crisis since World War II, a 7.4 temblor shook the country again.
03/15/2011 02:30 pm
Monday night, radiation levels spiked to dangerous levels, but within hours had fallen to less than 1 percent of that. The radiation exposure so far should not pose a serious threat to humans.
03/15/2011 02:21 pm
Fifty workers and fire hoses are all that remain at Japan's Fukushima I plant to cool three hot reactors and six pools containing spent fuel rods – perhaps for months to come.
03/15/2011 02:12 pm
A surge of goodwill from Russia to Japan raises the possibility that a territorial dispute between the two countries left over from World War II could finally be resolved.
03/15/2011 01:14 pm
Japan officials told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that 'radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere' after a fire broke out in a storage pond for spent fuel at nuclear reactor damaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.
03/15/2011 11:36 am
Aflac duck voice – a.k.a. comedian Gilbert Gottfried – gets fired after tasteless tweets about Japan disaster. Casting to begin for new Aflac duck voice.
03/15/2011 11:02 am
Radiation exposure: Adding to the monumental losses after a Japanese earthquake and tsunami, problems at four nuclear reactors have residents near and far concerned about radiation exposure.
03/15/2011 10:36 am
Scientists warn of risks from spent-fuel cooling pools and plutonium-rich, mixed-oxide fuel inside one nuclear reactor, even as the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors appear to be coming under control.
03/14/2011 05:54 pm
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