Category Archives: Japan Tsunami

Computers Predict Path of Tsunami Debris

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40 tons of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan just washed up on Montague Island in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Captions and Photo source: US marine Corps / Inhabitat

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Computer simulations have been accurate in predicting where debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan would wash ashore, scientists say…

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No Solid Mass of Debris from Japan in the Ocean (Uploaded 11-06-2013)

“Coming To A Beach Near You” by Eddie Jarvis

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

Three Years after Fukushima: Tracking Radionuclides in the Pacific Ocean

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Seaside, Japan. Photo source: ©© Mrhayata

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Scientists have been keeping a close eye on how radionuclides from the Japanese power plant are being transported in the Pacific Ocean since the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in March 2011.

Now, three scientists are taking a closer look at cesium transport near Japan and across the Pacific, including when and where radiation from Fukushima could arrive on North America’s West Coast.

In a press conference (February 24th), these three researchers will discuss results from computer models predicting how cesium-137 is being dispersed in the Pacific Ocean, three years of water testing in the northern Pacific Ocean, and a new public crowdsourcing campaign monitoring radiation levels on the West Coast…

WATCH: A Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Video: Fukushima’s Impact On The Ocean

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Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaks Radioactive Water

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Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 27 March 2011. Greenpeace radiation safety experts Jan Van de Putte and Jacob Namminga monitor contamination levels at Iitate village, 40km northwest of the crisis-stricken Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear plant, and 20km beyond the official evacuation zone. Radiation levels found by the Greenpeace monitoring team are far above internationally recommended limits – people living here would receive the yearly maximum dose of radioactivity within a few days, yet have not yet been evacuated. Captions and Photo source: ©© Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

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Around 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water have leaked from a storage tank at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, operator Tokyo Electric (Tepco) says today…

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Why We Build Nuclear Power Stations in Earthquake Zones ?

Tepco Took Months To Release Record Strontium Readings at Fukushima

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Damaged Unit 3 of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plan. Photo source: Greenpeace / Air Photo Service

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The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant knew about record high measurements of a dangerous isotope in groundwater at the plant for five months before telling the country’s nuclear watchdog…

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Tepco Says Toxic Water Leaked to Sea From Fukushima Plant, Business Week (Uploaded 07-24-2013)

How Radioactive is Our Ocean?

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Japan. Photo source: ©© Robertodevito

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine chemist Ken Buesseler began sampling and analyzing seawater surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant three months after the 2011 disaster.

On January 14th, he launched a crowd sourcing campaign and citizen science website to collect and analyze seawater along the West Coast of North America as the radioactive plume travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean.

“Whether you agree with predictions that levels of radiation along the Pacific Coast of North America will be too low to be of human health concern or to impact fisheries and marine life, we can all agree that radiation should be monitored, and we are asking for your help to make that happen,” says Ken Buesseler, WHOI senior scientist and director of the Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity (CMER)…

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Fukushima: WHOI Senior Scientist Studies Irradiated Water, WHOI
Collecting samples off the coast where the Fukushima nuclear power plant was damaged in a March 2011 earthquake, the WHOI senior scientist measured higher than normal radiation levels long after the original disaster…

Fukushima Leaks: Radioactive Water Overflows Tank Into The Sea, BBC News (Uploaded 10-04-2013)
Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has a new leak of radioactive water after workers overfilled a storage tank, its operator says. Around 430 litres (100 gallons) of water may have leaked from the tank, and could have flowed into the sea…

Devastating Qualities Of Japanese Fault Revealed

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Japan tsunami aftermath’s devastation, March 2011. Photo Source: ©© Natsukado

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The devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan shocked researchers who did not expect that the seismic fault involved could release so much energy. Now the world’s deepest-drilling oceanographic ship has been able to pin down the odd geology that made this disaster so horrific…

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Fukushima: WHOI Senior Scientist Studies Irradiated Water

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Seaside, Japan. Photo source: ©© Mrhayata

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Sloshing with Japanese sea water, the 5-gallon plastic jugs crowding Ken Buesseler’s laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution contain evidence of an ongoing nuclear crisis.

Collecting samples off the coast where the Fukushima nuclear power plant was damaged in a March 2011 earthquake, the WHOI senior scientist measured higher than normal radiation levels long after the original disaster…

Read Full Article, Cape Cod Times

Fukushima Radiation, WHOI

Fukushima two years on: a dirty job with no end in sight, Guardian UK

Japan Proposes More Steps to Store Fukushima Water

Fukushima Leaks: Radioactive Water Overflows Tank Into The Sea, Guardian UK

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Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, is one of the major hubs for the transport and sale of sushi in the world. Captions and Photo source: ©© Adametmal

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Set For Risky Operation

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Seaside, Japan. Photo source: ©© Mrhayata

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More than two years after an earthquake and tsunami brought disaster to a nuclear plant in eastern Japan, operators Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced plans Wednesday to begin the painstaking and dangerous process of removing fuel rods from a crippled reactor at the site…

Meanwhile, the site continues to be plagued by leaks of radioactive water flowing into the Pacific Ocean…

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Fukushima Nuclear Plant Set For Risky Operation, BBC News
A task of extraordinary delicacy and danger is about to begin at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power station…