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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, 2013
BBC website links to report claiming ocean is ‘boiling’ in front of Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTOS)

August 30, 2013
Nuclear Consultant on CNN: “Nobody knows how far the molten fuel went through containment” at Fukushima — “Challenges of unprecedented complexity”

August 29, 2013
Bloomberg: Japan gov’t needs to understand crisis at Fukushima is a matter of life and death — ABC Interview: “They are slowly killing us… They know full well it’s leaking, but they’ve done nothing” (AUDIO)

August 28, 2013
Fukushima Leak Upgraded To Level 3 Severity

Japan Fukushima toxic water leak a Level 3 'serious incident'

August 27, 2013
Nuclear Official: Tepco made Fukushima plant into a “machine for generating radioactive water” — Runoff from molten atomic cores now in groundwater, ocean — ‘Air cooling’ should be used

August 26, 2013
Fukushima Operator TEPCO Calls For Foreign Help As Crisis Worsens

Local Gov’t Official in Fukushima: “One day the world will sue Japan for this” (VIDEO)

TV: “The Japanese are part of a massive non-consensual experiment on radiation exposure” — “Everywhere now is radioactive, we can’t escape it,” say Fukushima locals at beach (VIDEO)

Experts: Fukushima leaks “much worse” than authorities will admit — Disturbing questions confront Japan as leader visits Middle East to push nuclear

August 25, 2013
Contamination now spiking in seawater off Fukushima plant — Asahi reports up to 18-fold increase in a week

Alaska Newspaper: Concern Fukushima nuclear waste is tainting our salmon — Worried about impact on humans — Scientists urged to conduct tests

August 24, 2013
“Ultimate, worst-case scenario” underway at Fukushima? New York Times: Experts suspect intense contamination is seeping out from under melted-down reactors and into Pacific — Will surpass even the leaks from disaster’s early days

Nuclear Experts: Portion of Fukushima’s molten fuel believed to have “moved into earth” — Melted cores contacting groundwater may be cause of recent spike in radiation levels -CTV

August 23, 2013
Official Chinese Press: Fukushima contamination is “serious international environmental issue” — Crisis concerns the core interests of people who share the planet

Japan Professor: Fukushima crisis is leading to surge in thyroid cancers… First signs of health catastrophe — NHK: Trend seen in new cancer tests is ‘suspicious’ (VIDEO)

August 22, 2013
Fukushima: Cosmic rays may peer into nuclear reactor, assess damage

New York Times: “Potential for huge spill” of highly radioactive liquid from many Fukushima tanks at same time, says nuclear design expert — Top Officials: Leaks from more tanks are “the biggest concern… We are extremely concerned”

NYT: Fears of environmental calamity from Fukushima disaster — Japan Nuclear Expert: It’s getting worse… People all over world need to be informed… first case in history where so much contaminated water flowing in ocean

August 21, 2013
Japan to issue most serious Fukushima nuclear warning in two years

Japanese fishermen face new setback with latest Fukushima leak

Reuters: Crisis deepening at Fukushima nuclear plant; Upgraded to ‘Level 3 Serious Incident’ — Represents a 100-fold increase in “severity of a radiological release” — Tepco says highly radioactive leakage continues, but unknown where from


August 20, 2013
Crippled Fukushima nuclear plant: 300 tons of radioactive water spilled

More Than Two Years After Meltdown, Doubt and Fear Remain Over Fukushima’s Safety

August 19, 2013
NHK: Fukushima workers irradiated — Radiation alarm sounds — “No immediate signs of illness” (VIDEO).

August 18, 2013
Wall St. Journal: Unknown where Fukushima’s nuclear fuel went; Even if found, they don’t know how to get it out — RT: No one knows where the three 100-ton blobs are

August 17, 2013
CBS News: Young kids playing at beaches “far too close” to Fukushima nuclear plant — Father: I do worry about radiation, but data says it’s ‘safe’ just 22 miles from leaking reactors (VIDEO)

August 16, 2013
Bloomberg: Tepco now in talks to cover Fukushima reactors with concrete for next 75 years — Officials reviewing plan in U.S.

August 15, 2013
TV: Many U.S. sailors are suffering serious symptoms of radiation sickness — Contaminated by Fukushima nuclear plant — USS Ronald Reagan was as close as a mile away as reactors melted down (VIDEO)

August 14, 2013
Fukushima Nuclear Plant Cleanup In Japan Approaches Dangerous Operation

August 13, 2013
TV: They are turning ground into quicksand at Fukushima plant — Engineers warn reactor units may topple (VIDEO)

MSN: Nuclear experts call for testing U.S. West Coast waters and Pacific seafood for Fukushima contamination — “I definitely recommend FDA and EPA increase their vigilance”

August 12, 2013
10 exposed to radiation at Japanese nuclear plant

Fukushima Workers: Another accident is inevitable — There’s always risk of another explosion, I fear that a lot (AUDIO)

August 11, 2013
FDA “paying attention to the leaks” at Fukushima — “Do not worry about radioactive fish” — Will test seafood “as needed”

Tepco: We’ve known for 2 years that massive amount of water flows under Fukushima plant — Official “unable to explain” why they kept secret (VIDEO)

August 10, 2013
TV: Very likely some of Fukushima’s melted cores have moved into the earth — “It’s beyond containment right now” (VIDEO)

“Japan Gov’t in Chaos”: Completely out of control at Fukushima — Melted reactor cores contaminating Pacific with full range of radioactive material (VIDEO)

August 9, 2013
Twice as much contaminated water entering ocean from Fukushima as officials claim? Japan Gov’t: 600 tons of groundwater enters ocean each day at plant — NYTimes: Tepco’s figures assume ALL water entering ocean from plant is contaminated (VIDEO

August 8, 2013
Asahi: Huge island made of “contaminated soil and rubble” proposed off Fukushima coast — Place for disposal of radioactive debris — “Measures will be taken to prevent adverse impact on ocean”

August 7, 2013
Japan says Fukushima leak worse than thought, government joins clean-up

Mystery objects with high radiation found on Fukushima coast

NYTimes: 400 tons of highly radioactive water going into Pacific each day from Fukushima plant, says Tepco — Top Nuclear Regulator: This is a crisis

August 6, 2013
Vice Governor: “Emergency situation” at Fukushima; Tepco has increased risk of further leaks; Wants Japan gov’t to take over — NHK: Officials make ‘emergency visit’ to damaged nuclear plant (VIDEOS)

August 5, 2013
Fukushima Leak Is An 'Emergency,' Watchdog Official Says

Fukushima Unit No. 3 steaming — Lasted more than four hours today — Observed ‘intermittently’ over past 13 days

August 4, 2013
Kyodo: ‘Radiation crisis’ at Fukushima plant — Toxic water entering sea for years — “Tainting ocean and marine life”

August 3, 2013
Japan’s First Astronaut: Gov’t lies about Fukushima disaster — Vital info on radiation risks kept from public to “maintain law and order”

August 2, 2013
Asahi: Tepco’s done nothing for over 2 years to stop highly radioactive Fukushima leak — Water above 1 sievert per hour — Admits work “has not been done to this day because of difficulties involved”

August 1, 2013
‘Water Storage Nightmare’: Bolts in Fukushima tanks will corrode in just a few years, plant workers reveal — “Tepco says it doesn’t know how long tanks will hold” -Reuters

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