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Quince 2 Robot completes first investigation of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor

TEPCO has dispatched the Quince 2 robot into the 5th operating floor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Reactor 2.  Radiation doses over 220 mSv per hour were recorded, as the robot…

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Japan Prime Minister and other officials unaware of key emergency response system SPEEDI until after Fukushima Daiichi disaster

NHK reports an independent panel investigating the Fukushima nuclear accident has found that the prime minister was not aware of SPEEDI, the government’s system that can predict the spread of radioactive materials quickly. …

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TEPCO hoping equipment will bring the radiation in contaminated water below legal level for release into the sea

Radioactive water leaks have repeatedly surfaced at Fukushima Daiichi, and recent flyovers have revealed thousands of tanks to store contaminated water lined in sprawled masses across the site.  In a UN conference this…

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PBS FRONTLINE Documentary to feature new footage “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown”

  Watch Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. The opening scenes of the documentary set the tone for the rest of the film with previously unseen footage of the…

Fukushima Daiichi February 2012 - R123

Japanese press gets closest aerial footage of Fukushima Daiichi in nearly a year

The Fukushima Daiichi site is still a harsh reminder of the disaster that has been unfolding over the last year, everything on site appears broken, shattered, and scattered. Japanese press shot footage around…

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Japan to replace all 17 TEPCO boardmembers in exchange for $12 billion bailout – 9 thermometers reported failed at Fukushima Reactor 2

  TEPCO announced that 9 out of 41 thermometers at Fukushima Daiichi are now reported failed.  Temperature gauges began rising again on February 20th, peaking at over 50 degrees Celsius.   At the end…

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit2 Parameters of Temperature(Typical Points)

Fukushima Reactor 2 temperature levels rising over last 48 hours

The temperature levels at Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 2 are forcing workers at Fukushima Daiichi to undertake special measures to verify the accuracy of readings plant workers are using to maintain a state of…

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Japan confirms some areas surrounding Fukushima Daiichi likely permanently off-limits to habitation

A few hours after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi began to leak radiation into the environment reportedly first from the Unit 1 reactor shortly after 17:00 when radioactive…

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60 year old man’s death at Fukushima due to overwork during overnight shift

Japanese labor officials have granted compensation to the family of a man who worked for a construction company subcontracted to Toshiba. 60-year-old plumber Nobukatsu Oosumi from Shizuoka Prefecture was sent to the Fukushima…

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Thyroid testing in children delayed after Fukushima due to worries that monitoring would add anxiety to community

In the weeks following the March 11th disaster the estimated exposure dose for children was abnormally elevated, leading the Japanese government to begin testing to deduce the amount of radioactive iodine concentrated in…

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TEPCO faces another potentially broken temperature gauge at Fukushima Reactor 2

The temperature of unit 2’s RPV bottom rose by 11.5°C in 24 hours reaching 47.8°C at 11:00 AM on Thursday, while the temperatures from the RPV supporting skirt have also risen nearly 10°C…

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Japan to aid developing countries purchase materials from disaster areas – Will release minutes of emergency meetings

Japan has announced it will provide aid to developing more than 15 countries as funds to procure industrial products made in areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Foreign Ministry…

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Problems shut down Fukushima Unit 2 noble gas detection system and spent fuel cooling systems

TEPCO began constant monitoring of noble gas in the PCV of Reactor 2 on February 19th,  as they were decreasing the amount of water from the core spray system.  Even though a nuclear…

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Scientists first study of tsunami impact around Fukushima Daiichi shows waves over 21 meters hit coast

Earlier this month, Japanese scientists warned that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station was at a greater risk from future earthquakes than previously estimated.   The March 11th earthquake was the most powerful known earthquake ever…

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Officials alarmed at radioactivity levels found at quarry near Namie – Over 210,000 bq/kg

Massive levels of radioactive cesium have been detected from gravel at a quarry near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after high radiation was detected at buildings using gravel from the same quarry, prefectural…

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Tokyo Bay residents worried as concentrations of radioactivity found in riverbed

Near the mouth of the Sumida River in Arakawa-ku, flowing into the Tokyo Bay, the Ministry of the Environment has been testing the concentration of radioactivity in water and mud of the riverbed….

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Japanese Environment Ministry spreading “objective data” about debris in brochures

Many  local governments need to tackle the difficult task of obtaining the consent of local residents, who fear the debris may be contaminated with radioactive substances.  So to help assist the Environment Ministry created…

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Why Fukushima is at a greater seismic risk now than it was one year ago

The great Tohoku-oki earthquake (Mw 9.0) occurred on 11 March 2011 in the NE Japan forearc region and it was the largest recorded earthquake ever to hit Japan.   However a newly released study…

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Japanese officials admit nuclear safety rules defective in many ways

The head of the government’s nuclear safety commission says  the government guidelines for nuclear safety are defective in many ways and need to be reviewed.  He apologized for insufficient wording in the guidelines for…

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Scientists warn of massive new earthquake from activated faults around Fukushima Daiichi

Scientists have issued a dire warning that the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant is at risk of a massive new earthquake, and now scientists are telling Japanese authorities to urgently shore up the damaged reactor…

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