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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes southwestern Iran

Apr. 18, 2021 05:59 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook southwestern Iran along the Persian Gulf on Sunday, followed by over a dozen aftershocks, state TV reported. At least five people were injured, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported. State...

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

Apr. 13, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. It's a move that's fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan's neighbors. The...

Today in History

Apr. 12, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2021. There are 263 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm...

Japan regulator bans nuke plant restart over lax safeguards

Apr. 07, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant that was destroyed in a 2011 disaster said Wednesday it will accept a penalty imposed by regulators over sloppy anti-terrorism measures at another nuclear plant it runs, a step that will prevent its desperately sought restart of the...

Strong quake shakes Japan; minor injuries, no major damage

Mar. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Saturday off northern Japan, shaking buildings even in Tokyo and triggering a tsunami advisory for a part of the northern coast. No major damage was reported, but several people had minor injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey put...

Timeline of Japan's triple disasters 10 years ago

Mar. 10, 2021 08:50 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster along its northeastern coast. Here is a timeline of events: ___ March 11, 2011 — A magnitude 9.0 earthquake strikes off the coast at...

Torch relay among final hurdles for postponed Tokyo Olympics

Mar. 10, 2021 05:19 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic torch relay is yet another hurdle for the postponed Tokyo Games. It kicks off in two weeks from northeastern Japan, and any stumble could sow more doubts about the risk of holding the Olympics in a pandemic. A year ago, the Olympics were...

Japan seeks 'recovery of people's hearts' decade after quake

Mar. 09, 2021 21:54 PM EST

TOMIOKA, Japan (AP) — Ten years after Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, the lives of many who survived are still on hold. On March 11, 2011, one of the biggest temblors on record touched off a massive tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people and setting...

Germany gives nuke plant operators $2.9B for early shutdown

Mar. 05, 2021 11:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it has agreed with four utility companies that they will receive a combined 2.4 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in compensation for the early shutdown of their nuclear power plants. Germany is on course to phase out the use...

Fukushima chief: No need to extend decommissioning target

Mar. 04, 2021 13:28 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant says there's no need to extend the current target to finish its decommissioning in 30-40 years despite uncertainties about melted fuel inside the plant's three reactors. Ten years after meltdowns of three of...