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Developments in Japan's disasters, nuclear crisis

Mar 27, 2011 1:42:00 PM - thestate.com
- UTILITY APOLOGIZES FOR ERROR IN RADIATION DATA. The operator of Japan's stricken nuclear plant reports that radioactivity in water in the Unit 2 reactor tested 10 million times higher than normal, forcing the evacuation of workers and delaying efforts to bring the complex under control. But hours later it says the number is inaccurate and apologizes. Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it is unsure when new results from another sample will be available. It is struggling to pump contaminated water from four troubled units at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which was damaged by Japan's massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japan's nuclear safety agency says each unit could have hundreds of tons of radioactive water.

- DEATH TOLL EXCEEDS 10,500. The official death toll from the earthquake and tsunami stands at 10,668, with more than 16,574 people listed as missing, police say. Some overlap between the figures is likely.

- TINY AMOUNTS OF RADIATION FROM JAPAN REACH NEVADA. Minuscule amounts of radiation from the damaged nuclear plant have reached Las Vegas, but scientists say it poses no health risk.

- FORD TO IDLE BELGIAN PLANT FOR 5 DAYS. Ford Motor Co. says it will idle an auto plant in Belgium for five days, trying to conserve supplies of Japanese parts that could run low following the earthquake and tsunami.

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