Fukushima

Reports from Fukushima five years later – part 1

As the fifth anniversay of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan approaches, Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education, is on a tour of the affected areas measuring radioactivity, listening to reports of those who survived and providing…

‘Fukushima fingerprint’: Highest-yet radiation levels found off US coast

The changing values underscore the need to more closely monitor contamination levels across the Pacific.’ by Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams Radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan has been detected at an increased number of…

Near-total meltdown of Fukushima reactor 2 confirmed

Researchers say between 70 and 100 percent of fuel inside reactor 2 melted during 2011 disaster by Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams At least 70 percent of nuclear fuel inside one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi…

Radioactive floods recontaminate Japan

Last week a serious typhoon hit eastern Japan creating flooding that has not occurred for at least 50 years. Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator and owner of the triple meltdown site Fukushima Daiichi, admitted that drainage pumps at Fukushima…

Demystifying nuclear power: the Fukushima toilet overflows

Japan just can’t seem to catch a break as extreme forces in nature repeatedly buffet the island. Efforts are currently underway to coax former Nahara residents, evacuated during the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown, to return to their…

Fukushima – maybe in a hundred years?

Background September 14, 2015 Prime Minister Abe is eager to convince the nation and the world that the Fukushima crisis is over, even though the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown will take at least 40 years, and despite…

‘Historic step towards nuclear-free Japan’: Maverick judge forbids restart of 2 nuclear reactors

A local judge has placed an injunction on the re-opening of two nuclear reactors at Japan’s Takahama plant, even though it had passed the country’s new post-Fukushima safety checks. “The new regulations are not reasonable, therefore there is no need…

Q&A: “Fukushima Accident Still Ongoing After Three Years”

By Fabiola Ortiz Fabíola Ortiz interviews MYCLE SCHNEIDER, nuclear energy consultant RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 20 2014 (IPS) – It has been three years since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan. But the consequences are still ongoing due to continuous…

Ex-Japanese PM on How Fukushima Meltdown was Worse Than Chernobyl & Why He Now Opposes Nuclear Power

Three years ago today a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast, resulting in an unprecedented nuclear crisis: a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. As Japan marks the anniversary with continued uncertainty…

U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Democracy Now! Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The tsunami’s immediate death toll was more than 15,000, with close to 3,000 still missing.…

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