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# Nuclear Emergency

Last year
Ireland's nuclear emergency response plan tested yesterday for the first time in five years
The training exercise was held to ‘test the national response to a nuclear emergency abroad’.
All time
If a humanitarian disaster happened in Ireland tomorrow, how ready would we be?
Not very.
Authorities may limit access to Fukushima evacuation zone
People with houses within the exclusion zone around Fukushima I have been returning home, against government orders.
Fukushima nuclear alert raised to maximum level 7
Japan’s nuclear regulator raises its alert warning from level 5 to 7 – putting the Fukushima crisis on a par with Chernobyl.
Fukushima owners begin 'condolence money' payout for radiation damage
Tokyo Electric Power Company’s share price reaches an all-time low after the company pledges to cover evacuation costs.
Plutonium found in soil outside stricken Fukushima reactor
The presence of the highly radioactive element in the soil confirms damage to reactor number 3, where it was housed.
Fukushima radiation recordings were ‘an error’, operators say
Recordings that suggested the level of radiation was ‘ten million times’ higher than normal were erroneous, TEPCO says.
Three Fukushima workers hospitalised with skin lesions
Staff working to try and restore power to the Fukushima cooling systems are hospitalised after major radiation exposure.
Weather will determine if Fukushima radiation reaches Ireland
Ireland’s nuclear watchdog says atmospheric pressure will determine whether trace amounts of radiation will reach our shores.
Tokyo tap water too radioactive for children - reports
Water supplies contain more radioactive iodine than is safe for young children to drink – as black smoke emerges from Fukushima.
Engineers continue Fukushima struggles as more smoke emerges
Steam-like vapours emerge from one reactor, while hazy smoke emerges from another, as workers restore power to the plant.
End in sight for Fukushima fears - as engineers ponder burying stricken plant
Engineers relay new power lines to the stricken nuclear plant – as operators admit they may simply bury it under concrete.
Japan's Emperor: Fukushima nuclear crisis 'causes deep worry'
In a rare TV appearance, Japan’s Emperor Akihito admitted he was “deeply worried” by the crisis facing his country.
Fukushima staff evacuated after major radiation surge
The operators of the troubled Fukushima I power plant pull all staff out of the plant following a spike in radiation levels.
Pool of spent nuclear rods ‘exposed to open air’ at Fukushima reactor
The fire at reactor 4 was caused by an explosion that tore an 8-square-metre hole in the walls – exposing rods to the outside.
Coolant in fourth Fukushima reactor might be 'boiling away'
Spent fuel is usually kept in a containment pond – but that’s beginning to evaporate away, causing further risks in Japan.
Radioactivity released after third explosion at Fukushima plant
A blast at reactor 2 may have damaged the nuclear core, authorities say, with emissions now strong enough to harm humans.
Nuclear rods melting inside three Fukushima reactors, Japan admits
The nuclear cores at reactors 1, 2 and 3 are all now believed to be melting, after cooling systems at all three failed.
Japan's horrific tsunami: before and after
Our gallery of Japan’s coastal cities before and after Friday’s tsunami underlines the true extent of the country’s devastation.
Second explosion at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant
Two days after the first explosion, a second hydrogen blast strikes the nuclear plant – as 2,000 bodies are found in Miyagi.
The Daily Fix: Sunday
24 more hours pass on Planet Earth – here’s what’s been going on, and some other bits you might have missed.
Japanese authorities declare state of emergency at second nuclear plant
The lowest state of alert has been declared at the Onagawa nuclear plant, while the cooling system fails at another facility.
Japanese PM: Crisis is worst to face Japan since WW2
Naoto Kan says 100,000 troops are being deployed to Japan’s stricken areas, as estimates say damages could reach €29bn.
Japanese government fears meltdown at second Fukushima nuclear reactor
Authorities are pumping seawater into a second reactor, amid fears of a second hydrogen explosion at the nuclear plant.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
Our daily wrap-up to what’s happened on Planet Earth – sadly, there’s more bad news than good as Japan continues to dominate.
Japan: 9,500 people missing in single town alone
Local authorities in Minamisanriku – with a population of around 18,000 – says over half of its population is missing.
New earthquake, magnitude 6.4, strikes 50 miles from Fukushima
Japan’s prime minister: “This is an unprecedented disaster”
Naoto Kan urges the public to take responsible actions and to follow instructions as nuclear fallout fears continue.
No damage to nuclear reactor despite Fukushima explosion, say authorities
The Tokyo Electric Power Company confirms that this morning’s explosion did not damage the nuclear plant’s reactor.
A quick guide to the Richter Scale
It’s important to understand that an earthquake of magnitude 8 isn’t twice as bad as a mag-4 – it’s a million times worse.
Authorities warn of further Japanese tsunamis as aftershocks continue
Waves of two to three metres in height are to be expected in the coming hours after significant Pacific aftershocks.
Department says no reports of Irish caught in quake
Japan to release radioactive vapour to ease pressure at quake-hit nuclear power station
Fears are growing over the Fukushima plant despite earlier reports that the situation was under control.