Radiation accidents

June 27, 2020 - 10:42 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Nordic authorities say they detected slightly increased levels of radioactivity in northern Europe this month that Dutch officials said may be from a source in western Russia and may “indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant.” But Russian news agency TASS, citing a...
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FILE - This Feb. 28, 2017, file photo shows Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, N.Y. The 1,020-megawatt Unit 2 reactor at the Indian Point Energy Center along the Hudson River will close for good Thursday, April 30, 2020 and 1,040-megawatt Unit 3 will close in April 2021, as part of a deal reached in January 2017 between Entergy Corp., the state of New York and the environmental group Riverkeeper. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
April 29, 2020 - 12:08 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With the push of a red button, one of the two operating reactors at an aging nuclear plant serving millions of people in the New York City area will shut down Thursday night as federal regulators consider the owner’s proposal to sell it to a company that plans to demolish it...
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This photo released by Simon & Schuster shows "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster" by Adam Higginbotham, winner of the William E. Colby Award, given for an outstanding book on military or intelligence history. (Simon & Schuster via AP)
April 20, 2020 - 12:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Higginbotham's “Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster” has won a $5,000 prize. Higginbotham has received the William E. Colby Award, given for an outstanding book on military or intelligence history. The award, announced Monday, is...
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A forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka, in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, Sunday April 5, 2020. Ukrainian firefighters are laboring to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station that was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. (AP Photo/Yaroslav Yemelianenko)
April 17, 2020 - 7:44 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in the contaminated evacuation zone around the wrecked Chernobyl nuclear power plant has engulfed Kyiv, placing the Ukrainian capital near the top of the global air pollution index. The authorities said Friday that radiation levels in Kyiv have remained...
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In this photo taken from the roof of Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant late Friday April 10, 2020, a forest fire is seen burning near the plant inside the exclusion zone. Ukrainian firefighters are labouring to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station that was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)
April 14, 2020 - 1:44 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian emergency officials said Tuesday they have extinguished forest fires in the radiation-contaminated area near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but acknowledged that grass was still smoldering in some areas. Hundreds of firefighters backed by aircraft have been...
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April 05, 2020 - 8:20 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A forest fire is burning in the evacuated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and is causing elevated radiation levels, authorities said Sunday. The blaze has spread to about 100 hectares (250 acres), said Yehor Firsov, head of Ukraine’s state ecological inspection...
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FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, the Olympic Flame burns during a ceremony in Fukushima City, Japan. The Olympic flame is going to be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday, April 1, at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
April 01, 2020 - 7:31 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima. The public will have limited...
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A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 20, 2020 - 1:50 am
MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame on Friday completed its difficult journey from Greece to Japan. That signified a small, symbolic victory for the IOC and local organizers, who maintain the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 24 amid a chorus of doubters who believe they should be...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, observes a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's northeastern coast nine years ago, at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)
March 11, 2020 - 4:24 am
TOKYO (AP) — Some residents along the Japanese northern coast stood on roadsides overlooking the sea, offering silent prayers for their loved ones lost in a massive earthquake and tsunami nine years ago Wednesday. But in Tokyo and many other places around Japan, the day was being remembered without...
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Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a signing of a spending bill to combat the coronavirus, at the White House, Friday, March 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 06, 2020 - 5:35 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local to Seoul): 7:10 a.m. Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival. Mayor Steve Adler announced a local disaster as a precaution because of the threat of the novel coronavirus,...
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