Category Archives: Japan Tsunami

Videos Shed Light on Chaos at Fukushima as a Nuclear Crisis Unfolded


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Shortly after an explosion rocked the stricken nuclear plant at Fukushima last year, blanketing the plant and nearby towns in radioactive material, Masao Yoshida, the plant’s chief manager, rallied his men…

That moment, as some of Japan’s worst fears were coming true, was captured in 150 hours of videos released by the plant’s operator this week under public and news media pressure…

Read Full Article, The New York Times

Oregon Authorities To demolish Japanese Tsunami Dock

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In June 2012 a dock from Japan washed up on Oregon’s Agate Beach in Newport. It had a thick layer of living organisms on it. Captions and Photo source: Oregon Department Of Fish And Wildlife

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Demolition experts on the west coast of the United States will this week tackle a continuing environmental threat created by last year’s Japanese devastating earthquake and tsunami.

A 20-metre long dock that washed up on the coast of Oregon will be broken up and removed following concerns over the possible spread of invasive plant and animal species…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Japan Tsunami Debris on Pagan Island: Financial Problems May Lead to a Second Environmental Mess, Scientific American
What would motivate a small island nation to settle for the foreign mining of its pozzolan resources, and sell one of its most limited commodities : land? This is a story about how a small island in the tropical pacific was proposed as a dumpsite for trash from the 2011 Japan tsunami.

NOAA makes $250,000 in grants available to states impacted by tsunami debris

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A diver retrieves a piece of debris from the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Captions and Photo source: NOAA

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NOAA announced that $250,000 in grants has been made available through its marine debris program to five states impacted by debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii will receive up to $50,000 each to use toward marine debris removal efforts. The funds could be released as soon as the end of July…

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The Fukushima report hides behind the cultural curtain

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Photo source: ©© Eddi van W.

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More than a year after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on 11 March 2011, the Fukushima nuclear accident independent investigation commission released an 88-page report this week delivering the indictment that Fukushima could not be considered a natural disaster but a “profoundly man-made disaster”.

Putting a cultural gloss on the critical investigative report sends a confusing message to the global community, particularly when it comes from a country that is a world leader in technological sophistication…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Fears Accompany Fishermen in Japanese Disaster Region

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The catch from six small fishing boats, the first to resume commercial fishing in the waters off Fukushima since last year’s nuclear catastrophe, went on sale at local supermarkets on Monday, raising hopes and concerns in a region struggling to return to something like normal.

For now, the catch is limited to octopus and whelk, a type of sea snail, because those species are thought to trap fewer radioactive particles in their bodies…

Read Full Article, The New York Times

Last-ditch effort to block restart of nuclear reactors in Japan, Nature
Two Japanese nuclear reactors are set to restart next month, despite tens of thousands of people throughout Japan pouring into the streets in protest. But warnings from scientists about the potential for earthquakes in the region could pose one last hurdle. All 50 of Japan’s operational reactors have been closed for scaled-up safety evaluations since the March 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant. But the government has been pushing to restart some of the reactors before the summer peak in electricity demand in August…

Japan Tsunami Debris on Pagan Island: Financial Problems May Lead to a Second Environmental Mess

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Pagan is an island in the Marianas archipelago, under the political jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Pagan is extremely isolated, located 198 km (123 miles) from the Marianas Islands capital on Saipan Island and more than 1000 miles from mainland Japan. It is one of the most biologically diverse islands in the Northern Marianas, and is currently uninhabited. Photo source: ©© NASA

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What would motivate a small island nation to settle for the foreign mining of its pozzolan resources, and sell one of its most limited commodities : land? This is a story about how a small island in the tropical pacific was proposed as a dumpsite for trash from the 2011 Japan tsunami…

Read Full Article, Scientific American

No more tsunami debris, Saipan Tribune
A group of Japanese investors is considering dropping a plan, at least for now, to ship tsunami debris from Japan to Pagan but it still wants to mine pozzolan on the island, a local associate of the group, along with government officials.

US Braces for Tsunami Debris, but Impact Unclear

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The wreckage of Taro seen from the top of the town’s tsunami wall. Caption and photo courtesy of: © Mark Edward Harris.

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More than a year after a tsunami devastated Japan, killing thousands of people and washing millions of tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. government and West Coast states don’t have a cohesive plan for cleaning up the rubble that floats to American shores.

There is also no firm handle yet on just what to expect…

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