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  • Lethal radiation levels but no melted fuel found in Fukushima reactor water

    03/23/2017 9:08:23 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 28 replies
    Tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has shown a radiation level enough to kill a person within 40 minutes
  • Cleaner Robot Pulled From Fukushima Reactor Due to Immense Radiation

    02/10/2017 4:05:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 2/9/17 | Mari Yamaguchi
    A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely caused by high radiation levels. It was the first time a robot has entered the chamber inside the Unit 2 reactor since a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami critically damaged the Fukushima Da-ichi nuclear plant. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it was trying to inspect and clean a passage before another robot does a fuller examination to assess damage to the structure and its fuel. The second robot, known as...
  • Northern Hemisphere Potentially In Great Danger, Fukushima Radiation Spikes To ‘Unimaginable’ Levels

    02/08/2017 5:55:27 PM PST · by Tours · 123 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 2-5-2017 | Michael Snyder
    Radiation inside one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power facility has reached an “unimaginable” level according to experts. Because so much nuclear material from Fukushima escaped into the Pacific Ocean, there are many scientists that believe that it was the worst environmental disaster in human history, but most people in the general population seem to think that since the mainstream media really doesn’t talk about it anymore that everything must be under control. Unfortunately, that is not true at all. In fact, PBS reported just last year that “it is incorrect to say that Fukushima is under...
  • Radiation at Japan's Fukushima Reactor Is Now at 'Unimaginable' Levels

    02/08/2017 5:03:45 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 89 replies
    The radiation levels at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are now at "unimaginable" levels. Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple-meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered. He said the radiation levels - as high as 530 sieverts per hour - are now the highest they've been since 2011 when a tsunami hit the coastal reactor. "To put this in very simple terms. Four sieverts can kill a handful of people," he explained. He said that critics, including the U.S. military in 2011, have long questioned whether Tokyo Electric...
  • Fukushima’s Reactor #2 is far more radioactive than previously realized

    02/03/2017 7:32:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Extreme Tech ^ | 2/3/17 | Joel Hruska
    Earlier this week, Tepco, the Japanese company in charge of cleanup operations at Fukushima Daiichi, seemed to be on the verge of announcing rare good news. Specifically, the company had found some of the fuel debris associated with the failure of Reactor #2 at the bottom of the reactor’s containment vessel. Locating the damaged reactor’s fuel (or what’s left of it) is critical to the clean-up effort.What the company ultimately discovered, however, is that the amount of radiation pouring off the damaged reactor below the reactor pressure vessel is 530 sieverts per hour, vastly higher than had previously been communicated....
  • Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor

    02/03/2017 3:01:42 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 72 replies
    Japantoday ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NA
    A record radiation level has been detected inside the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, with the estimated reading of up to 530 sieverts per hour, the plant operator said Thursday. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, highlighting the difficulties ahead as the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. grope their way toward dismantling all three reactors that melted down in the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The plant operator also announced that based on an image analysis, a 1-square-meter hole has been found on a metal grating beneath the...
  • No Sign of Japan-Related Radiation Found in Alaska Waters

    01/11/2017 6:25:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KOB4 ^ | January 11, 2017
    State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster at a Japanese power plant. More than 16,000 people were killed in 2011 after Japan's 9.1-magnitude earthquake, which led to nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since then, U.S. and international agencies have been conducting tests to determine the health of marine life along the U.S. and Canada, KTVA-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2iZxoG5). Testing regions in Alaska include the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea, Bristol Bay, the Gulf of...
  • Trump Could Fuel A Nuclear Energy Boom In 2017

    12/07/2016 7:35:19 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 12-07-2016 | James
    With Trump at the helm, sentiment gives way to practicality in the energy industry. For the vast untapped potential of the nuclear energy industry and the uranium that feeds it, this could contribute to a market-disrupting revival that no longer bows to fear and the politics of economy. While there have been some oversupply issues keeping uranium prices down, the bigger problem has been negative sentiment rather than real fundamentals, but the Trump presidency will see through that. Trump’s take on nuclear energy is quite simple. As he noted after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan: “If a plane goes...
  • TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED AFTER QUAKE OFF FUKUSHIMA IN JAPAN

    11/21/2016 2:17:24 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 11/21/16
    TOKYO (AP) -- An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3 has struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in Japan. A tsunami warning for waves of up to three meters (10 feet) has been issued. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the quake struck around 6 a.m at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Fukushima prefecture is north of Tokyo and home to the nuclear power plant that was destroyed by a huge tsunami following an offshore earthquake in 2011.
  • Tokyo earthquake reports - Japan prelim magnitude 7.3 - off Fukushima

    Tsunami advisory has been issued (for Fukushima Prefecture ... also for Aomori, Iwate , Miyagi, Ibaraki, & Chiba Prefectures) Residents have been urged top leave the Fukushima coast
  • Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot'

    09/24/2016 3:11:18 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 22 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | September 24th 2016 | Laura Connor
    Full Title: "Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot' as visitors get set to don radioactive suits" "The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is set to become a bizarre new tourist attraction, as people flock to visit the radioactive exclusion zone."
  • {snip}Eerie images inside Fukushima's exclusion zone five years after the nuclear disaster

    07/13/2016 6:25:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    More than five years after the devastating tsunami and the 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck north-eastern Japan, causing the explosion of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, the Japanese town remains abandoned. Since April 22, 2011, an area within 20km (12.4miles) radius of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant has been cordoned off from the public and listed as the red exclusion zone. But now, Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong has entered into the exclusion zone to capture these eerie images. ... Among the locations Loong explored during his time there was an empty shopping centre with outlets full of merchandise dating back...
  • Get Ready to March For … Nuclear Energy? (San Francisco)

    06/21/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Tue, Jun 21, 2016 | Max DeNike
    March for Environmental Hope A real thing, Jimmy. If truth is stranger than fiction, it should come as no surprise that Friday marks the start of the first-ever pro-nuclear power march — probably in world history — and it all starts in San Francisco. The March for Environmental Hope, a four-day trek from the City by the Bay to Sacramento, is being pitched as a family-friendly event — and in this case that means more than funnel cakes and bounce houses. Organizers are hoping to tug on the collective heart strings of America by making this about the children, as...
  • Pro-Nuclear March In San Francisco To Protest Closing Of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

    06/21/2016 2:26:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 21, 2016 | James Conca
    Now that many environmentalists and climate scientists have realized that nuclear energy is essential for addressing global warming, a coalition of environmental groups is sponsoring a multi-day March for Environmental Hope in California in support of nuclear power
  • Deal will close California's last nuclear plant by 2025

    06/21/2016 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2016 10:43 AM EDT
    California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups announced the agreement on the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which sits along a Pacific Ocean bluff on California’s central coast. Environmentalists had pressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for years to close Diablo, given its proximity to seismic faults in the earthquake-prone state. …
  • Nuclear power ‘far from dead’ as U.S. sees startup of first reactor in 20 years

    06/15/2016 10:36:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | June 14, 2016 4:32 p.m. ET | Myra P. Saefong
    Launch unlikely to boost uranium prices in near term************************************************ The U.S. saw a nuclear reactor come online this month for the first time in 20 years, and more are set to follow—proving that nuclear power is alive and well in a post-Fukushima disaster world.
  • Wild radioactive Fukushima boars breed like rabbits, ravage local countryside

    04/06/2016 6:50:18 AM PDT · by protest1 · 57 replies
    RT.com ^ | 6 Apr, 2016 | Petras Malukas
    Northern Japan is raising an alarm, as the area surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear disaster zone has been overwhelmed by radioactive wild boars, whose population has increased dramatically over the past 4 years, as they breed freely in the exclusion zone. With the number of animals steadily growing, the boar population has been devastating the crops of farms in the area. Since the nuclear disaster of 2011, damage to agriculture caused by boars in the Fukushima prefecture has doubled, amounting to some $15 million, according to a report from The Times. Boars also pose a threat to public safety, as reports...
  • Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation

    04/04/2016 5:48:30 AM PDT · by dennisw · 24 replies
    huffingtonpost ^ | 04/01/2016
    Five years after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still picking up the pieces. The nearly mile-long structure consists of underground pipes designed to form a frozen barrier around the crippled reactors. • The $312 million system was completed last month, more than a year behind schedule. • Nearly 800,000 tons of radioactive water are already being stored onsite. Japanese authorities have activated a large subterranean “ice wall” in a desperate attempt to stop radiation that’s been leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for five years. The wall consists of a series of underground refrigeration pipes meant to...
  • Ice Wall at Fukushima Plant Switched on, but Will It Work?

    03/31/2016 1:52:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 31, 2016 | Mari Yamaguchi
    The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully control it. The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, hinge of the success of the wall.
  • Terrorists have the 'means, knowledge and information' to create a nuclear bomb warns UN atomic…

    03/25/2016 8:43:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:38 EST, 25 March 2016 | Imogen Calderwood
    Terrorists have the “means, knowledge and information” to create a nuclear bomb, the head of the UN atomic watchdog has warned in the wake of the Brussels attacks. The warnings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano come just days before world leaders meet for an important summit against “nuclear terrorism”. “Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded,” Mr. Amano told AFP. “Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear security.” […] “Dirty bombs will be enough to [drive] any big city in the world into panic,” Mr. Amano...