Japan: Radiation Leak: Shades of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl? – Nuclear Agency Reports Emergency At Another Reactor – Ministers Ignored Safety Warnings Over Nuclear Reactors – Fear Of Nuclear Meltdown After Explosion at Fukushima Reactor – Evacuees Scanned For Radiation Exposure

Japan’s radiation leak: Shades of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl? (Christian Science Monitor)

Japan nuclear agency reports emergency at another reactor (Los Angeles Times)

Japan struggles with nuclear reactors in wake of quake (CNN)

Exodus near Japan nuclear plant (BBC News)

Japan’s TEPCO preparing to release radiation from second reactor (Reuters)

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant faces new reactor problem (Reuters)

Sea water applied to quell damage at Japan nuclear reactor (Monsters and Critics)

Official: 2 Japanese plants struggling to cool radioactive material (CNN)

Japan earthquake: Officials say nuclear catastrophe averted (Christian Science Monitor)

–  Japan ministers ignored safety warnings over nuclear reactors (Guardian):

Nuclear power plants in Japan have a “fundamental vulnerability” to major earthquakes, Katsuhiko said in 2007. The government, the power industry and the academic community had seriously underestimated the potential risks posed by major quakes.Katsuhiko, who is professor of urban safety at Kobe University, has highlighted three incidents at reactors between 2005 and 2007. Atomic plants at Onagawa, Shika and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa were all struck by earthquakes that triggered tremors stronger than those to which the reactor had been designed to survive.

Japan fears nuclear meltdown after explosion at Fukushima reactor (Guardian):

Physicists feared second explosion would create radioactive cloud as residents panicked, jamming city’s exit roads.

Japan earthquake: nuclear disaster feared after power plant ‘explosion’ (Telegraph)

Tokyo Electric Power loses control of pressure at 2nd nuclear plant (Reuters):

(Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power said it had lost its ability to control pressure in some of the reactors of a second nuclear power plant at its quake-hit Fukushima facility in northeastern Japan.

Pressure is stable inside the reactors but rising in the containment vessels, a spokesman said, although he did not know if there would be a need to release pressure at the plant at this point, which would involve a release of radiation. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Edmund Klamann)

World watches nervously as Japan struggles with nuclear reactors (CNN)

Japan quake live blog: People being tested for radiation exposure (CNN)

Nervous Japan quake evacuees scanned for radiation exposure (Reuters)

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