Category Archives: Fukushima

Accident at Fukushima: 880 pound piece of unmanned crane falls into spent fuel pool

The Independent Online reported this morning: A 400kg (880pounds) machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant on Friday, the operator said. Friday’s incident occurred shortly after noon during a remotely controlled operation to remove … Continue reading

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Japanese court holds TEPCO responsible for woman’s suicide after Fukushima evacuation

(The banners read “Victory” and “TEPCO is guilty.” All: The Japan Times reported today: The Fukushima District Court ruled Tuesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. was responsible for a woman’s suicide following the March 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering the utility … Continue reading

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Japan to establish interim nuclear storage facility in Fukushima

The Asahi Shimbun reported this morning: Fukushima Prefecture is set to accept the construction of an interim facility to store radioactive waste from cleanup work due to the nuclear disaster, advancing the stalled process of decontaminating the affected areas. Negotiations … Continue reading

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TEPCO concedes that Fukushima ‘ice plug’ isn’t working

According to an article in today’s issue of The Telegraph: The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has conceded defeat in its effort to create a frozen plug in a tunnel to stop water flowing into the No. 2 … Continue reading

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Test results are in: Birds, monkeys, butterflies show effects of Fukushima radiation

I previously reported that monkeys and other animals around Fukushima are being tested for effects of exposure to radiation from the accident. Some of those effects are now known. Colorado’s Summit County Citizens Voice reported today:  The disastrous 2011 meltdown … Continue reading

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South Korea to return cesium-contaminated scrap steel to Japan

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported today: South Korea has found radiation-contaminated metal imports from Japan and will return them, the country’s nuclear safety commission said Monday. The contaminated products were included in a 20-ton shipment of scrap metal that … Continue reading

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TEPCO revises damage estimates: All of the fuel in reactor 3 melted down in 2011 accident, key emergency cooling system stopped working earlier than previously reported

The Japan Times reported yesterday: Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said Wednesday that its new estimate shows that all the fuel rods in reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant apparently melted down and fell onto the … Continue reading

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