» 07/05/2012, 00.00
Fukushima "a man-made disaster"
The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission presents its report on the 11 March 2011 tragedy. Blame does not lie with the earthquake or the tsunami but with the "serious deficiencies in the response to the accident by Tepco, regulators and the government".
Government to help Tepco pay damages for Fukushima
A bill was adopted this morning to provide financial aid to help company meet tens of thousands of damage claims. It still needs parliamentary approval.
Fukushima leaks radioactive water. Government faces nuclear emergency
After the Japanese executive’s admission Tepco raises the situation of the eastern coasts of the country to a "level 3", or "serious accident". In recent days, more than 300 tons of radioactive water has leaked from a tank at the nuclear power plant affected by the earthquake of 11 March 2011.
Class action by 1,300 residents opens doors for prosecution in Fukushima disaster case
Prosecutors take aim at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), including its ex chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata. Human errors and negligence by company executives and safety officials are under examination. More than 30 individuals are being investigated. Company has not yet released a public statement.
Fukushima still out of control: months or years to return to normal
Radioactive levels in the sea close to the reactors 5 and 6 grows, while there are problems to reactivate the normal cooling system. A British expert says: "The complexity of the situation is certainly equal to that of Chernobyl."
Fukushima, for the first time a group of technicians enter the nuclear reactor
They will install a ventilation system to filter the radiation in the air and repair the cooling system damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. TEPCO says it will gain control of the situation within a year. Toll rises to 14 thousand.
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