Cooling water levels have fallen in two reactors at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant since a powerful earthquake hit the area last weekend, indicating possible additional damage, its operator said Friday. New damage could further complicate the plant’s already difficult decommissioning process, which is expected to take decades. Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Keisuke Matsuo said the drop in water levels in the Unit 1 and 3 reactors indicates that the existing damage to their primary containment chambers was worsened by Saturday’s magnitude 7.3 quake, allowing more water to leak. The leaked water is believed to have remained inside the reactor buildings and there is no sign of any outside impact, he said.
Philadelphia Inquirer 19th Feb 2021 read more »
AP 19th Feb 2021 read more »
Daily Mail 19th Feb 2021 read more »
The Tokyo High Court has ordered the Japanese government to compensate people who evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture following the 2011 nuclear power plant accident. The decision reverses a lower court ruling that ordered only the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, to pay damages to the plaintiffs. The high court found both parties liable. The suit was filed by people who fled to Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo. Friday’s ruling was the third made by a high court in response to lawsuits filed by groups of evacuees, and the second one that found the central government liable.
NHK 19th Feb 2021 read more »
Japan Today 20th Feb 2021 read more »