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Japan masks giant statue of Buddhist goddess to pray for the end of coronavirus pandemic

Workers scaled a giant statue of a Buddhist goddess in Japan to place a custom-made mask on her face, an act meant to be a prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic. It took four workers three hours to carry the massive mask on ropes up the 57 metre high white statue of the Buddhist […]

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South Korea’s fishing community intensify protests over Japan’s Fukushima water plan

The fishing community in South Korea intensified their protests against Japan after it announced last month to release more than a million tonnes of wastewater from the Fukushima disaster into the Pacific Ocean. Activists have practically camped out in front of the Japanese embassy, with dozens of different groups demanding Tokyo reverse course, invoking environmental […]

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Japan to release more than a million tonnes of contaminated Fukushima nuclear water into ocean

Japan approved a plan to release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. The water will be treated and diluted so radiation levels are below those set for drinking water. Tokyo says work to release water used to cool nuclear fuel will begin in about […]

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7.2 magnitude Earthquake jolts Japan, triggers brief tsunami warning

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Japan off the coast of Ishinomaki, a city located just 65 miles from Fukushima, the site of a devastating 9.0 magnitude quake 10 years ago. Latest information from USGS shows the earthquake has a depth of 54 kilometers. A tsunami warning was issued earlier Saturday but has now been downgraded […]

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Japan Earthquake: Powerful 7.3 magnitude quake hits off the coast of Fukushima, dozens injured

A strong 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday, injuring dozens of people and triggering widespread power outages. Thankfully no major damage was reported and no tsunami warning was issued. The epicentre was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 60 km, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It […]

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Greenpeace warns of damage to human DNA from contaminated water of Fukushima nuclear plant

Contaminated water from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant contains a radioactive substance that has the potential to damage human DNA, a report by Greenpeace says. In its report Stemming the tide 2020: The reality of the Fukushima radioactive water crisis released on Friday, Greenpeace claimed the contaminated water contained “dangerous levels of carbon-14”, a radioactive substance […]

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Fukushima’s one million tonnes of contaminated water to be released into sea: reports

Nearly a decade after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s government has decided to release over one million tonnes of contaminated water into the sea, media reports said on Friday, with a formal announcement expected to be made later this month. The decision is expected to rankle neighbouring countries like South Korea, which has already stepped […]