October 2011

News on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

  • Fallout forensics hike radiation toll
    The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March released far more radiation than the Japanese government has claimed. So concludes a study that combines radioactivity data from across the globe to estimate the scale and fate of emissions from the shattered plant.
    Geoff Brumfiel, Nature News, Oct 25, 2011.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 17th – 20th, 2011
    The Greenpeace news from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Christine McCann, Greenpeace, Oct 24, 2011.

  • Reactor accident Fukushima – New international study
    A new study by an international team of researchers estimates that the emissions from the power plant started earlier, lasted longer and are therefore higher than assumed in most studies conducted before.
    Press Release from Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), Oct 21, 2011.

  • 3 tons of radioactive water leaks at Fukushima facility
    This is the second-largest amount of radioactive water to leak at the purifying plant since a leakage of 6 tons in June.
    Asahi Japan Watch, Oct 19, 2011.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 14th – 16th, 2011
    The Greenpeace news from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Christine McCann, Greenpeace, Oct 18, 2011.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 11th – 13th, 2011
    The Greenpeace news from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Christine McCann, Greenpeace, Oct 14, 2011.

  • Fukushima said not Tokyo hot spot source
    Elevated levels of radiation found in a residential area of Tokyo are probably generated from Radium-226, not used by nuclear reactors, and almost certainly not connected to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, say officials. The contamination appears to be limited to one site, as no other hot spots were found in Setagaya.
    Minoru Matsutani, The Japan Times, Oct 13, 2011.

  • High levels of radiation detected in Tokyo
    Radiation of up to 3.35 microsieverts per hour was recorded along a sidewalk in the residential area of Tsurumaki, in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, and up to 5.82 microsieverts in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, both located over 200 kilometers away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The levels detected were both higher than the 2.17 microsieverts per hour measured at Iitate, a village designated as an evacuation zone, 45 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
    Kyodo News, Oct 13, 2011.

  • Radiation hotspots detected in Tokyo
    Hotspots of radioactivity higher than levels within the exclusion zone imposed around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been found in residential areas of Tokyo and Yokohama, more than 150 miles away.
    Julian Ryall, The Telegraph, Oct 13, 2011.

  • Radioactive strontium found in Yokohama, 250 km from Fukushima plant
    195 becquerels of radioactive strontium 90 has been detected in sediment from atop an apartment building in Yokohama.
    The Mainichi Daily News, Oct 12, 2011.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 7th – 10th, 2011
    The Greenpeace news from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Christine McCann, Greenpeace, Oct 11, 2011.

  • In Japan, a Long-Term Study on Radiation Leaks’ Effects
    In an effort to track the long-term health effects of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan has begun a Long-Term Study on young people under 18 at the time of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. The research plan to track the health of about 360,000 children of Fukushima Prefecture during their lifetime.
    Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times, Oct 10, 2011.

  • Power companies waged campaign to win lawmakers’ support
    In a disturbing pattern dating to the 1990s, electric power companies have been found to be wooing Liberal Democratic Party Diet members at breakfast meetings organized by an industry organization, along with offering major campaign contributions and other perks, such as wining and dining at pricy Tokyo restaurants.
    Kamome Fujimori and Hiroyoshi Itabashi, Asahi Japan Watch, Oct 10, 2011.

  • As compensation payouts begin, Tepco pays the price for its nuclear disaster
    Tepco’s compensation payments, from the point of view of a middle-level Tepco worker in Fukushima.
    Chico Harlan, The Washington Post, Oct 9, 2011.

  • Soil contaminated by cesium limited in Tokyo, neighboring prefecture
    On Oct. 6, the science ministry (MEXT) released its latest version of a map showing soil contamination by cesium 134 and 137 due to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, adding Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture to the previous version.
    Hiroshi Ishizuka, Asahi Japan Watch, Oct 7, 2011.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 4th – 6th, 2011
    The Greenpeace news from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Christine McCann, Greenpeace, Oct 7, 2011.

  • Contaminated soil found outside Fukushima no-go zone
    307,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram of soil was detected in Fukushima town by an independent survey conducted on Sept 14. The Japanese government’s legal limit is 10,000 becquerels per kilogram.
    Japan Today, Oct 6, 2011.

  • New Study Shows High Radiation 60 Kilometers from Japanese Power Plant
    A new study shows high levels of radioactive contamination in the Japanese city of Fukushima, some 60 kilometers from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. Researchers urged the government to encourage evacuations from the city, saying soil contamination measured more than 30 times higher than current government safety standards.
    Voice of America, Oct 5, 2011.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for September 30th – October 3rd, 2011
    The Greenpeace news from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Christine McCann, Greenpeace, Oct 4, 2011.

  • No explosion at No. 2 reactor / TEPCO: Only 3 hydrogen blasts occurred at Fukushima N-plant
    The Yomiuri Shimbun, Oct 3, 2011.

  • Fukushima plant crisis could erupt if water injection stops for 38 hrs
    After the NISA director Hiroyuki Fukano warning, TEPCO has released an estimate that says if water injection at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant stops, temperatures of the reactors’ cores would rise approximately 50ºC each hour, finally reaching melting point at 2,200ºC in 38 hours.
    The Mainichi Daily News, Oct 2, 2011.

  • Japan Discovers Plutonium Far From Crippled Reactor
    Trace amounts of plutonium were found as far as 28 miles (45 km) from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant, the first time that the dangerous element released from the accident was found outside of the immediate area of the plant.
    Toko Sekiguchi, The Wall Street Journal, Oct 1, 2011.



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