Third worker dies at Fukushima nuclear plant
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A worker at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant died today, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said, bringing the death toll at the complex to three since a massive earthquake and tsunami in March.
The cause of the death was unknown. The man, in his 60s, was employed by one of Tokyo Electric's contractors and started working at the plant yesterday. He was exposed to 0.17 millisieverts of radiation today, Tokyo Electric said.
The Japanese government's maximum level of exposure for male workers at the plant is 250 millisieverts for the duration of the effort to bring it under control. Hamaoka nuclear plant successfully closed
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SHIZUOKA — The Hamaoka nuclear plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, was completely shut down Saturday following an unprecedented request by the government due to fears of a large earthquake hitting the area.
Chubu Electric Power Co. said it hopes to fire the plant back up soon after strengthening its tsunami defenses, but Gov. Heita Kawakatsu remains cautious about the idea. The central government said the suspension will last two to three years.
Chubu Electric finished work at 10:15 a.m. to stop atomic fission at the last active reactor, the No. 5 unit.
The utility began putting control rods into the reactor's core earlier in the day.
The No. 4 reactor, the other unit that was operating, was suspended Friday. The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors were already shut down for decommissioning, while the No. 3 unit was suspended for regular checkups.
The operator said it would bring the No. 5 reactor to a stable cold shutdown Sunday morning. The No. 4 unit entered a stable condition Friday night.