Sep 16, 2014

Magnitude-5.6 quake hits north of Tokyo; no tsunami warning

A strong earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck in the Kanto region north of Tokyo on Tuesday, but no tsunami alert was issued. The 12:28 p.m. quake, which originated in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of around 50 ...

Jun 20, 2014

Japanese satellites enter orbit to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl

A pair of small Japanese satellites for monitoring environmental changes around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and capturing images of areas around the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine were placed in orbit shortly after they were launched Thursday night from a Russian base. The ...

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

May 9, 2014

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

by Eric Johnston

The Osaka High Court rejected an appeal Friday by Kansai-area citizens who were seeking an injunction to prevent the restart of the Oi No. 3 and 4 reactors in Fukui Prefecture. Some 253 residents opposed the restart of the two reactors on safety grounds, ...

Mar 2, 2014

Only 20% of municipalities will OK reactor restarts: poll

Only about a fifth of the 156 local governments situated within 30 km of a nuclear power plant would give the nod to reactor restarts if regulators declared them safe, a survey says. Of those 37 governments, 13 said they would do so unconditionally ...