Category Archives: Japan Tsunami

Japan Nuclear Body Says Radioactive Water At Fukushima An Emergency

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Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday…

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TEPCO Admits Radiation Leaks Into Pacific Ocean, Business Week

TEPCO Admits Radiation Leaks Into Pacific Ocean

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Groundwater laced with radiation from melted reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi atomic plant north of Tokyo has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean, raising concern the toxic water has been flowing into the sea since the disaster at the facility more than two years ago.

Backtracking on previous comments, Tokyo Electric Power Co. confirmed the groundwater leaks…

Read Full Article, Tepco Says Toxic Water Leaked to Sea From Fukushima Plant, Business Week

Fukushima crisis rolls on as TEPCO admits radiation leaks, Greenpeace
TEPCO, the owner of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, has admitted that the damaged reactors are leaking highly toxic radioactive contamination into the Pacific Ocean, confirming what many of us had feared for some time. Backtracking on previous denials, TEPCO’s statement comes, coincidentally, just a day after the pro-nuclear Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cemented its hold on power with a big win in parliamentary elections last Sunday.
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority had already told TEPCO two weeks ago to speed up completion of a seawall to block contaminated water that it suspected was leaking into the ocean.
Leaks in April had also raised concerns that TEPCO would dump radioactive water in the Pacific as it continues to struggle with makeshift cooling measures set up after the disaster. Exacerbating concerns about the perilous state of the Fukushima plant, plumes of steam have been rising from one of the reactor buildings. But where is the steam coming from and why?

Fukushima plant water leak causes concern in Japan, BBC News
Japan has said it is taking steps to prevent contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant leaking into the sea.

Fukushima: One Man’s Story

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Before the disaster, there was always something reassuring about life by the sea in Ukedo, on the Fukushima coastline. Farther up Japan’s north-eastern shores, the rias, or inlets, would often become deathtraps when tsunamis barrelled up the narrow coves, crashing over isolated villages before the residents had time to flee. But in Ukedo, which lies on a smooth grey beach, ruffled in the early morning only by gulls’ feet and crabs’ claws, the Pacific Ocean was typically gentler. In summer, surfers would lie idly for hours out at sea waiting for a wave big enough to ride. If ever the waves did rise, giant concrete sea walls stood between them and the village like grim-faced centurions…

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Seafood Safety and Policy What’s safe to eat? How can we know?

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


In Japan, a nation that eats prodigious amounts of seafood, one question sits high on the list of public concerns: Is seafood caught after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe safe for human consumption?

In the wake of the disaster, coastal fisheries in Fukushima and all neighboring precincts were quickly closed. Within two weeks, the Japanese government began monitoring radioactivity in fish, shellfish, and edible seaweeds. More than a year later, not because of new scientific findings or any changes in offshore conditions, but in an attempt to further reassure consumers, the government lowered the acceptable limit for radiation in fish from 500 becquerels per kilogram—already among the strictest standards in the world—to 100 Bq.

Last fall, Ken Buesseler, a marine geochemist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, combed through a year’s worth of data released by the Japanese fisheries agency. His analysis, published Oct. 26, 2012, in the journal Science, showed that the “vast majority” of fish being caught off Fukushima and surrounding areas had radiation levels below the tightened safe-consumption limit. Among bottom-dwelling species, however, 40 percent came in over that limit. Most important, levels of radiation in the ocean and in seafood did not appear to be declining in the 12 months following the accident…

Read Full Article, Oceanus Magazine, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Radioactive Fish Near Fukushima Suggest Ongoing Contamination, Scientific American
A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Fears Accompany Fishermen in Japanese Disaster Region, The New York Times

Fishing for Answers off Fukushima, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

First Confirmed Japanese Tsunami Debris in California

Swept away during the Japan tsunami of March 11, 2011, the steel, concrete, and foam dock beached at Olympic National Park, Wash., nearly two years later. (National Park Service). Captions and Photo source: NOAA


Federal officials say a fishing boat that washed ashore in Northern California is the first debris to reach the state that’s been confirmed as having come from the Japanese tsunami…

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“Coming To A Beach Near You” by Eddie Jarvis
The beaches of the Pacific Northwest are being invaded by stowaways from a nuclear catastrophe that would have made Dr. Strangelove flinch…

Fish Near Fukushima Reportedly Contains High Cesium Level

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


The Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant says it has detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught close to the plant. Most fish along the Fukushima coast are barred from market…

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Record High Radiation Found in Fukushima Fish: TEPCO, AFP

Fishing for Answers off Fukushima, Woods Hole Oceanic Institution

Fears Accompany Fishermen in Japanese Disaster Region, The New York Times

Pacific bluefin tuna transport Fukushima-derived radionuclides from Japan to California, Pnas