Fukushima Nuke News
Trying to aggregate broad coverage of the responses and not individual situation updates. Cultural differences in risk perception are also important Mar 18
A damaged reactor building at the Fukushima power plant where an electricity failure has left spent nuclear fuel rods without fresh cooling water. Photograph: Tepco/EPA Four fuel storage pools at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have been without fresh cooling water for more than 15 hours due to a power outage. The plant's operator has said it is trying to repair or replace a broken switchboard that might be the problem. The 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the plant's power and cooling systems, causing three reactor cores to melt and fuel storage pools to overheat. Fukushima loses cooling power | Environment
One fish, a greenling measuring 38 cm in length, was contaminated with 740,000 becquerels per kg - more than 7,400 times the recommended government limit regarded as safe for human consumption. Record levels of radiation found in fish near Japan's Fukushima plant
Noriko Hayashi for The Washington Post via Getty Images Ocean still suffering from Fukushima fallout
I remember going to bed one night when I was 11, seriously afraid I would not be alive in the morning. The Rise of Nuclear Fear–How We Learned to Fear the Radiation | Guest Blog
TOKYO (AP) — One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and much less water to cool it than officials had estimated, according to an internal examination that renews doubts about the plant's stability. A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor's containment chamber for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago. Very high radiation, little water in Japan reactor
One Year Later: A Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Timeline
1 Year Later, What Does Fukushima Mean for Nuclear Research? | Guest Blog Map of nuclear power reactors in the USA (image from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - http://www.nrc.gov) How does a Canadian-American professor of uranium mineralogy living in the unassuming American Midwest respond to the one-year anniversary of Fukushima?
The crisis that unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after Japan's megaquake and tsunami is rewriting the nuclear safety guide. The European Union, for instance, has ordered a risk assessment of all nuclear power plants in its member states. These assessments are supposed to consider each plant's ability to withstand a full range of potential hazards – from earthquakes and floods to plane crashes and terrorist attacks. The Japanese disaster did bring some positive news. The reactors along Japan's Pacific coast suffered no serious damage from the earthquake, even though its magnitude exceeded the worst-case scenarios assumed in their designs. Fukushima's fate inspires nuclear safety rethink - tech - 09 March 2012
Fukushima's dirty inheritance - opinion - 09 March 2012 A YEAR on, the world is still feeling the effects of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated eastern Japan. The dual catastrophe is estimated to have killed almost 20,000 people. Yet it is the consequences of the subsequent partial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which has so far killed no one, that have reached furthest. Of most immediate relevance are the lessons we have learned - or rather, had reiterated - about how to make nuclear plants safer.
Japan's Post-Fukushima Earthquake Health Woes Go Beyond Radiation Effects Health::News::March 2, 2012:: ::Email::Print Heart disease and depression are likely to claim more lives than radiation after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, experts say By Katherine Harmon
Japan too slow in Fukushima health checks-rights group By Yoko Kubota TOKYO, March 6 (Reuters) - A year after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan's government is still too slow in providing health checks and information to residents, leaving them confused and suspicious of authorities, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. "A year on, we are really not seeing basic health services being offered in an accessible way and we are not seeing accurate, consistent, non-contradictory information being disclosed to people on a regular basis," Jane Cohen, a researcher at the New York-based rights group, told Reuters. "People have to at least be equipped with accurate information so that they are evaluating their situation based on real facts."
Associated PressMonitoring radiation at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant this week. Sizing Up Health Impacts a Year After Fukushima
Patterns of tsunami damage in areas such as Kesennuma, northeast of Fukushima, reveal wave behaviour that could be used to improve defences. Scientists report back from Fukushima exclusion zone
Radioactive caesium found in milk powder Updated Wed 7 Dec 2011, 6:42am AEDT
The fallout from the radiation leak at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor in Japan may be less severe than predicted. Radiology researcher Ikuo Kashiwakura of Hirosaki University, Japan, and colleagues responded immediately to the disaster, travelling south to Fukushima prefecture to measure radiation levels in more than 5000 people there between 15 March and 20 June. Radiation levels in Fukushima are lower than predicted - health - 16 November 2011
Fukushima investigation reveals failings | World news Japan's response to the nuclear crisis that followed the tsunami in March was confused and riddled with problems , a report has revealed. The disturbing picture of harried workers and government officials scrambling to respond to the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was depicted in the report, detailing a government investigation. The 507-page interim report, compiled by interviewing more than 400 people, including utility workers and government officials, found that authorities had grossly underestimated tsunami risks, assuming the highest wave would be six metres (20ft).
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