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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


July 31, 2012
I think they will get to point of throwing concrete on Fukushima reactors and coming back in 300 to 500 years -Gundersen (VIDEO)

Japan and US now working together to ‘decommission’ Fukushima Daiichi — First meeting was last week

57-year-old former chief of Fukushima plant had brain hemorrhage after becoming ill while out last Thursday — “Symptoms are serious” says Tepco — Hemorrhagic syndromes increased 9-fold after Chernobyl

July 30, 2012
Gundersen: A ton of plutonium was in each Fukushima reactor — Host shocked (VIDEO)

Gundersen: Powdered nuclear fuel laying outside containment at Reactor No. 2 (VIDEO)

July 29, 2012
NHK Interview: “It’s time for us to take action against the government” (VIDEO)

Japan anti-nuclear groups protest at parliament

July 28, 2012
Asahi: Fukushima nuclear disaster is affecting every region of the world – Japanese Professor

Experts fear Japan reactor’s strength is failing — Findings triggered immediate concern — “I just don’t understand yet why the transition temperature is so high” says NISA panel expert

July 27, 2012
In JapEx-Fukushima Daiichi Worker: “There are leaks everywhere” — Tepco portraying situation in best possible lightan, a nuclear ghost town stirs to life

July 26, 2012
In Japan, a nuclear ghost town stirs to life

Japan Times Editorial Board: “Irreparable damage” from nuclear disaster — One wonders whether piping can be ok when hit by strong quake — Many questions remain unanswered after investigations

Video of Ex-Fukushima Chief: Reactor 3 debris flew into control room after explosion — Workers ‘saints in hell’ — “Thought he could have died”

July 25, 2012
Retired Fukushima engineers coming to US to ask for help — Will meet with lawmakers, visit major cities

July 24, 2012
Fukushima report casts doubt on other nuclear plants' disaster preparations

Japan investigating if Fukushima workers hid radiation exposure

July 23, 2012
Nuclear Worker: There’s been some people dying, you

July 22, 2012
AP: Fukushima radiation cover-up “believed to be part of a widespread practice at the plant”

Japan Gov’t Officials: “Infinite” damage can be caused by a nuclear power accident -NHK (VIDEO)

July 21, 2012
Fukushima Daiichi workers ordered to cover dosimeters with lead plates (PHOTO)

July 20, 2012
Asahi: Fukushima meltdowns seen by many in Japan as nation’s great debacle — Worse than atomic bombings

Removed fuel assemblies 100 times more radioactive than normal — Tepco worker thinks it’s from before 3/11

July 19, 2012
Fukushima “was almost Biblical” says top US nuclear official — Horrifying… “It’s forever changed me”

WSJ speculates: “Is process of emptying the Unit 4 pool starting?” — Will Tepco continue taking out more racks? — Law forbids disclosing when nuclear fuel is moved

July 18, 2012
NHK admits “the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi is still ongoing” (VIDEO)

*News Flash* NHK: Fuel rod removal process underway at Unit 4 (VIDEOS)

Radio: Radiation from Fukushima disaster going nowhere fast — Levels can change a 100 times just crossing the street — No useful data being published by gov’t (AUDIO)

July 17, 2012
Bloomberg: Fukushima fallout may be deadlier than predicted, says Stanford study — 10 times worse if weather was different — A lot more to it than just cancer-related health effects -Author

In wake of Fukushima, Japanese village goes all-solar

July 16, 2012
Tens of thousands demonstrate against nuclear power in Japan

Mayor: Debris fell from the sky after Unit 1 explosion — I thought it might be the end — Many people were still in town and everybody stopped talking for a moment (VIDEO)

Kyodo: Alarms go off at Japan nuke plant trying to restart — Rise in pressure at No. 4 reactor’s primary coolant system

July 15, 2012
Watch: Former NYTimes journalist goes inside no-entry zone, reports radiation levels over 10 times higher than Tepco’s data (VIDEO)

July 14, 2012
Analyst on Fukushima Reactors: What’s happening with the corium? Where is this? — Not good that I’ve read very little about it (VIDEO)

July 13, 2012
Fukushima Evacuee: Everyone is worried… there’s no end in sight — Decontamination is impossible — If they’re not careful more people are going to start killing themselves (VIDEO)

NHK: Fuel rods to be removed from No. 4 fuel pool — Concerns about sea water damage — Special container so fuel doesn’t going critical — Test date not revealed ‘for security reasons’

July 12, 2012
Official Fukushima Report Blames Japanese Culture, Not Nuclear Power

3 workers suffer cardiac arrest at Japan waste incineration plant — 49 microSv/hr found in scrap last month — Doctor associates with Cesium-137 exposure

Japan Nuclear Expert: Extensive areas in Kanto should evacuate if they want to be protected from radiation — Gov’t abandoned the people there

Tepco releases labeled image indicating location of No. 3 Spent Fuel Pool (PHOTO)

July 11, 2012
Camera to be lowered into Unit No. 3 by crane (PHOTO)

July 10, 2012
Caldicott: I think some of the Fukushima plant workers exposed to very high levels of radiation have died — There’s a coverup there by Tepco and gov’t, so we don’t know what’s really going on (VIDEO)

July 9, 2012
Gundersen: Essentially Northern Japan is Contaminated (VIDEO)

*Just In* Study: Contaminated water from Fukushima reactors could double radioactivity levels of US coastal waters in 5 years — “We were surprised at how quickly the tracer spread” (PHOTO & VIDEO)

July 8, 2012
Caldicott: “We’re talking about a disaster of unbound proportions” from Fukushima Daiichi — 2.5 to 3 million deaths a possibility (VIDEO)

Nuclear Engineer Concerned About Unit 4 Support Structure: Is it going to just punch through the floor and through cracks? — What is the load transferred to? Something that’s also flimsy? (VIDEO)

July 7, 2012
Gundersen: Latest probe at Unit 1 indicates nuclear fuel has left containment (AUDIO)

Gov’t Report: Reactor 3 may have had second meltdown a week after first

July 6, 2012
Fukushima Daiichi Employee: Shortage of nuclear workers is becoming real — More and more companies to close as personal dose limits are exceeded

Fukushima Response Hearing: The accident brought the worst scenario — A melt-through

Kyodo: Fukushima plant still at “very high risk” — “A dangerous situation because of its fragile structure” -Commission Chairman

July 5, 2012
NRC Official: 90% chance that containment vessels used at Fukushima would “burst” from fuel melting down

Japan parliament releases Fukushima report: Disaster was “clearly manmade” — Evidence quake damaged safety equipment, not tsunami

Japan panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster 'man-made'

July 4, 2012
WSJ: Fukushima Daini “still receives lots of radioactive fallout from Fukushima Daiichi”

Tepco: We are focused on ensuring Unit 4 is kept in a stable condition and fixing the three other units… at Fukushima DAINI

Interview: I fear radiation and so does everyone in my community — Decontamination has gone nowhere after a year (VIDEO)

Japan utility repairing reactors near Fukushima

July 3, 2012
Japanese Nuclear Expert: Containment vessel at Reactor No. 2 likely seriously damaged by quake on 3/1

July 2, 2012
Tokyo Professor: Cesium detected in urine of Fukushima infants “definitely has no effect on human body”

I’m being approached all the time by scientist having great difficulty getting their Fukushima Daiichi-related reports published because of industrial pressure -Gundersen (VIDEO)

Kyodo: Highly contaminated fish detected in Fukushima rivers and lakes — Up to 25 times legal limit

July 1, 2012
Kyodo: Cesium detected in Fukushima children’s urine

Tepco: Cooling system back on at Spent Fuel Pool No. 4

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