Category Archives: Japan Tsunami

US Sailors Prepare For Legal Challenge Over Fukushima Radiation

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The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as seen during a sea-water sampling boat journey, 7 November 2013. Captions and Photo source: ©© IAEA Imagebank

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On 25 August, a district court judge in San Diego will decide whether 110 US navy sailors and marines, can proceed with a $1bn lawsuit that accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about radiation levels that have caused health problems to themselves and their families stationed in Japan…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Fukushima Accident Still Ongoing After Three Years: Q&A (06-20-2014)
It has been three years since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan. But the consequences are still ongoing due to continuous leaks of radioactivity into the environment, says independent nuclear energy consultant Mycle Schneider.It’s an unprecedented event in complexity, in size and in consequences…

Fukushima Operator Struggles To Build Ice Wall To Contain Radioactive Water, Guardian UK (06-17-2014)

Minor Tsunami Hits Northeastern Japan After Strong Quake

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Japan. Photo courtesy of © Maximilien Lebaudy

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A minor tsunami hit Miyagi prefecture in Japan early Saturday after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake jolted the country’s northeastern Pacific coast, prompting advisories for regions including around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant…

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Earthquake rocks region of northern Japan; tsunami advisories issued, CNN

Strong Quake Hits Japan, Triggering Small Tsunami, ABC News
A 20-centimeter (8-inch) tsunami reached the coast of Ishinomaki Ayukawa and Ofunato, about 50 minutes after the quake. Smaller waves were observed at several other locations along the coast…

Fukushima Accident Still Ongoing After Three Years: Q&A

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Fukushima sea water sampling near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, 7 November 2013. Captions and Photo source: ©© IAEA Imagebank

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It has been three years since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan. But the consequences are still ongoing due to continuous leaks of radioactivity into the environment, says independent nuclear energy consultant Mycle Schneider.

It’s an unprecedented event in complexity, in size and in consequences…

Read Full Article, IPS News

Fukushima Operator Struggles To Build Ice Wall To Contain Radioactive Water, Guardian UK
The operator of Japan’s battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has said it is having trouble with the early stages of an ice wall being built under broken reactors to contain radioactive water…

Fukushima Operator Struggles To Build Ice Wall To Contain Radioactive Water

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Workers at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station work among underground water storage pools on 17 April 2013. Two types of above-ground storage tanks rise in the background. An IAEA expert team visited the site on 17 April 2013 as part of a mission to review Japan’s plans to decommission the facility. Captions and Photo source: ©© IAEA Imagebank

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The operator of Japan’s battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has said it is having trouble with the early stages of an ice wall being built under broken reactors to contain radioactive water…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Moderate Quakes Hit Near Japan’s Fukushima

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The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as seen during a sea-water sampling boat journey, 7 November 2013. Captions and Photo source: ©© IAEA Imagebank

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Two moderate earthquakes struck off Japan’s eastern coast near Fukushima early Monday, but officials said there was no immediate risk to the stricken power plant…

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Why We Build Nuclear Power Stations in Earthquake Zones

Three years after Japan tsunami, suspected debris arrive on Washington shores

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Tsunami Debris On Oregon Coast, 2012. Photo source: ©© Zlatko Unger

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In March 2011, an undersea earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan and resulted in more than 15,000 deaths. Three years later, the disaster’s aftermath is still being felt in ways large and small, far and wide.

On a beach in southern Washington, approximately 4,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean, debris that may be from the tsunami is washing ashore, KING-5 in Seattle reports…

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No Ocean-Borne Radiation From Fukushima Detected On West Coast Shoreline

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Oregon Coast. Photo source: ©© Pat Kight

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Scientists working together on Kelp Watch 2014 announced today that the West Coast shoreline shows no signs of ocean-borne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, following their analysis of the first collection of kelp samples along the western U.S. coastline…

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Fukushima radiation could reach Pacific coast by April, SF Gate

Fukushima radiation hit B.C. earlier than expected, CBC News

Radioactive cesium-137 released from Fukushima 1.5 times Tepco estimate: study, Japan Times
The total amount of radioactive cesium-137 released into the atmosphere and seawater from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is estimated at nearly 1.5 times more than the estimate by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. of less than 13,600 terabecquerels. The team announced its findings on cesium-137 during an academic session of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna on geoscience processes related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster…

Boat Found In Ocean Shores, Washington Might Be Japan Tsunami Debris

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An aerial view of debris from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan, taken on March 13, 2011, only days after the disaster struck. Debris fields such as these are no longer visible. (U.S. Navy). Photo source: NOAA

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Washington authorities are working with the Japanese consulate to determine whether a small boat found on a beach in the town of Ocean Shores might have crossed the Pacific from the March 2011 tsunami…

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Fukushima Operator May Have To Dump Contaminated Water Into Pacific

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Japan, shore. Photo source: ©© mrhayata

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A senior adviser to the operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has told the firm that it may have no choice but to eventually dump hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean…

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Fukushima Radiation To Reach West Coast In April, Experts Weigh In On How Dangerous It Is, IBT

How Radioactive is Our Ocean? WHOI

Japan Tsunami Debris on Pagan Island: Financial Problems May Lead to a Second Environmental Mess, Scientific American (Uploaded 06-13-2012)
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.