April 2011

News on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

“Fukushima is the most complicated and dramatic nuclear accident ever” James Acton, associate in the Nuclear Policy Program (source: Reuters)

Ocean-side discharge canal of Unit 1 and 4 in fire, Fukushima Daiichi. Source: TEPCO, April 12, 2011


  • Marine radiation monitoring blocked by Japanese government
    Ike Teuling, Greenpeace, April 29, 2011.


  • Inside the Drone Missions to Fukushima

    Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Source: TEPCO, April 12, 2011

    The US military drone Honeywell T-Hawk, a remote-controlled aircraft, has been used to explore the devastated buildings of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
    The Atlantic, April 10, 2011.

  • Japan to compensate nuclear victims
    Relief at nuclear operator TEPCO as cabinet approves bill to compensate thousands of people effected by Fukushima plant.
    Florence Looi, Al Jazeera, April 22, 2011.

  • ‘Japan Could Have Recognized Scope of Fukushima Disaster Weeks Ago’
    Japan’s decision to categorize Fukushima as a “level 7” accident has been welcomed by observers who feel that the Japanese government has not been open enough about the disaster. But German commentators say the re-classification should have been done weeks ago.
    David Gordon Smith, Der Spiegel International, April 13, 2011.

  • TEPCO details tsunami damage / Waves that hit Fukushima plant exceeded firm’s worst-case projections
    Major facilities at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, including reactor and turbine buildings, were flooded to a depth of four meters to five meters during the March 11 tsunami, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.
    The Daily Yomiuri, April 11, 2011.

  • FROM SQUARE ONE / How bad is the Fukushima fallout?
    The crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has released a large amount of radioactive substances into the air and water, raising serious concerns over possible health risks.
    The Daily Yomiuri, April 11, 2011.

  • A Visit to Japan’s Nuclear Ghost Towns
    After the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, thousands of people left their homes in the exclusion zone. Some former residents have returned to collect some things and say goodbye to their homes forever.
    Cordula Meyer, Der Spiegel International, April 11, 2011.

  • Braving Heat And Radiation For Temp Job
    The Japanese nuclear power plants employ temporary workers without training. A security risk of all.
    Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, April 10, 2011.

  • A month on, Japan nuclear crisis still scarring
    One month on, and the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still creating lasting scars.
    Scott Di Savino, Reuters, April 8, 2011.

  • La zona di esclusione
    A report from the 20 km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
    Pio d’Emilia, Il Manifesto, April 4, 2011 (in Italian).



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