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Radioactive levels staying high off Fukushima Daiichi in Japan

Radioactive levels staying high off Fukushima Daiichi in Japan
Radiation levels in fish caught near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remain high long after the 2011 meltdowns there, suggesting contamination from the site might still be seeping into Pacific waters, a U.S. researcher reported Thursday. The “vast majority” of fish caught off Japan show no […]Read more

The Government of Ukraine approves the development concept of activity within the Chernobyl Zone

The Government of Ukraine approves the development concept of activity within the Chernobyl Zone
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine by its Order No.535-r of July 18, 2012 approved the Concept of State Policy Implementation in the field of development of activity within separate radioactive contamination areas as a result of the Chernobyl accident. The objective of this document is to […]Read more

Timeline: Nuclear plant accidents

Timeline: Nuclear plant accidents
The nuclear crisis in Japan has revived fears over the safety of nuclear power and the potential danger posed to public health when things go wrong. There have been a number of serious nuclear incidents since the 1950s. Below are details of the most serious. The dramatic […]Read more

Health effects of radiation exposure

Health effects of radiation exposure
Concern remains over the potential effect on human health from radiation leaks at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. A 20km (12 mile) evacuation zone affecting about 70,000 people has been imposed around the plant, and is being extended to five communities outside the zone to the […]Read more

Chernobyl Study Says Health Risks Linger

Chernobyl Study Says Health Risks Linger
Nearly 25 years after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, children and teenagers who drank contaminated milk or ate affected cheese in the days and weeks after the explosion still suffer from an increased risk of thyroid cancer, according to a study released […]Read more

Japan earthquake: Explosion at Fukushima nuclear plant

Japan earthquake: Explosion at Fukushima nuclear plant
A powerful explosion has hit a nuclear power station in north-eastern Japan which was badly damaged in Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. A building housing a reactor was destroyed, but authorities said the reactor itself was intact. The government sought to play down fears of a meltdown […]Read more

Chernobyl Birds Have Smaller Brains, Shorter Lives

Chernobyl Birds Have Smaller Brains, Shorter Lives
Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl disaster, research is showing that prolonged exposure to the remaining low-dose radiation has a serious impact on wildlife in the region. New research has found that birds living near Chernobyl have, on average, a brain 5 percent smaller than other birds of […]Read more
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