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March 21, 2011

The nuclear power plants in Japan after the March 11 , 2011 earthquakes could become a major nuclear disaster.
Keep watching this page for updates and insights by Raymond Rouse on the issues from a nuke scientist's point of view.

Continuing Updates:

IAEA Status of Fukushima

INES Leaflet on Nuclear Accidents

Continuing Updates on Earthquakes around the world


April 30, 2012
Japan Physicians Demand Answers: 90% of urine samples contaminated with cesium in city 200km from Fukushima

April 29, 2012
33% of prized bird species disappears after summer near Fukushima — Those making it back “were in a poor condition” says New Zealand gov’t researcher

April 28, 2012
Video: Corium from Fukushima causing increase in radon-222?

Tokyo Suburb: Children playing on dirt with “huge amounts of radioactivity” — Includes alpha particles — Cesium levels so high it prevented identification of other isotopes (VIDEO)

April 27, 2012
Source: Black substance over 500 microSv/h detected 70km from Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTO)

Kyodo: Gov’t says 1,000s in Fukushima need “immediate psychological care” after filling out survey — Trouble sleeping and concentrating

April 26, 2012
NHK: “Unclear” whether any of Japan’s stopped reactors can be restarted

April 25, 2012
150km from Fukushima Daiichi: Radioactive plumes continued during summer — Fallout was re-suspended during daytime by daily convection due to sunshine

April 24, 2012
Book by Fukushima Worker: Bottom of Daini reactor may be ‘broken through’ — Rumors of possible explosion

Tepco to dump groundwater from under reactor buildings into ocean — Kyodo: 1,000 tons a day; “Tepco would check contamination level before releasing it”

Washington Post: Closing reactors causing a “mess” after “non-catastrophic” Fukushima crisis — Argues for building more nuke plants in US

Inspection sheds light on Fukushima torus

April 23, 2012
New Interview: Fukushima poses lethal risk to US West Coast, says Senator — Another bomb waiting to go off — Extreme nuclear vulnerability, especially in Reactor No. 4

Prime Minister Kan: Radiation disaster ‘would hit the world’ if Fukushima Daiichi was evacuated — ‘No longer a question of only Japan’ — Worry over current state of plant

April 22, 2012
HuffPo: Large amounts of radioactive materials could be deposited across 1,000s of miles if water lost at Fukushima fuel pool — Media just beginning to grasp that danger to world is far from over -Nuclear Expert

April 21, 2012
CNN: Fukushima Daiichi engineer says “we still don’t know what’s going on inside the reactors” — Cold shut down “wasn’t true then, and it’s still not true today”

April 20, 2012
MSNBC: Fukushima radiation “much higher than expected” says biologist — Negative effects to happen quicker than at Chernobyl… and be worse

Japan Gov’t: Monitoring shows relatively high radiation dose rate in Chiba ~200km from Fukushima; Tochigi, Gunma too — Necessary to continuously confirm accumulation and migration of radioactive substances

April 19, 2012
Deutsche Welle: 15 of Japan’s nuclear reactors are currently shut down due to damage

German state-run TV: “Reports from Japanese journalists confirm what anti-nuclear activists fear: the situation in Fukushima is much worse than gov’t is letting on”

April 18, 2012
Japan Times: The Titanic and The Nuclear Fiasco — “Catastrophic effects of Fukushima fiasco are more far-reaching and long lasting” — “Name has already become synonymous with disaster”

Study: “Increases in frequency of selective deaths due to mutations” as consequence of Fukushima — “Results suggest significant mortality costs of low-dose radiation” — 0.05 microSv/h considered contaminated

*Listen* Gundersen: As much cesium in No. 4 fuel pool as in all 800 atom bombs ever dropped — Fukushima would be at one place, at one time, and on ground level (AUDIO, 30 min.)

April 17, 2012
NHK: No spent fuel removal at No. 4 until Fall 2013 at earliest — Reactor building to be demolished (VIDEO)

Confirmed: 35-ton machine “sitting on top of the spent fuel rack in the pool” of Reactor No. 3 — Extent of damage not yet known (VIDEOS)

April 16, 2012
Book: Reactor No. 4 deformed in front of our eyes, says Fukushima worker — Walls morphed like special effects from movie — No large explosion, yet building destroyed

April 15, 2012
Tepco: Another thermometer breaks at Fukushima — Now only one left at bottom of Reactor No. 2 pressure vessel

April 14, 2012
Japan Times Headline: Machine fell into MOX spent-fuel pool -Tepco — “Highly dangerous mixed oxide fuel”

April 13, 2012
Kyodo: Tepco finds 35-ton machine fallen in No. 3 fuel pool — Appears to have dropped on nuclear fuel racks (VIDEO)

Tepco Press Conference: SFP No. 4 heat exchanger restarted — New photos released of debris inside SFP No. 3 — Reactor No. 1 temperature “started to rise noticeably” (PHOTOS)

Temperature doubles in a day at No. 4 Spent Fuel Pool (VIDEO)

April 12, 2012
Ex-Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Operator: Fuel rods still active and alive — Most worried about recriticality — Tepco must measure neutrons near core (VIDEO)

April 11, 2012
Gundersen: No. 3 fuel pool worse off than No. 4 — Mechanically it’s rubble, the pool is rubble — Nobody has even gotten near it yet (AUDIO, 30 min.)

Nuclear Expert: Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 likely to shatter or collapse onto its side in a M7.0 quake (AUDIO)

April 10, 2012
Radiation from Japan found in kelp off U.S. West Coast

Japan Magazine: Gov’t planning to build 88km wall around Fukushima evacuation zone

Goodard Journal’s analysis indicates steam explosion at Reactor No. 3 — NRC discussed steam explosion ejecting entire core (VIDEOS)

April 9, 2012
WATCH: Japan lawmakers warned about Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 during testimony of former ambassador (VIDEOS)

April 8, 2012
Fukushima will start burning radioactive waste — 100,000 Bq/kg to be incinerated — 1 billion pounds of debris in exclusion zone -Mainichi

*NEW* Goddard’s Journal: Did Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Pool Explode? (VIDEO)

April 7, 2012
MSNBC on Reactor No. 2: It is beyond human capability, “problem gets worse and worse and worse” — The really bad news is this is the good news, as they can’t even determine what is going on at Reactors No. 1 and 3 (VIDEO)

Report from Japan: Fukushima doctors can’t express anxieties about radiation or say things that are against what medical leaders decide to make public (AUDIO)

April 6, 2012
Osaka Mayor: Japan will collapse if reactors are restarted hastily — Asahi: New safety standards for restarts written in just two days

AP: US blasts tsunami ‘ghost ship’ with cannons — Sinks after multiple attempts — Huge column of smoke seen over gulf — Was to be salvaged, but “inspection showed the ship was not worth saving”

April 5, 2012
WSJ: Possible Fukushima Leak Renews Concerns About Plant’s Stability — AP: Officials say no ‘immediate’ health threat

Radiation Threatening Japanese Delicacies

April 4, 2012
Japan Gov’t Study: Fukushima radiation reached Alaska via ocean in under a month

Video shows dark smoke from Fukushima Daiichi blowing over Japan on Mar. 15, 2011 after explosion at Reactor No. 3

April 3, 2012
Forever: Iodine-129 “a growing radiological risk” — 15.7 million year half-life — Almost undetectable — Traveled along with iodine-131 from Fukushima — Concentrates in hotspots

April 2, 2012
Host says Fukushima Daiichi was on fire before tsunami hit (AUDIO & VIDEO)

April 1, 2012
Fukushima monthly fallout now 10 times higher than last September

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