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Japan TV dioramas of stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are dissonantly adorable. (screengrabs from NHK, courtesy IZ RELOADED) During a live broadcast yesterday, the Japanese television network NHK unveiled a hand-crafted scale model of the damaged Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Japan TV dioramas of stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are dissonantly adorable

Like the cardboard infographics their nuclear experts have been pointing to on-air since the nuclear crisis began, this diorama is a key part of their news presentation, a visual aid of sorts. There is nothing cute or cool about the multiple disasters that have struck Japan: the earthquake and tsunami have already claimed at least 5,000 lives and perhaps many more; tens of thousands are already known to be missing or displaced. The still-unfolding nuclear accident is serious, and could have grave consequences for Japan. But the miniature models of Fukishima, a word that now inspires fear and iodide pill hoarding in people around the world--well, they are so cute, as one person said on Twitter today, you almost want to adopt one. There is something comforting about them.

I.Z. Radiation levels spike in Tokyo; capital still safe, Ishihara says. Radiation reached around 20 times normal levels in the capital Tuesday morning, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said, while offering the assurance this reading posed no immediate risk to human health and that the public should remain calm.

Radiation levels spike in Tokyo; capital still safe, Ishihara says

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Q&A on the Nuclear Power Stations

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Nuke Plant Crisis Worsens as Radiation Levels Rise

[UPDATE: 5:46 PM EST: Japanese authorities announced that radiation inside the stricken Fukushima power plant control room has risen to 1,000 times its normal level. Some has leaked outside of the plant, prompting calls for further evacuations beyond the 3,000 people who have been cleared out already in a 1.8-mi. radius. Water injected into Fukushima reactor. Authorities scrambled Sunday to control an overheating reactor at the problem-prone Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by injecting seawater and venting gas to reduce the pressure inside.

Water injected into Fukushima reactor

While acknowledging that the core of the plant’s No. 3 reactor may have overheated and deformed, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano denied it led to a meltdown of the critical fuel rods. At a news conference, Edano said that “a very small amount” of radioactive substances had leaked from the No. 3 reactor, dismissing concerns it posed a threat to human health.

The government’s top spokesman warned, however, that a hydrogen explosion similar to the one that blew up a building housing a separate reactor at the facility Saturday could occur again at this reactor. Large amounts of hydrogen formed when the water injection procedure temporarily ran into trouble and may have filled the upper part of the building housing the No. 3 reactor, Edano said. Energy map provided - Yahoo! News Photos. Japanese nuclear reactor in peril after deadly earthquake, tsunami off coast. Japanese authorities began evacuating more than 200,000 people Saturday from areas around two nuclear power plants after an explosion at one of them damaged a building housing an aging U.S.

Japanese nuclear reactor in peril after deadly earthquake, tsunami off coast

-supplied reactor. The unit, built 40 years ago by General Electric, is one of as many as seven reactors imperiled by the earthquake and subsequent disruptions in the power supply that the reactors use for cooling systems. One nuclear worker was killed, at least six were injured and two were missing at the plants in the aftermath of Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the blast Saturday afternoon, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the Fukushima I and II nuclear power stations. The company said it was taking steps to relieve pressure that has built up in seven of the plants' 10 reactor containment vessels. It said this would be done through a "partial discharge of air containing radioactive materials.