September 2011

News on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

“I couldn’t let TEPCO withdraw from Fukushima disaster.” Naoto Kan, Former Prime Minister of Japan (source: Asahi Shimbun)

Anti-nuclear demonstration, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo. September 19, 2011


  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for September 27th-29th, 2011
    The Greenpeace news from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Christine McCann, Greenpeace, September 30, 2011.

  • Fukano says another quake could threaten Fukushima operation
    Hiroyuki Fukano, head of Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said that “makeshift equipment” being used at the Fukushima Daiichi plant could break down in case of another earthquake, and backup systems need to be assessed.
    Tatsuyuki Kobori, Asahi Japan Watch, September 30, 2011.

  • Fukushima’s radioactive sea contamination lingers
    Levels of radiation in the sea off the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant remain stubbornly high.
    Andy Coghlan, NewScientist, September 30, 2011.

  • Japan Lifts Evacuation Advisories Near Nuclear Plant
    Despite continued fears over radiation levels, Japan lifted evacuation advisories for an area spanning five towns and cities around a tsunami-ravaged nuclear power plant.
    Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times, September 30, 2011.

  • Water at 3 Fukushima reactors under 100 degrees for first time
    Water temperatures in the pressure vessels of three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant were all below 100 degrees for the first time since the crisis started.
    Naoya Kon, Asahi Japan Watch, September 29, 2011.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for September 23rd-26th, 2011
    The Greenpeace news from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Christine McCann, Greenpeace, September 27, 2011.

  • Residents near Fukushima nuclear plant make own radiation map, clean contaminated areas
    The Mainichi Daily News, September 25, 2011.

  • Hydrogen accumulates in pipes at Fukushima’s No. 1 reactor
    Hydrogen has accumulated to a level higher than previously thought in pipes connected to the No. 1 reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi. The explosions that occurred between March 12 and 15, were generated by hydrogen mixed with oxygen.
    Hidenori Tsuboya, Asahi Japan Watch, September 24, 2011.

  • Smartphone to measure radiation
    Japanese mobile phone giant NTT DoCoMo is developing a smartphone that will measure radiation levels.
    BBC News, September 22, 2011.

  • Fukushima Workers Risk Radiation to Feed Families
    Since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the power plant’s operator TEPCO has relied on temporary workers to help bring the reactors under control. Many of the workers, whose radiation levels are measured daily, say they are not doing the work for Japan, but for the money.
    Cordula Meyer, Der Spiegel, September 21, 2011.

  • Anti-nuclear Protesters March In Japan

    Meiji Park, Tokyo. Steve Herman, Sept. 19, 2011

    Anti-nuclear activists marched in Japan Monday to build momentum for their movement.
    Organizers predicted 50,000 people would attend September 19 event and say 60,000 actually participated, in their largest protest since the mid-March nuclear plant accident at Fukushima.
    The police, however, estimate the crowd — at a rally in a park and a subsequent peaceful march through nearby streets — totaled only about 20,000 people.
    Steve Herman, Voice of America, September 19, 2011.

  • Masses turn out to protest nuclear power
    Tokyo rally draws estimated 60,000.
    Kazuaki Nagata, The Japan Times, September 19, 2011.

  • Zehntausende Japaner demonstrieren gegen Atomkraft
    Der Protest wird immer lauter: In Japan haben rund 60.000 Menschen gegen die Atompolitik der Regierung demonstriert, so viele wie noch nie. Sechs Monate nach der Katastrophe in Fukushima fordert eine große Mehrheit das Ende der Kernkraft.
    Der Spiegel, September 19, 2011.

  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for September 13th-15th, 2011
    News from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Greenpeace, September 16, 2011.

  • Cesium found in industrial waste
    NHK World, September 16, 2011.

  • Fukushima clean-up may require removal of 100 mil. cubic meters of soil
    Harufumi Mori, Asahi Japan Watch, September 15, 2011.

  • Fukushima cesium contamination widespread but less than Chernobyl
    An extensive area of more than 8,000 square kilometers has accumulated cesium 137 levels of 30,000 becquerels per square meter or more after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to Asahi Shimbun estimates. The contaminated area includes about 6,000 square kilometers in Fukushima Prefecture, or nearly half of the prefecture. Fukushima Prefecture, the third largest in Japan.
    Hiroshi Ishhizuka, Asahi Japan Watch, September 13, 2011.

  • Noda to face grilling about appointments
    During his first official speech, Yoshihiko Noda urged to reactivate nuclear power plants still quickly. But he also said that Japan long-term should decrease its dependence on nuclear power.
    Masami Ito, The Japan Times, September 13, 2011.

  • TEPCO finishes frame of cover for crippled reactor

    Fukushima Daiichi, steel frame for cover of reactor building 1. TEPCO, September 9, 2011

    TEPCO has completed the steel frame for a giant cover that will enclose the stricken No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to contain leaks of radioactive materials.
    Asahi Japan Watch, September 12, 2011.

  • Fukushima disaster: it’s not over yet
    Six months after the multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the streets have been cleared but the psychological damage remains.
    Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, September 9, 2011.

  • Radioactive sea pollution from Fukushima may dwarf previous estimates
    More than 15 quadrillion becquerels of radioactivity are estimated to have been released from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the sea between March 21 and April 30, according to a preliminary analysis by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and other institutions. That is more than three times the initial estimate of marine contamination by the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which said only 4.72 quadrillion becquerels had been leaked. A quadrillion is 1,000 trillion.
    Takashi Sugimoto, Asahi Japan Watch, September 9, 2011.

  • Who is in charge of decontamination?
    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is the only organization responsible for determining the guidelines for decontamination.
    Safecast, September 9, 2011.

  • Kan: I couldn’t let TEPCO withdraw from Fukushima disaster
    In this interview Naoto Kan said that Tepco had considered abandoning the plant after it was hit by the 11 March tsunami
    Asahi Japan Watch, September 6, 2011.

  • In ‘uncharted territory,’ TEPCO drafts fuel-removal plan
    Tokyo Electric Power Co. has drafted a blueprint for removing fuel from reactors and storage pools at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a task described by experts as unprecedented, daunting and even mind-boggling.
    Tatsuyuki Kobori and Hidenori Tsuboya, Asahi Japan Watch, September 1, 2011.



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