Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday a monitoring camera showed "something like steam" coming out of the No. 3 reactor building at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in the morning, but noted it has not seen any significant change in radiation levels.
A worker first noticed around 8:20 a.m. from camera footage that vapor was rising from the central area of the fifth floor of the building -- just above the reactor's primary containment vessel -- and it had not stopped as of 12:30 p.m., the plant operator said.
It has confirmed that water injection into the stricken reactor and its spent fuel pool is continuing stably. The temperature of the vessel stood at 38 C as of 5 a.m., it said.
Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit. (seattletimes.com)
The eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan has revealed serious holes in efforts to ensure the safety of tourists and local residents near volcanoes, gaps that can be remedied only through more communication between local governments and the country's climate agency. (Nikkei)
Police in Tokyo said Saturday they have arrested a 24-year-old clerk at the Tokyo District Court and a 39-year-old employee of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on suspicion of molesting a woman in her 20s on the subway. (Japan Today)
The summit of Mount Fuji for the first time has been successfully photographed in far-away Kyoto Prefecture, one of 20 prefectures where, given the right conditions, the mountaintop can be viewed. (Japan Times)