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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


January 31, 2012
Asahi on "unusual" Fukushima information: Reactor No. 5 had inadequate quake protecton- Official to conduct thorough investigation after Tepco found no "clear damage"

January 30, 2012
Local governmant survey: Deteriorating health reported by residents- 60% affected after fleeing radiation- were 40km from the plant

Impossible? Worst-case scenario prompted government to send reinforcements to Fukushima plant

Scientists studying effects of radiation on flora, fauna in Fukushima

Japan's emissions rising after nuclear crisis

January 29, 2012
Tepco: Frozen water ruptures pipes at Fukushima plant- cooling system stops at spent fuel poll no.4

Asahi: Sources say about 1,000 kinds of radiation materials released from Fukushima reactors

January 28, 2012
Top Tokyo doctor dealing with nuclear workers demands government step in at Fukushima plant for safety reasons

January 27, 2012
CNN: Outrage as animal carcasses litter region around Fukushima plant

Journal: Unprecedented phenomenon from using saltwater in Fukushima reactors- forming new uranium compounds able to travel long distances......

January 26, 2012
16 of Japan's top pro-nuke experts: "We deeply apologize to the public" for the Fukushima crisis

January 25, 2012
Fukushima exclusion zone a ghost town

Japanese officials peep damaged Fukushima reactor, catch a glimpse of gamma rays

January 24, 2012
NHK:Tepco says increase of radioactive releases is from workers going in and out of Reactor 2

Tepco admits radiation from Fukushima increasing- Now releasing 70,000,000 Bq/hr- Reactor 3 leaking most

January 23, 2012
NHK: No records of government meeting on Fukushima- Decided evacuation zones, food restrictions, more- Violation of law- Also missing for metting with Tepco

January 22, 2012
Japan Times: Radiation problelms will continue for a very long time- Complete disclosure needed- Nuclear issues have come home to roost- Praise for Nuke-free conference in Yokohama

January 21, 2012
Report: Concern Reactor 2 will not last long enough to begin removing melted fuel- PCV wall very corroded

January 20, 2012
8 trillion Becquerels of cesium found in pit of water at Reactor 2

Japan nuclear professor warns melted fuel may NOT be covered by water at Reactor 2

MAINICHI: Japan now looking to Chernobyl info for help dealing with human health effects of nuclear meltdown- will enable government to implement "effective measures"

January 19, 2012
Radiation, rusty metal seen in tsunami hit reactor

Fukushima worker: Camera can resist 1000 sieverts, today it was broken- Spots on images show radioactivity- Tepco yet to measure radiation level

Kyodo: Camera endoscope enters inside Fukushima Reactor No. 2- Difficulty finding melted fuel?


January 18, 2012
Mainichi: Highly radioactive gravel used at local schools- Anger and anxiety spreading

January 17, 2012
Government to probe radioactive apartment block

Cesium fallout in Fukushima spikes again- highest levels since day after New Year's quake

Just in: Another Fukushima cleanup worker dies- found collasped after removing radioactive soil

Spent fuel pool cooling systems at Fukushima Daiichi and Daini stopped after power supply problem

January 16, 2012
NHK-3.75 sieverts per hour was detected far aboue reactor 3 by helicopters dumping water on March 16

Fukushima reactor designer: Meltdown would have likely occurred WITHOUT tsunami- serious investigation on horizon? NYT

NHK: Radioactive homes being built in Japan- Government admits no radiation standards set

January 15, 2012
Mainichi: Nuclear scientist/Nagasaki survivor cancelled Fukushima press conference because government worried about causing widespread fear

Japan official: Fukushima nearly as serious as being attacked by nuclear weapons- If facts were known citizens might have left Tokyo (video)

January 14, 2012
Governmants refuse to provide funds to research Fukushima- "Virtually zero monitoring"- "Disconcerting how big of an event Fukushima was and how little date are out there"

January 13, 2012
Report: Radiation levels double within 20 days of decontaminatioin by Japan forces

Radiation levels spike in Miyagi milk- highest since March

French nuclear expert warns against trip to Fukushima City- for Louvre artwork- decontaminating would be a complex operation

January 12, 2012
Kyodo: Worker at Fukushima Nuclear Plant dies

January 11, 2012
N-zones may keep 25,000 from home

JiJI: 5 billion Becquerels of Beta radiation in 10 liters of decontaminated water- includes strontium and cesium

January 10, 2012
Watch: 10-fold spike in Fukushima radioactivity discussed at TEPCO press conference- I suppose it was blown up by wind says spokesman

UPDATE: Fukushima worker in coma- TEPCO trying to determine accumulated radiation dose

January 9, 2012
Just In: Fukushima DAINI reactor has broken containment vessel, says Tokoyo professor- probablly caused by quake, not tsunami

Noda presses Fukushima to accept waste storage plan

January 6, 2012
Fukushima worker concerned about withdrawal from plant-Japan nuke companies shifting staff away

January 5, 2012
Over half of claimants yet to receive compensation from TEPCO

Report: 3 quakes right underneath Fukushima nuke plant- JNN live camera down immediately after- No word from
TEPCO, Government

January 4, 2012
Fukushima Whistleblower: container vessel melting like honeycomb

Japan Experts: Unknown if radiation will decrease over time- may rise again as highly contaminated debris comes from mountains

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda: Fukushima area will see rebirth

January 3, 2012
Tepco: Recent quake caused water level drop in tank next to spent fuel pool no. 4

IEEE: Fukushima unprecedented in scope- situation appeared utterly beyond human control

No- man's land attests to Japan's nuclear nightmare

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