Category Archives: Japan Tsunami

Two Years On, America Hasn’t Learned Lessons Of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is a nuclear power plant located on the Pacific coast of California. The 84-acre (34 ha) site is in the northwestern corner of San Diego County, south of San Clemente, and surrounded by the San Onofre State Park and next to the I-5 Highway. Caption: Wikipedia. Photo source: ©© AwnisAlan

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With few new nuclear plants being built at present, America’s nuclear infrastructure continues to age and grow increasingly more accident-prone. Spent fuel rods also accumulate and pose unaddressed safety risks. Many plants are located along rivers or coastlines, where they face dangers from flooding. Others are in areas prone to earthquakes, like the one that initiated the Fukushima meltdown.

One hundred and eleven million Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear plant…

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Why We Build Nuclear Power Stations in Earthquake Zones

History of Nuclear Power Needs to Be Addressed, Expert Says; Science Daily

Inside Fukushima’s Abandoned Towns, Two Years On – In Pictures

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Photo source: ©© mithrandir3

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Amid growing dissatisfaction with the slow pace of recovery, Japan marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and has displaced more than 300,000…

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New Fukushima Pictures Show Wreckage Of Plant, AFP
2,000 previously unseen images released by Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power showing the period between March 15, 2011, just four days after the tsunami struck, and April 11.

Unjust laws for nuclear power leave Fukushima victims suffering, Greenpeace


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PETITION: Don’t Let Nuclear Companies Walk Away From The Fukushima Disaster, Greenpeace
“General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba designed, built and serviced the reactors which directly contributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, yet these companies have not paid one cent of the cost for the reactor failures.
The cost of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is estimated at $250 billion US dollars.”

Tsunami Aftermath, Photos Show Destruction And Recovery, Japan

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“Sans Titre” by Vivien Isnard (1987). Pigment on canvas. MAMAC NICE, Museum of modern and contemporary Art Nice,Cote d’Azur. Photo by ©© J. Luc

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The piles of rubble left behind by the receding tsunami have largely gone, but two years after nature visited its fury, some stretches of Japan’s battered northeast remain little more than ravaged wastelands…

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Four things you should know about the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Greenpeace
For many of us, the urgency of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has long ago faded; a lot of things happened in the intervening two years. But the Fukushima nuclear disaster never really ended. Although there are many things about Fukushima that are unbelievable and unfair, here a few shocking things that you may not be aware of…

New Fukushima Pictures Show Wreckage Of Plant

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Photo source: © Greenpeace

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The shattered remains of a reactor building loom against a lowering sky, smoke or steam pouring from a gaping roof in the days after a huge tsunami smashed into Japan, crushing a nuclear power plant.

This is just one of the more than 2,000 previously unseen images released by Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power showing the period between March 15, 2011, just four days after the tsunami struck, and April 11…

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Fukushima Pictures, Tepco

More nuclear cynicism: Fukushima’s decontamination scandal, Greenpeace

Record High Radiation Found in Fukushima Fish: TEPCO

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Murasoi fish. Photo source: ©© Izuzuki

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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, its operator said on Friday.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said caesium equivalent to 254,000 becquerels per kilogramme — or 2,540 times more than the government seafood limit, was detected in a “murasoi” fish…

Read Full Article, Channel News Asia / AFP

Radioactive Fish Near Fukushima Suggest Ongoing Contamination, Scientific American

Fishing for Answers off Fukushima

Fears Accompany Fishermen in Japanese Disaster Region

Japan Plans World’s Largest Wind Farm

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Eijo Toyonaga, Japan, Year of the Child Exhibition. Photo source: ©© Canada Science and Technology Museum; ©© Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada

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Japan is moving away from reliance on nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster, and plans to plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm…

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Japan, Under Pressure, Backs Off Goal to Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2040, The New York Times

Clean Beaches Design Challenge, Pacific Northwest College of Art


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SOLVE and the Collaborative Design program of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) have teamed up to create a design challenge related to cleaning tsunami and other debris from Oregon beaches.

The Clean Beaches Design Challenge is a competition for college student teams interested in tackling a complex problem with scientific, political and social dimensions. During the course of this competition students will learn valuable employment and life skills while meeting and networking with students from other schools from around the world.

The competition is designed to promote the practical, integrative and exciting aspects of science, technology, engineering, art, policy, education, organization, politics, psychology and community when applied to the real world environmental problems facing our society. Research, creativity, innovation, collaboration and systems thinking are integral ingredients and key to the successful design for complex problem interventions. Through this competition the teams learn about the science of recycling and repurposing debris and will better understand the work of professionals in that field.

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