The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11 last year took more than 20,000 lives, caused the evacuation of about 300,000 people, and set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The meltdowns of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors ended Japan's plans to produce half of its electricity through nuclear energy.
Twenty-six years after Chernobyl, one organization works with people who are still living with after effects.
Twenty-six years ago this week, a botched reactor safety test in a corner of what was then the Soviet Union set off the worst nuclear accident in history.
In the empty towns surrounding the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, piles of radioactive dirt serve as monuments to the difficulty of cleaning up the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
One year later, risky working conditions still plague the recovery effort at the site of Japan's nuclear disaster.
Japan's Prime Minister said Friday that a "cold shutdown" has been achieved at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a symbolic milestone that means the plant's crippled reactors have stayed at temperatures below the boiling point for some time.
Aerial video shows wreckage after the March 9.0 magnitude earthquake damaged the Fukushima power plant in Japan.
Japanese authorities are expected to announce Friday that a "cold shutdown" has been achieved at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility have discovered a leak of 45 metric tons of radioactive water, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company said in a statement Monday.
Japanese authorities have halted the shipment of rice from some farms northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after finding higher-than-allowed levels of radioactive cesium, local authorities said Thursday.
Have you ever visited a building that gave you the creeps? These 10 buildings around the world are guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine.
After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, campaigners from Schonau, Germany campaigned for control of their power grid.
A former teacher with no formal business qualifications, Ursula Sladek cuts an unusual figure as the head of a major electricity company.
A contentious crowd of Tokyo Electric Power Company shareholders showed up Tuesday for their first meeting since the March tsunami to grill company executives about the future of the embattled company, as well as nuclear energy in Japan.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday that it has temporarily halted the operation of a new cleanup system aimed at cleaning radioactive water in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant because of higher than expected radiation levels.
Japanese protesters took to the streets Saturday to demand safer energy as the nation marked the three-month anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that sparked the worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.
Workers entered a reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Thursday for the first time since a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami damaged the facility, its operator Toyko Electric Power Co. said.
Canadian photographer Donald Weber has been documenting the long-term effects of the Chernobyl meltdown since 2005. Originally an architect, Weber came to photography as a freelancer for the international press. After years of drifting through the post-Soviet landscape, shooting from the perspective of the skytalets (a traditional Russian wanderer), Weber has seen the reality of the area with an intimacy few outsiders have been granted.
VBS travels with photographer Donald Weber to Fukushima, Japan, to document the effects of the ongoing nuclear crisis.
Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster with a series of memorials and commemorations at Chernobyl.
Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, concerns remain about the safety of the site.
Twenty-five years ago, I was a Ph.D. student here in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, studying the fate of fallout in the North Atlantic from nuclear weapons testing, when an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear plant released large quantities of radioactive materials into the surrounding environment. My colleagues and I immediately joined other scientists tracking these radioactive contaminants, which in my case focused on the Black Sea, the closest ocean to the accident site.
Japan will likely need two to three more months to bring an end to the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a nuclear industry official said Saturday.
The image was horrific: A whimpering beagle, ribs showing through its fur, tethered to a post inside the no-go zone around the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
Japan raised the severity level of its nuclear crisis to the maximum level seven on Tuesday, putting the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster on a par with the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
Japan elevates the nuclear crisis there from a 5 to a 7, the same level as Chernobyl. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
The president of Tokyo Electric Power Company, the business at the heart of Japan's nuclear crisis, apologized again Wednesday, a day after the situation there was designated a Chernobyl-level nuclear accident.
CNN's Martin Savidge explores a fishing village destroyed by Japan's earthquake.
Japan's prime minister vowed to wind down the month-long crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant "at all costs" Tuesday after his government officially designated the situation there a Chernobyl-level nuclear accident.
U.S. stocks finished lower Tuesday, with all three major indexes losing about 1%, as a 3% drop in oil prices sparked a sell-off in energy stocks and Alcoa's sales disappointment weighed down the Dow.
U.S. stocks were headed for a weak open Tuesday, after Cisco announced impending job cuts, and Japanese officials raised the threat level at the Fukushima nuclear plant to the same as Chernobyl.
Japanese authorities Tuesday "provisionally" declared the country's nuclear accident a level-7 event on the international scale for nuclear disasters -- the highest level -- putting it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
I heard the news today, oh boy: The radioactive water leak at Japan's quake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor has been stanched. It's the first anniversary of the fatal Massey Energy coal mine explosion. And we're days away from the anniversary of Deepwater Horizon's explosion and sinking and the start of last year's months-long blowout ordeal.
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
Say it aloud: NUCLEAR. How does it make you feel? Many people have negative associations with the word, feelings that have been magnified since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled a power plant called Fukushima Daiichi in Japan on March 11.
Japan's alarm over radiation found in spinach and milk has also raised questions, given that little is known about its effect on the human body.
After the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, Soviet soldiers had to do the hard, potentially risky, cleanup job. Fears of radiation exposure, sickness and death were rampant. In the months after, however, it wasn't the rate of cancer that increased: it was the rate of suicide.
CNN's Stan Grant dispels some of the misconceptions and half-truths about radiation and how it spreads.
Seawalls surrounding a town in Japan were no match for a tsunami. NHK has more.
The recent events at one of Japan's nuclear energy complexes will renew the debate on the safety of nuclear power plants for generating our energy needs.
Mutated animal and plant life and a no-go area for humans - could the area around the Fukushima Daiishi nuclear facility become a radioactive hazard zone?
An American who was inside the Daiichi plant in Fukushima, Japan, talks with CNN's Brooke Baldwin.
There has been a lot of speculation about what impact the problems facing the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan will have on the future of the United States' nuclear industry.
Governments are taking precautions and conducting thorough inspections of Japanese food, which is popular worldwide and available at high-end stores around Asia, and specialty shops in Europe and the United States.
CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on how protected U.S. troops are in the Japanese nuclear zone.
The frightening disasters in Japan are mounting. Despite workers' Herculean efforts to prevent a complete meltdown at the country's earthquake-ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the situation appears to be growing more serious.
CNN Contributor Jim Walsh explains that the design of the troubled Japanese reactors isn't used in more modern reactors.
Experts disagreed Tuesday over just how bad things have gotten at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, but all of them agreed that things could get worse.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan as they cope with the fallout of a catastrophic earthquake, a horrific tsunami and the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
Japan's NHK network explains nuclear reactors and how the systems failed during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
The crisis at an earthquake-damaged nuclear plant in Japan continued Tuesday, as radiation levels rose to dangerous levels following an explosion at a third overheating reactor.
Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, talks about appealing for a nuclear "time out" in the U.S.
A spike in radiation and fears of potential meltdown at a Japanese power plant hit by the country's deadly quake and tsunami are raising concerns about the safety of nuclear energy.
A third reactor at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant encountered problems with its cooling mechanism Monday, triggering fresh fears of a meltdown that could leak dangerous amounts of radiation into the atmosphere.
Nuclear power has generally proved safe and nondetrimental to human health.
What do you do if you've been exposed to radiation? CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has details.
As I try to write this essay, there is another aftershock -- a mere magnitude 6.2 event near the coast of Ibaragi, about 100 miles north of Tokyo. This was the third one I felt this morning in my office in a 12-story building on the campus of University of Tokyo.
Fresh white smoke rose again Monday from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, caused by an explosion at a building tied to the facility's No. 3 reactor.
Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese ambassador to U.S., speaks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about a crisis at a nuclear plant in Japan.
"We're some days away from [Japan's damaged nuclear] plants being stable," says nuclear expert Malcolm Grimston.
Four nuclear power plants appear to have survived the 8.9-magnitude earthquake which rocked Japan Friday triggering a massive tsunami, according to Japanese authorities.
Ukraine has said it will this year lift restrictions on tourism around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, formally opening the scene of the world's worst nuclear accident to visitors -- but what is there for tourists to see?
Ukraine will open Chernobyl's exclusion zone to tourists. CNN's Diana Magnay takes a trip.
The abandoned ruins of the town of Pripyat near the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, at Chernobyl in northern Ukraine, have been crumbling away for almost a quarter of a century.
Ukraine says it will lift restrictions on tourism in the zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 2011, formally opening the scene of the world's worst nuclear accident to visitors.
Fires around a nuclear production facility in western Russia have been fully stabilized and a red alert on the situation has been dropped, the national emergency ministry said Wednesday.
A new study shows 77 million Bangladeshis are being exposed to water containing arsenic. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.
In previous episodes of The Vice Guide to Travel, we road-tripped through North Korea, shopped for dirty bombs in Bulgaria, and hunted mutant wild boars in Chernobyl. Little did we know that all of our harrowing journeys would leave us only semi-prepared for a recent trip to war-ravaged, godforsaken Liberia.
Four decades ago Stewart Brand opened The Whole Earth Catalog with a rollicking mission statement: "We are as gods, and might as well get good at it."
Of all the power supplies in the energy mix, nuclear has historically been the most criticized and controversial. But this most unpopular of power sources has recently resurfaced in political and economic dialogue.
If the companies that supply nuclear power plants are ready for a revival, the utilities that will operate the plants are champing at the bit.
When Goldman Sachs analysts suggested last week that oil could hit $200 a barrel, I expected someone somewhere to express horror at the possibility. But the reaction was a tiny, resignation-filled sigh. Relentless fuel-price increases have so exhausted consumers that we don't have the energy to be outraged anymore. So we feel helpless as we watch oil sprint past the $130 mark on its way to price-prohibitive territory and wonder whether it's too late to bring back the horse and buggy. Our sense of helplessness is an illusion: There are things we can do. We got ourselves into this mess, mostly through multiple administrations of politically comfortable but shortsighted decision-making. And inasmuch as we're willing to stand a little political discomfort, we can get ourselves out.
In the coming years we face an unprecedented challenge -- to provide the means for global prosperity, growth and stability from a radically different set of energy sources.
If you fix the cities, do you fix the problem? With 50 percent of the entire human race currently living in cities and responsible for emitting up to 80 percent of all global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions every year, they certainly don't seem a bad place to start.
Ralph DeSantis was home in bed before dawn on March 28, 1979 when his phone rang. It was his shift supervisor at Three Mile Island (TMI), calling from the plant. "'We have an emergency at Unit II and it's serious,'" is the first thing DeSantis remembers hearing. Then he heard the alarms going off.
While it didn't make the papers, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in 1986 spawned an army of zombies bent on destroying humanity.
Uranium has always been a hot commodity - literally. But in the past year the cost of the raw material inside nuclear reactors - and atomic bombs - has jumped nearly 100%.
While the U.S. hems and haws over reviving nuclear energy as a less expensive alternative to oil, Russia has dug back 30 years in our nuclear history to find a solution for some of its own energy woes: the floating nuclear power plant.
Bells tolled across Ukraine and the families of victims carried red carnations and candles Wednesday to mark the 20-year anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl.
A successful terrorist plot to crash a hijacked airliner into the Sellafield nuclear energy plant could cause hundreds of thousands of cancer deaths across the British Isles, experts have warned.
Google is a stock market rocket that's changing the world, Dell a 20th-century has-been that makes dumb black boxes. Which stock is the better buy? Moneymatics makes the case.
Attention, last minute shoppers: if you still have a couple of names on your gift list, swing by the bookstore. A couple of recent releases might just fit the bill.
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