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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


September 30, 2012
Japan Engineer: Radiation doses at Fukushima Daiichi to increase dramatically in several years – “But no one talks about that” (VIDEO)

September 29, 2012
Japan Newspaper: Fukushima Daiichi worker reports developing cancer

September 28, 2012
Gundersen v. Tepco: Watch audience uproar after official says “there’s nothing in the fuel pool to burn” (VIDEO)

September 27, 2012
Japan TV: Large jump in temperature at Fukushima Reactor No. 1 gauge (VIDEO)

September 26, 2012
Former Japanese Ambassador: No single weapon competes with potential damage from Fukushima Unit 4 — Nuclear reactors potential ‘super bombs’ (VIDEO)

NYTimes: Eerie fog of silence around Fukushima plant — First surprising thing is there’s no sound in no-go zone -Photographer (PHOTOS)

September 25, 2012
Report: Radioactive black substance found 230 km from Fukushima plant — “It seems to be everywhere” (PHOTOS)

September 24, 2012
Cesium rises by Reactors 5 & 6 discharge — At highest level in months

Japan Gov’t Nuclear Experts: Airplane crash affecting Fukushima spent fuel pool a key security issue for future

Airplane air filters coming back from Australia were contaminated with Fukushima radioactivity in months after 3/11 (VIDEO)

September 23, 2012
Many children playing sports on field with radiation dose over 5 millisieverts per year (PHOTO)

September 22, 2012
Watch: 25-foot-long metal beam drops into Reactor No. 3 pool at Fukushima — Not clear if any fuel rods have broken — Could further complicate removal efforts (VIDEO)

Japan TV: “Grave mistake” that crane knocked beam into No. 3 fuel pool — Checking for fuel damage with camera soon (VIDEO)

September 21, 2012
Photos: Adults volunteer Japanese students “for decontamination in contaminated area” — Mounds of disaster debris

“Too Absurd”: Fukushima Nuclear Worker Filmed at Plant for Two Months over Summer (VIDEO)

September 20, 2012
Japanese source warns clothing retains radioactive contamination — Closets, wardrobes register highest levels

High distress seen in Japanese nuclear plant workers

September 19, 2012
Kyodo: Radioactive water reached 3,200 kilometers east of Fukushima six months ago

Japan Scientists: Radiation dose has been “significantly increased” around Tokyo metropolitan area after Fukushima

September 18, 2012
Study: Radioactive tin-113 from Fukushima reactors detected over 200 kilometers away

“Fukushima radioactive plume contaminated entire Northern Hemisphere during a relatively short period of time” — Map: Fukushima air mass hit California after 3/11 and went north to Ore., Wash., Canada (PHOTO)

September 17, 2012
34% say they still want to escape from Fukushima City — Survey results are “very severe” says gov’t official, “We need to take some measures”

September 16, 2012
Mayor: “White ashes” began to fall after Fukushima explosion… not black — “I sensed this was lethal” (VIDEO)

September 15, 2012
Japan TV: “Oh my… Over 180 microsieverts per hour… can never live here…” (VIDEO)

Japan Times: “Alarming estimate of cancer fatalities… 1 million extra deaths” — Nobody mentions krypton and xenon that poured from Fukushima plant, says Gundersen — 2-3 times greater than Chernobyl

September 14, 2012
Former NRC Chairman: “We all know Fukushima had a lot of impact worldwide” (VIDEO)

September 13, 2012
New images of Unit 3 fuel pool show debris near surface, possibly in danger of falling inside — Tepco investigating “condition of steel members partially immersed in pool” (PHOTOS)

Japan: Fukushima Daiichi No Longer Considered Emergency Work (VIDEO)

September 12, 2012
Yomiuri: Tepco having difficulty with ‘debris’ around Unit 3 due to high radiation — Years before spent fuel removal will begin

43% of kids have thyroid abnormalities in new Fukushima City test results (CHART)

Fukushima Pediatrician Warns: “Clear sign something abnormal is occurring” in young children

September 11, 2012
Tepco admits it will run out of workers in 5 years unless a way is found to reduce radiation exposure (VIDEO)

Asahi: “Significant quantity” of cesium detected along West Coast of Japan — Concentrations rise as it gets deeper

September 10, 2012
NHK: Leaking of tainted water plaguing Fukushima ‘clean-up’ (VIDEO)

September 9, 2012
20 times more oxygen in Reactor No. 3 containment vessel than in Reactors No. 1 or 2

September 8, 2012
Video: Plume rising from area outside Fukushima reactors

September 7, 2012
Tepco: Krypton-85 increased at Reactor 1 — Nitrogen injected to reduce explosive hydrogen

September 6, 2012
Pentagon maps Japan radiation, says U.S. personnel safe

Nuclear Expert Back From Japan: Fukushima deposited a lot more radioactive material than Chernobyl, except for immediate area around reactors (AUDIO)

Nuclear Insider: Fukushima exclusion zone could be declared some sort of national memorial park in 5-10 years (AUDIO)

Busby: I think plutonium probably reached critical mass at Reactor 3 which caused explosion (VIDEO)

Nuclear expert after Fukushima trip: Reactor explosions dispersed ‘broken fuel’ inland as particulate matter (AUDIO)

September 5, 2012
Gundersen in Japan: Lawmakers told me they don’t believe Tepco or NISA — Crowd laughs out loud when Tepco responds to Unit 4 comments (VIDEO

US Newspaper: “Couple wants to leave Fukushima and flee health hazards from the 2011 nuclear disaster”

Tepco Alters Again: “We replaced photo for physical protection of nuclear materials”

September 4, 2012

Appalling: Tepco admits there’s no prepositioned chemicals at Fukushima plant in event water drains from fuel pool after quake — “They had not even considered it” (VIDEO)

Kyodo: Gov’t calls for shut down of Japan’s only 2 operating reactor

September 3, 2012
Gundersen: Extensive damage in Fukushima Unit 3 spent fuel pool (VIDEO)

Water flow to Fukushima reactors dropped again — “Cause of decrease will continue to be investigated” — Tepco says it’s actions appear to be showing ‘a certain effect’

September 2, 2012
Gundersen: They may not be able to pull out spent fuel rods — The big problem is are they distorted from heat or quake or fallen rubble? (VIDEO)

September 1, 2012
Engineer: Cobalt-58 detected in black substance from Kanto region — Half-life only 71 days (VIDEO)

Nuclear Physicist on Fukushima: I’m most concerned about a chain reaction happening — Rain leaking in from cracks after a new quake could act as a moderator, and a nuclear reactor will start again (VIDEO)


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