World stock markets slide on Japan panic

Global stock markets fell sharply on Tuesday as the panic gripping Japan in the wake of its catastrophic earthquake and tsunami spread around the world. The FTSE 100 fell almost 200 points, reaching 5592 at…

European countries meet on nuclear policy

European energy ministers, and nuclear experts, are meeting to coordinate EU’s policy, in the light, of Japan’s nuclear crisis. The EU Energy commissioner, questioned, what future role nuclear power should have. Shocked into action by…

China not affected so far by radiation

The nuclear radiation from Japan is not expected to affect China in the immediate future, according to weather experts. Meteorological authorities say the radioactive substances won’t pose a threat in the next three days after…

Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor

But the type of containment vessel and pressure suppression system used in the failing reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant is physically less robust, and it has long been thought to be more susceptible to failure in an emergency than competing designs. In the United States, 23 reactors at 16 locations use the Mark 1 design, including the Oyster Creek plant in central New Jersey, the Dresden plant near Chicago and the Monticello plant near Minneapolis.