Breaking: New Fire at Reactor 4 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in Japan 15 Mar 2011 Another fire broke out at the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Wednesday, according to reports, citing Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco. The latest fire follows three explosions and one fire at the nuclear complex since last Friday, when a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country. A fire on Tuesday at the No. 4 reactor was reportedly the cause of a spike in radiation levels around the plant
Panicked residents start to flee Tokyo as radiation levels rise after THIRD blast at stricken nuclear power plant –Radiation leaking directly into the air from stricken Fukushima nuclear plant –Power station has now suffered three reactor explosions and one fire –One reactor core ‘exposed to the atmosphere’ through crack in containment wall –Radiation levels up to ten times higher than normal in Tokyo 15 Mar 2011 Scores of terrified residents began to flee Tokyo today as a nuclear power plant destroyed by the tsunami threatened to send a cloud of radioactive dust across Japan. The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant suffered a third reactor explosion last night, another reactor on the site caught fire – and officials today announced the wall of one reactor was cracked. Radiation levels have soared across the country as radioactive material spewed directly into the atmosphere while emergency crews fought to avoid a catastrophic meltdown. Levels of radiation were ten times higher than normal in the capital today, as experts warned that people in Japan could face an increased cancer risk even if the crisis does not deteriorate.
U.S. Navy Detects Radiation 200 Miles From Japan Nuclear Plant 15 Mar 2011 The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that very low levels of airborne radiation were detected at Yokosuka and Atsugi bases, about 200 miles to the north of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Fox News has confirmed that a small number of U.S. service members have been exposed to radiation Tuesday and are being treated with potassium iodide pills.
Japanese authorities impose no-fly zone above blast-hit nuclear plant 15 Mar 2011 The Japanese Transport Ministry declared a no-fly zone within the range of 30 km from the blast-hit Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant, the Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday. The ban does not include planes and helicopters involved in rescue efforts and delivering aid to quake-hit areas.
Powerful quake hits Shizuoka 15 Mar 2011 A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 jolted central Japan on Tuesday night. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the quake with an intensity of 6 plus on the Japanese seismic scale zero to 7 hit at 10:31 PM. The focus of the quake is in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture and is estimated to be at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Flu vaccine biotech gets $3.8M from DARPA –Medicago gets $21 million from US Department of Defense to make flu vaccines from tobacco plants 15 Mar 2011 (NC) Medicago, a biotechnology company that develops flu vaccines from tobacco plants, has received a milestone payment of $3.8 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This is the second payment from $21 million that DARPA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, has awarded to Medicago to develop scalable manufacturing of its plant-based Virus-Like Particles vaccine system. Medicago had received $10.7 million to date for the project. [Why is *DARPA* funding flu vaccine projects? See: Flu ‘Oddities’.]