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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, 2013
Japan gov’t intervening at Fukushima nuclear plant — Will take over measuring radiation levels — Top official “questioned accuracy of Tepco’s data on contamination”


July 30, 2013
Radio: Fukushima Daiichi has “contaminated the biggest body of water on the planet” — Radioactive leaks to harm marine and human life — Whole Pacific Ocean likely to have cesium levels 5-10 times higher than at peak of nuclear bomb tests (AUDIO)


July 29, 2013
Kyodo News: Extremely contaminated water is seeping into Pacific Ocean from under Fukushima Reactor No. 2 turbine building — Tepco: We believe ir’s staying in trench

July 28, 2013
WSJ: Extreme contamination found at Fukushima plant — Cesium over 2 billion Bq/liter; Millions of times above limit — Tepco ‘trying’ to stop it leaking into ocean — ‘Probably’ from melted reactor core

July 27, 2013
Officials: Gas is likely leaking from containment vessel of Fukushima Reactor No. 3 — “It was observed as the steam”

July 26, 2013
‘Mysterious’ steam at Fukushima Unit 3 — NPR: “Fuel could have shifted… or worse restarted nuclear reactions” — Tepco: “We still don’t know for sure the cause” (AUDIO)

July 25, 2013
Fukushima Unit 3 steaming again, third time in a week — Asahi: High radiation levels detected near where it was observed — Tepco does not know where it’s coming from (PHOTOS)

July 24, 2013
BBC: It’s boiling somewhere inside Fukushima Unit No. 3 — Reactor supposed to be in cold shutdown — Situation ‘worrying’

Senior Japan Officials: Nuclear material flowing into ocean a ‘grave matter’ — Situation at Fukushima is ‘deplorable’ (VIDEO)

July 23, 2013
Gundersen: Fukushima tanks releasing x-rays in very high quantities offsite — Exposure to people outside plant is very, very high from ‘Bremsstrahlung’ phenomenon — Hundreds of tanks could easily start leaking after quake (VIDEO)

Japan Times: ‘Fears marine life is being poisoned’ by nuclear material flowing from Fukushima — Experts warn of ‘festering radioactive sore’ contaminating food chain — Tepco flip-flop ‘shocking’

July 22, 2013
AP: Tepco admits radioactive water is flowing into Pacific from Fukushima plant — AFP: Experts warn of effects on humans; “Fears of ocean contamination”

July 19, 2013
‘Fukushima cancer risk surges’ — Ongoing saga at nuclear plant ‘dangerously murkier’ — Over 10 times more workers suffered cancer-inducing radiation doses than Tepco admitted

July 19, 2013
AFP: Steaming Fukushima reactor is ‘baffling’ — Tepco: We still don’t know what caused it and are currently investigating

July 19, 2013
Japan Biologist: Radioactivite contamination from Fukushima disaster is most reasonable explanation for butterfly deaths and abnormalities — “I think maybe this is a very touchy issue, politically”

July 18, 2013
25 times as many people in Fukushima area developed thyroid cancer after disaster — Japan Expert: My heart breaks greatly that those U.S. servicemembers suffered radiation exposure

Fukushima nuclear plant: Steam seen at reactor building

July 17, 2013
MSN publishes report on ‘freaky’ fruits and vegetables said to be from areas around Fukushima nuclear plant (PHOTOS)

July 16, 2013
TV: Rat poison offered when entering Fukushima exclusion zone — “Vermin have the run of the place – mammals presumably suffering radiation illnesses to varying degrees” (PHOTOS)

July 15, 2013
NHK: Concern over highly contaminated fish caught 100 kilometers from Fukushima plant — Most radioactive marine product detected in over 2 years (VIDEO)

July 14, 2013
TV: Fukushima plant is hemorrhaging radioactivity — “Scariest part of all is they don’t know where it’s coming from” — The big mystery is why contamination is coming out now in such a hurry (VIDEO)

July 13, 2013
NYT: Fukushima plant leaking for past 2 years? Japan Times: Groundwater is reaching sea — Reuters: Growing alarm, problems mounting — Official: If you have solutions, we’d like to know — WSJ: No ‘immediate’ health threat

July 12, 2013
Japan kids ingesting pieces of Fukushima fuel rods? Expert: Mystery black substance “very likely contains concentrated unburned nuclear fuel” (VIDEO)

July 11, 2013
Japan Expert: New radioactive leaks from Fukushima Reactor No. 2 may be underway; Concern about ‘vertical streams’ — Tepco: Impossible to completely prevent it from spreading (VIDEO)


July 10, 2013
Masao Yoshida Dead: Former Chief Of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Dies At 58

July 9, 2013
Officials report “troubling discovery” at Fukushima nuclear plant: Cesium levels rocket 9,000% over 3 days in groundwater — Tepco “can’t explain it” (VIDEO)

July 8, 2013
WSJ: Soaring radioactivity levels on coast of Fukushima plant — Nuclear material may have leeched from melted fuel cores and into environment

July 7, 2013
Tokyo Professor: Situation of Fukushima Reactor No. 2 is ‘beyond imagination’ — Worker: Undoubtedly it’s the most serious problem at plant… We are clueless

July 6, 2013
Interview: Fukushima Reactor No. 4?s problem is not only its nuclear fuel pool! — Pit filled with highly radioactive materials

July 5, 2013
Asahi: Highest cesium levels in a year detected in Fukushima — 1,780,000 Bq/kg on downtown rooftop

July 4, 2013
Rat causes equipment breakdown at Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant

July 3, 2013
Fukushima plant will burn radioactive waste — Incinerator to run ‘around the clock’ — Includes building materials, clothing


July 2, 2013
“Reality in Fukushima”: Actual conditions within crippled reactors remain unknown — Japan likely unable to cope if there’s another similar accident -Asahi


July 1, 2013
Groundwater closest to ocean is most radioactive at Fukushima plant — Official: Highly likely it’s leaked into Pacific — Levels “soared” in sea over last few months

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