Newer Nuclear Reactors May Not Have Failed in Japan

Power outages and fires have been reported at several plants, and radiation leaks are possible. The massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan reportedly forced the automatic shutdown of 11 nuclear reactors at four plants in the northeastern part of Japan near the earthquake's epicenter. There have been no reports of radiation leaks, although Japanese news organizations are reporting that the radiation level within one of the plants is rising, and that radioactive steam may be released to reduce pressure buildup in the facility.

Newer Nuclear Reactors May Not Have Failed in Japan

Passive cooling systems and other advanced designs could be more resilient to natural disasters. The latest nuclear reactor designs could help avoid the overheating and explosions that have ...

Tue 15 Mar 11 from MIT Technology Review

North America Safe From Radioactive Particles

Radioactive particles from the failing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station pose little immediate risk to North America, and should fall into the Pacific before reaching western shores. Using ...

Mon 14 Mar 11 from Wired Science

Exposed rods spark meltdown fear

Why the fuel rod exposure at Fukushima Daiichi number 2 reactor is potentially the most serious event so far at the plant.

Mon 14 Mar 11 from BBC News

Japan meltdown not like Chernobyl: expert

NUCLEAR MELTDOWN: A core meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant is unlikely to result in a Chernobyl-like disaster, but its impact will still be significant, say experts.

Mon 14 Mar 11 from ABC Science

California 'closely monitoring' Japan nuclear leak

California is closely monitoring efforts to contain leaks from a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, a spokesman said Saturday, as experts said radiation could be blown out across the Pacific.

Sun 13 Mar 11 from Phys.org

Struggle to stabilise Japan plant

The BBC's environment correspondent examines the growing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in north-east Japan.

Sun 13 Mar 11 from BBC News

Japan's nuclear picture unclear

How serious is the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in north-east Japan - and what questions does it raise for nuclear power around the world?

Sat 12 Mar 11 from BBC News

Meltdown 'unlikely': experts on explosion at Japan nuclear plant

Radiation was leaking from an unstable nuclear reactor north of Tokyo on Saturday, the Japanese government said, after an explosion blew the roof off the facility following a massive earthquake. ...

Sat 12 Mar 11 from The Independent

Blog - Earthquake Shakes Nuclear Power Plants in Japan

Power outages and fires have been reported at several plants, and radiation leaks are possible. The massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan reportedly forced the automatic shutdown of 11 ...

Fri 11 Mar 11 from MIT Technology Review

Japan quake prompts nuclear alert

Japan's prime minister declares a "nuclear emergency" after a number of reactors shut down after a massive earthquake hits the country.

Fri 11 Mar 11 from BBC News

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