The president of the beleaguered Tokyo utility company that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant leaking radiation in the northeast has been hospitalized with high blood pressure, the company said Wednesday.
Japan's government vowed Tuesday to overhaul nuclear safety standards once its radiation-leaking reactor complex is under control, admitting that its safeguards were insufficient to protect the plant against the March 11 tsunami.
Workers discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex as emergency crews struggled to pump out hundreds of tons of contaminated water and bring the plant back under control.
U.S. naval barges loaded with fresh water sped toward Japan's overheated nuclear plant to help workers who scrambled Saturday to stem a worrying rise in radioactivity and remove dangerously contaminated water from the facility.
The official death toll from Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami passed the 10,000 mark Friday and was still climbing two weeks after the magnitude-9 quake struck off the northeastern coast and unleashed a cascade of disasters.
Workers are racing to bring the nuclear plant under control, but the process is proceeding in fits and starts, stalled by incidents like the smoke and by the need to work methodically to make sure wiring, pumps and other machinery can be safely switched on.
Two units at Japan's stricken nuclear plant safely cooled down Sunday, though pressure unexpectedly rose in a third unit's reactor and traces of radiation was found in more foods, further shaking an already uneasy public.
In preparation for Thanksgiving, this past week has been one of the highest in terms of production in the history of a local business. For nearly eight decades, the Umpqua Dairy has been a leading producer in dairy products consumed daily on the west coast.
In a place where country roads slice through fields that seem to go on forever, dairy farmer Jack Gourley does what he can to survive. Across the nation, dairy families like Gourley are watching their life savings disappear.