After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, Japanese officials have been scrambling to find way to halt the environmental damage from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. According to a team of Japanese scientists, a combination of micro-algae and aquatic plants may be the answer to cleaning up the radioactive pollution.
At this point anything helps, TEPCO (the company in…
Adding new @UCSusa book on Fukushima nuclear calamity and lessons for US @NRCgov to my reading heap. Here’s UCS release:
Today is the official publication date for Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster (New Press, $27.95), the first comprehensive account of the March 2011 Japanese…
The epedition’s ship, Chikyu, with Mount Fuji in the background. (IODP/JAMSTEC)
As posted on Wunderground.
An unprecedented drilling expedition has revealed that the devastating 2011 tsunami off the coast of Tohoku, Japan, was due to a particularly weak and slippery fault zone.
Japan isn’t the only industrialized country walking away from previously stated climate goals. Australia and Canada are emerging as strong opponents of more aggressive climate action and are likely to come up short on their commitments to reduce their emissions.
There is no time.
Japanese officials have admitted for the first time that thousands of people evacuated from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power…
Radiation levels in seawater just outside one of the damaged Fukushima reactors spiked this week to the highest level in two years, the operator of the crippled Japanese nuclear plant said on Thursday.
"Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that radiation rose to a new record in water collected from a drainage ditch at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Tepco said it detected a maximum of 140,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting substances, including strontium, from a water sample collected Wednesday from the ditch, which extends to the sea beyond the plant’s port.
The figure is 2.3 times higher than the previous record of 59,000 becquerels detected in water sampled at the same location Tuesday, and was more than 11 times the previous day’s reading.
The measurement location is about 600 meters from the open ocean and close to the storage tank that leaked some 300 tons of radioactive water in August.
Tepco said rainwater may have carried radioactive materials in surrounding areas into the drainage ditch.
Sandbags were placed downstream, but heavy rain may have caused the water in the ditch to overflow them and enter the ocean.”
So does that mean Tepco is going to do the rational and honest thing and measure the ocean water or hide their heads in the sand again?
Though, whatever radiation does escape cannot contaminate the entire ocean, it can make local shores and seafood dangerous for a long time.
The people of Japan deserve the truth.