Category Archives: Meltdown

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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New report on March 2011 Fukushima disaster says much of water pumped into system never reached reactor cores

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported today: Fire engines were used in a desperate, and ultimately futile, attempt to pump water to cool overheating reactors during the early phase of the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster, Tokyo Electric Power … Continue reading

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New problem at Fukushima: Groundwater leaking into contaminated plant and how to dispose of it

 The New York Times reported April 29: Two years after a triple meltdown that grew into the world’s second worst nuclear disaster, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is faced with a new crisis: a flood of highly radioactive wastewater … Continue reading

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New TEPCO report says damage to Fukushima Unit 2 may be worse than previously thought

The New York Times reported this afternoon: The damage to the core of at least one of the meltdown-stricken reactors at Fukushima could be worse than previously thought, raising new concerns over the plant’s stability and complicating the post-disaster cleanup, … Continue reading

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New studies find highest levels of radiation in Japanese soil and cesium in plankton 375 miles offshore

Two new studies show ongoing concerns with radiation from Fukushima. As Earthweek reported today: …the Environment Ministry announced that levels of cesium have soared to 154,000 becquerels per kilogram in soil around the Fukushima prefecture village of Iitate. That’s about 25 … Continue reading

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New study: Radiation readings around Fukushima still dangerously high

The Japan Times reported yesterday: High levels of radiation, including a rate of 470 millisieverts per year at one location, have been detected in municipalities near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to an interim Environment Ministry report. … Continue reading

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“Drops of water fall like rain” in first video inside damaged Fukushima reactor

The Daily Yomiuri reported today: Tokyo Electric power Co. on Friday released 30 minutes of video footage taken Thursday inside the containment vessel of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 2 reactor, the first such images to be … Continue reading

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