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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


August 31, 2012
Gundersen: “I think Fukushima Daiichi released somewhat more radiation than Chernobyl” (VIDEO)

Underground cesium near Fukushima reactors increases the deeper samples get — Other locations tested are much different, with higher radioactivity on top

Nuclear Engineer: Removed fuel assemblies are NOT from spent fuel pool — New fuel kept in its own storage area — Not indicative of what’s going on in SFP (VIDEO)

August 30, 2012
Tepco: “Grit found in spaces between the rods” from Fukushima No. 4 fuel pool — Only a ‘visual examination’ after over a month

Fukushima Tapes in English: Daini workers needed emergency room after being at Unit 4 — Unable to decontaminate exposed people — “Plants are not safe” (VIDEO)

August 29, 2012
Japanese officialTepco: “Grit found in spaces between the rods” from Fukushima No. 4 fuel pool — Only a ‘visual examination’ after over a months report concerns about gamma rays being emitted from Fukushima plant debris

August 28, 2012
Japanese officials report concerns about gamma rays being emitted from Fukushima plant debris

Japan Newspaper: Hospitals refused to treat Fukushima plant workers

5 Weeks Later: Tepco begins checking fuel assemblies it removed from Unit 4 pool — Says no ‘major’ deformations so far

August 27, 2012
Physician: International medical community must immediately assist Japanese — Radioactive elements re-concentrate in various bodily organs

NHK: “Strong concerns” over 36% of Fukushima kids having thyroid lumps — Now testing outside Fukushima to begin

August 26 2012
Mainichi: “Nuclear devastation” for Japan, in peace time — Fukushima disaster “the same as war” -Buddhist Nun

August 25 2012
NHK: Mayor says work to remove radioactive substances “making no progress” (VIDEO)

August 24, 2012
Japan Nuclear Expert: Melted fuel may have gone through cement floor and into ground under Fukushima reactors — I don’t believe Tepco’s claim for one second — Where in the world is it? (VIDEO)

Reactor Specialist on Unit 3: “I can’t tell you if it’s a hydrogen explosion or a nuclear explosion” (VIDEO)

August 23, 2012
Japan Nuclear Professor: Fukushima smoke stacks releasing radiation on a daily basis (VIDEO)

Mainichi: Almost 20,000 becquerels of cesium detected inside Fukushima man — “This is not a level that would affect health” — Equals less than 1 millisievert per year?

August 22, 2012
Record radiation found in fish near Fukushima plant

Mainichi: “High-radiation jungle” developing in Fukushima mountains, forests — “A natural disaster will certainly occur” if situation continues

August 21, 2012
The 2Japan Professor: “An emergency within an emergency” at Fukushima plant — Tepco may be criminally liable for endangering workers0km area, 16th month

Report: Concern work not being done at Reactors 1-3 — Perhaps much longer than 50 years just to contain radiation

August 20, 2012
The 20km area, 16th month

Gundersen: Rapid insect mutations seen after Fukushima are frightening (VIDEO)

August 19, 2012
Jiji: Footage reveals Tepco made plans to evacuate Fukushima Daiichi

Mainichi Interview: “The reactors still continue to release radioactive materials” — “The gov’t needs to recognize the gravity of this situation”

August 18, 2012
NHK: “The unimaginable was happening” — Workers say part of Reactor 2 containment vessel destroyed — After alarming pressure readings, “we heard a loud bang… pressure is now zero” (VIDEO)

Gundersen: It’s almost “unimaginably unimaginable” how close we came to losing 14 nuclear reactors after 3/11 (AUDIO)

August 17, 2012
Japan gov’t concealed Reactor No. 3 explosion until just before it happened — Ordered that alarming spike of pressure inside containment vessel be kept from public

Fukushima Plant Volunteer: It’s not just an accident for Japan, but for people around the world — Pressure from U.S. is needed — Tepco can’t handle situation -Kyodo

August 16, 2012
Japan Times: Doctor warns suffering of Fukushima Daiichi workers could trigger accidents at plant — “Many confessed they have almost zero work motivation”

Plutonium releases from Fukushima plant highlighted in final sentence of butterfly mutation study

Japan Paper: Malformations in 10% of cotton worms from Fukushima town -Entomologist (PHOTO)

10 times more deformed worms in Fukushima town — Some have 2 abdomens, legs with necrosis, damaged feelers

August 15, 2012
Gundersen: Japan gov’t attempting to cover up health effects — A lot of deformities and cancers will be identified by citizens in next couple of years (AUDIO)

NBC: “It’s pretty clear something has gone wrong with the ecosystem” -Japan Researcher

August 14, 2012
Study: Japan nuclear disaster caused mutated butterflies

Japan video shows delay in using seawater to cool meltdown reactor

Photo after 3/11: “What looked like molten fuel leaking out of a gap at top of Reactor No. 1? (VIDEO)

Gundersen: We’ve got some never-before-seen video of Unit 4 coming out — “My conclusion is it’s really serious” (AUDIO)

August 13, 2012
Radio: Fukushima ranked Level 8 on newly developed nuclear scale, above Chernobyl (CHART)

August 12, 2012
NHK Documentary: “The worse-case scenario was unfolding” as Unit 3?s pressure reached its limit on March 14 (VIDEO)

August 11, 2012
Japan Newspaper: Tokyo area turned out to be as contaminated as Fukushima -Kyoto Professor

August 10, 2012
Fukushima fishermen battle to turn the tide on a crippled industry

Videos Shed Light on Chaos at Fukushima as a Nuclear Crisis Unfolded

August 9, 2012
Fukushima Plant Chief after 3/11: “Reactor 3, probably steam explosion, it just happened!” — NRC Chairman: Steam explosion “to reject an entire core”? (VIDEO)

August 8, 2012
Fukushima Watch: Highlights of Video From Inside Tepco’s Nuclear Crisis Center

Nuclear Expert: Fukushima explosions could have actually blown holes through containment vessels (Harvard Video)

Tepco Official on Unit 3: “We don’t know if it was really a hydrogen explosion”

Why Fukushima Workers Are Facing Threats and Stigma

August 7, 2012
Tepco’s Fukushima Footage: “Worst-case scenario” to unfold in 2 hours if nothing is done — 1.5 hours later all fuel rods exposed at Reactor No. 2 — Official mentions evacuation soon after

August 6, 2012
AP: Fukushima Daiichi workers could try to sabotage plant, warns their doctor

Radioactive cesium reported in Kellogg’s cereal from Japan — Almost 20 becquerels per kilogram (PHOTO)

August 5, 2012
July 2012: Fukushima Man has 20,000 becquerels of cesium in body — Wife has 10,000 Bq

Canadian Nuclear Expert: Reactor is releasing 200 trillion becquerels of tritium every year — Becomes a part of your body and all living things — Gives off beta particles which produce damage that can result in cancer (VIDEO)

August 4, 2012
Tepco Admits “Serious Problem”: Fukushima plant worker ‘forgot’ to wear dosimeter — Almost over radiation limit in just 2 months — Had been working at Unit 4

August 3, 2012
Former Fukushima Daiichi Worker: My best guess is explosion had to blow lid off pressure vessel at Reactor 1

Worker confirms Tepco taking weekends off at Fukushima Daiichi

August 2, 2012
Tepco planning to float balloon inside Reactor 1 in early August — Inspecting top floor with spent fuel pool

NHK: Criminal inquiry into nuclear accident begins — Fukushima disaster “a criminal act by the gov’t and Tepco”? — Multiple prosecutors coordinating investigation

Fukushima weather forecast giving out radiation levels

August 1, 2012
Two workers fall ill while at Reactor 3, transported to hospital in ambulance — Both had altered consciousness

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