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Indonesia earthquake, Fukushima meltdown and more

Indonesia earthquake: Tsunami warnings and deaths confirmed as 7.9 tremor hits south-east Asia


Tsunami warnings have been issued by national authorities around the Indian Ocean after a shallow 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the southwest coast of Sumatra island in Indonesia. The US Geological Survey, which initially reported the tremor at 8.2 magnitude, said the massive earthquake hit at 12.49pm GMT at a depth of just 10km (six miles), some 600km (370 miles) off the coast…


Executives from Fukushima nuclear disaster indicted

Three former Japanese executives from the Fukushima nuclear utility have been formally charged with negligence. They are the first to go to criminal court over the incident. On Monday, Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, reported that a group of court-appointed lawyers had indicted Tsunehisa Katsumata, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) when the meltdown occurred, along with two other TEPCO executives. The three men have been officially charged with negligence but were not detained by police. Three reactors underwent meltdowns after an earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on Japan’s eastern coast in March 2011, immensely damaging the facility. The meltdowns caused massive radiation leaks and tens of thousands of workers and nearby residents were forced to flee…


Fukushima meltdown announcement made months late

The reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant hit by a devastating tsunami in 2011 should have been announced much sooner, the operator admitted this week. In a statement, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said that a public declaration of the meltdown should have been done within days of the disaster. It did not reveal that a meltdown was taking place for almost two months…




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