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11 New Fukushima Thyroid Cancers

11 New Fukushima Thyroid Cancers

The Fukushima Health Survey announced they have found 11 new thyroid cancer cases in children under 18. Two were found to have nodules in the first round of screening and have since developed thyroid cancers. 19 of the 39 cancers found in the second round of screening were previously “cleared” in the first round of testing, indicating their cancers developed recently. The health survey excuse this time is that their estimates of possible exposures are lower … Read entire article »

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How The Fukushima Daiichi Sea Wall Was Damaged

How The Fukushima Daiichi Sea Wall Was Damaged

TEPCO announced last week that the steel and concrete sea wall they installed and recently closed the last section of had been damaged. The wall was bowing outward due to increased groundwater pressure. A recent presentation to METI shows why. Steel pilings to close the opening near unit 4 happened around September 22. The final concrete sealing work took place around October 26th. TEPCO monitored water levels in the amount of ground water they removed from wells … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Discharge Canal Begins Filtration

Fukushima Unit 1 Discharge Canal Begins Filtration

The discharge canal of unit 1 has been the site of ongoing high levels of contamination since the initial disaster. TEPCO began operating a portable filtration system on the canal on November 27th. This project is of interest as it had not been announced to the public prior to implementation. There have been plans in the works to install such systems to filter the port water, discharge canals were not mentioned in that preparation. TEPCO did … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 New Hatch Investigation

Fukushima Unit 3 New Hatch Investigation

TEPCO sent the small 3D printed robot equipped with a smart phone into inspect the unit 3 containment hatch a second time. Video from the robot along with video taken by a scope inserted into the space near the hatch provided a good view of the conditions in this area. It did not include radiation readings. The robot was controlled via a group of WIFI repeaters. The robot found considerable corrosion along the connection of the … Read entire article »

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Groundwater Pressure At Fukushima Daiichi Damages Steel Wall

Groundwater Pressure At Fukushima Daiichi Damages Steel Wall

TEPCO recently closed the last section of the steel and concrete sea wall built to prevent contaminated groundwater from flowing into the port and the sea. Now NHK is reporting that the sea wall is leaning outward by about 20cm. Workers also found that the seafront pavement has begun to crack. Both of these are specifically cited as being due to the building groundwater pressure. TEPCO began pumping out contaminated water from subdrain pits near the … Read entire article »

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What Is Going On At Fukushima Daiichi

What Is Going On At Fukushima Daiichi

There have been a number of minor development in recent weeks. We have gathered them here to explain. TEPCO will be replacing the gas management hoses installed in units 2 and 3. These were small plastic hoses will be replaced over the next week. They will also be testing and checking the emergency nitrogen injection system installed at the plant after the disaster. There was a moderate earthquake at the plant on November 19th. TEPCO reported no … Read entire article »

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WHOI Erases Fukushima Pacific Contamination Data

WHOI Erases Fukushima Pacific Contamination Data

**Update and additional information added at the end of the post** The Woods Hole “Our Radioactive Ocean” project has erased years of Fukushima Pacific contamination data from their website. The website originally contained data from their 2011 monitoring voyage and data for each year up to 2015. As of today the website only contains data for 2013-2014 with some of the 2013 data near Hawaii now missing. Since we have been following the ongoing monitoring done by … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 High Radiation, New Images Show Cause

Fukushima Unit 2 High Radiation, New Images Show Cause

The extremely high radiation level admitted by TEPCO last week was given further clarification in the most recent roadmap document. The illustrations and image below from the roadmap show the highest areas. The far right gamma image shows the highest concentrations in the leaked substance below the hatch. The other illustration shows the leaked substance to be of interest. The previous report to the press by TEPCO documented the highest reading here was 9.4 sieverts/hr. TEPCO … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 TIPS Inspection Done, High Radiation Found

Fukushima Unit 1 TIPS Inspection Done, High Radiation Found

A new inspection attempt of the unit 1 TIPS room has been completed between September and October of 2015. TEPCO buried the information in the monthly roadmap document. The first attempt to inspect the unit 1 TIPS room was with a robot in ____. That was unsuccessful after the robot failed to unlock the door. These new TIPS room findings showed radiation levels higher than what TEPCO found inside the containment structure on the recent robot … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contamination Found In Tap Water; New Report

Fukushima Contamination Found In Tap Water; New Report

The report for July to September of 2015 again found traces of Fukushima contamination in tap water in certain cities in Japan. The readings are very low but drinking water is used in so many things people consume it does create a long term method of ongoing exposure. NRA did not mention if any of these municipalities were doing anything to try to further filter out contaminants before delivering water to the public. The cities with … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Deadly Radiation Levels Found Outside Containment

Fukushima Unit 2 Deadly Radiation Levels Found Outside Containment

TEPCO admitted to JapanTimes via Jiji that a deadly high level of radiation was found outside of unit 2′s containment. TEPCO found a reading of 9.4 sieverts per hour. These readings were taken in September but TEPCO only now admits them in the end of October. No press handout has been published on this new finding so far. Jiji says they were informed on Thursday. It is possible this was verbally conveyed at the press … Read entire article »

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The Curious Case Of Two Fukushima Workers

The Curious Case Of Two Fukushima Workers

TEPCO released a handout today providing new data on the unit 1/2 vent tower. The handout included photos from 2013 and 2015 to track the degradation of the damaged tower. It also included an up close investigation of the base of the tower, previously declared off limits due to high radiation. As can be seen in the photo below, the worker is in a full lead or titanium shielded suit. This area was over 10,000 … Read entire article »

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The chat system is temporarily down. We are working with our provider on repairing the issue. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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New Analysis Shows Fukushima Unit 3 Released High Concentration Of Contamination

New Analysis Shows Fukushima Unit 3 Released High Concentration Of Contamination

Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting a new analysis by Japan Atomic Energy Agency that shows Fukushima unit 3 may have released a high concentration of contamination northwest of the plant. Their analysis assumed that the release happened late in the evening of March 15, 2011 to early morning March 16th. Yomiuri reports that JAEA assumes a venting could have caused the release, but the last venting publicly documented by TEPCO was on 10:15pm March 14th.  If … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Second Containment Inspection Results

Fukushima Unit 3 Second Containment Inspection Results

TEPCO states that data gathered will be released later. They have released some images of the second day of containment inspections. TEPCO found what they described as sediment in the new photos. The sediments are in the underwater section of the inspection. One curious visual is a floor grating with some form of dense sediment able to span the gaps in the grating. It is also found stuck to horizontal surfaces in circular blobs. The … Read entire article »

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Leukemia Suffering Fukushima Worker Tells His Story

Leukemia Suffering Fukushima Worker Tells His Story

“I decided to go to Fukushima hoping that I could make some contribution to the recovery of the disaster-stricken communities, and I have no regret over my decision,”  The worker who is the first to win compensation for cancer related to his work at Fukushima Daiichi has granted an interview to Asahi Shimbun. The married father of three worked as a welder at the plant between 2012 and 2013. He worked between units 3 and 4, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 First Photos Inside Containment

Fukushima Unit 3 First Photos Inside Containment

TEPCO has released a set of images taken inside the containment structure of unit 3 on March 20th. This is the first work since the 2011 disaster to look inside the containment structure of unit 3. What was found was both expected and surprising. Compared to damage found around the unit 3 reactor building interior, this section of the containment structure didn’t show that level of damage. In portions of the reactor building mangled doors and … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Worker’s Cancer Tied To Disaster Exposure

Fukushima Worker’s Cancer Tied To Disaster Exposure

A former worker at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant during the disaster response at the plant has had his cancer tied to his work at the plant. The 30 year old man with leukemia was awarded work related compensation. His exposure at the plant was 15.7 mSv. Some media sources considered this the first casualty at the plant. A number of workers have died at the plant for various reasons with some of these deaths having … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Probe On October 20th

Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Probe On October 20th

TEPCO quietly announced that October 20th they would conduct the first containment inspection of unit 3. This is significant work as the building has been limited for entry due to damage and high radiation levels. Robotic decontamination has been under way in the building for more than a year.  TEPCO did not mention what the radiation levels would be near the work area. It appears they are using a rig similar to what has been used … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Says Unit 1-2 Vent Tower Probably OK For Now

TEPCO Says Unit 1-2 Vent Tower Probably OK For Now

TEPCO has been doing another round of inspections on the unit 1-2 vent tower. They told Mainichi they didn’t think it needed to be a priority right now but further inspections could uncover information that changes that determination. The tower has been of great concern since the base of it hold lethal levels of radiation. A more recent reading showed 25 sieverts at the base of the tower. This is higher in radioactivity than many … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Interim Plan Released

Fukushima Unit 1 Interim Plan Released

TEPCO released information about the interim plan for cleaning off the refueling floor of unit 1. One of the major problems with unit 1 is the concrete and asphalt roof slab that fell on top of the refueling floor during the hydrogen explosion. This is creating some challenges for determining the state of the debris beneath it. The existing refueling floor steel wall framework is slated to be removed starting in November 2015. Repeated scans of … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Executives May Be Prosecuted For Fukushima Contamination

TEPCO Executives May Be Prosecuted For Fukushima Contamination

This appears to be an additional set of charges that would apply to both former and current TEPCO executives. The charges were sent from the Prefecture police to the prosecutors office. The charges have to do with leaks of contaminated water from the plant. “The group says the company and the executives failed to properly manage storage tanks of contaminated water or build underground walls to block the flow.” Initial efforts at the disaster site included installing … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Containment Inspection Delayed To January

Fukushima Unit 2 Containment Inspection Delayed To January

TEPCO announced that the problems created by the stuck shielding blocks and high radiation in the work area will require the containment inspection to be delayed until January 2016. Rusted shielding blocks caused ongoing delays as they tried to determine a way to remove them. The area also has radiation levels as high as 1 sievert/hour. This has prevented workers from being in the area for any extended time. NHK reports that human workers were used … Read entire article »

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The Tour Of Fukushima You Need To See

The Tour Of Fukushima You Need To See

These amazing new photographs from Fukushima filmmaker and photographer Arkadiusz Podniesiński taken in the evacuation zone in 2015 tell a compelling story. His experiences and his accounting of the disaster give the reality of Fukushima without the typical spin found in most media accounts.  He was able to see the decontamination efforts up close along with the massive stores of contaminated soil. The imagery shows the enormity of the cleanup. In the evacuation zone he visits Mr. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Roof Mostly Removed

Fukushima Unit 1 Roof Mostly Removed

TEPCO has removed most of the roof from the cover building of unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi. This work began in July but has been repeatedly delayed without much explanation. Removing the roof is the first part of the eventual plan to clear debris off of the reactor refueling floor. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Shield Blocks Removed

Fukushima Unit 2 Shield Blocks Removed

TEPCO has reported via their Facebook page that the stuck shield blocks in unit 2 have been removed. These shielding blocks were fused to the reactor building floor due to rust in front of the CRD hatch door. They needed to be removed in order to access that hatch to insert the robot that will investigate inside containment. TEPCO used a small piece of heavy equipment with a clamp to shake the steel plate. This eventually … Read entire article »

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Municipal Drinking Water In Japan Still Show Traces Of Fukushima Contamination

Municipal Drinking Water In Japan Still Show Traces Of Fukushima Contamination

A recent Health Ministry report showed that a number of Japanese cities were still finding traces of Fukushima related contamination in their drinking water. The amounts found were low but they did include cesium 134, the shorter lived contaminant from Fukushima Daiichi. A strontium 90 test was not conducted on these samples. These cities had traces found in their drinking water: Morioka-Shi, Iwate Sendai city, Miyagi Prefecture Fukushima city, Fukushima Prefecture Ibaraki city Utsunomiya-Shi, Tochigi Maebashi city, Gunma prefecture Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Chigasaki-Shi, Kanagawa Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the … Read entire article »

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Last Of Fukushima Daiichi Steel Wall Closed

Last Of Fukushima Daiichi Steel Wall Closed

The last portion of the steel piling wall installed in the sea front of Fukushima Daiichi has been closed. On September 24th the last section was installed. This portion of the wall had been left open near unit 4′s intakes to allow groundwater and rain runoff to escape into the port to avoid flooding the areas around the reactors. With the land side section of the frozen wall operational, TEPCO finally completed this section of steel … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contaminated Mushrooms Found In Stores

Fukushima Contaminated Mushrooms Found In Stores

Four samples of mushrooms being sold in stores in Gunma Japan were found to be contaminated with cesium 134 & 137. All were over the government limits for food contamination. The problem of contaminated food is a long term problem as has been seen with areas impacted by Chernobyl. Fukushima Diary has more details here The Health Ministry report can be found here This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join … Read entire article »

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IAEA Report Admits Fukushima Unit 5 Worse Than Previously Stated

IAEA Report Admits Fukushima Unit 5 Worse Than Previously Stated

Details found in the recent IAEA report on the Fukushima disaster admitted some key information about the events at unit 5. These details show that the events at unit 5 were much more dire than the impression given to the public. During the initial disaster little was mentioned about unit 5 as other units spiraled into catastrophic meltdowns. TEPCO’s reporting was limited, purposely avoids key events and obfuscates others. The Japanese government official report did provide more … Read entire article »

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Researchers Confirm 100% Of Fukushima Unit 2 Core May Have Melted

Researchers Confirm 100% Of Fukushima Unit 2 Core May Have Melted

Nagoya University announced that their ongoing research of the unit 2 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi has shown that 70-100% of the reactor core melted. The university research team has been using muon particle scanners to search for rector fuel in the remains of the unit 2 reactor vessel. While this isn’t really news to anyone who has been seriously following the disaster since 2011 it is significant that a major research project involved with the decommissioning … Read entire article »

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Environment Ministry To Move Fukushima Soil Bags

Environment Ministry To Move Fukushima Soil Bags

The Environment Ministry has said they would move contaminated soil bags housed near rivers or alternatively “tie them with ropes” to try to prevent them from washing away in another flood. Not mentioned in the NHK report out today was why they were placed there in the first place. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted … Read entire article »

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Shouganai Hits Fukushima Daiichi

Shouganai Hits Fukushima Daiichi

Shouganai has again hit Fukushima Daiichi. The notion that “it can’t be helped” was cited by NRA when confronted with yet another radioactive release to the ocean at the disaster site. The prefecture government demanded that NRA put limits on the radioactive contamination levels of rainwater being allowed to run out of the plant. NRA claimed that since there isn’t already a specific law to address that, they can do nothing. Recent rainwater leaks from the … Read entire article »

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Japanese Govt. To Return Contaminated Soil Storage Land To Owners

Japanese Govt. To Return Contaminated Soil Storage Land To Owners

Land borrowed in Minamisoma for storing bags of contaminated soil is going to be “returned” to the land owners it was leased from. The local government decided not to renew some land leases, hoping to move the bags to interim storage elsewhere. What is not mentioned is how contaminated these plots of land would now be after hosting contaminated storage for so long. Many of the bags were already past their life span and little … Read entire article »

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Fukushima ALPS System Secret Revealed

TEPCO and their contract partners have been fairly secretive about what exactly makes the ALPS system work. While they have provided schematics and some explanation of the systems processes, they have not said what filtration materials are being used in the systems. Finnish company Fortum has been providing ion exchange materials to Fukushima Daiichi since 2012. In their recent press release they explain what some of those filtration materials used in ALPS are. A proprietary ion exchange material called Nures® includes three proprietary ion exchange materials CsTreat® removes cesiums SrTreat® removes strontium CoTreat® removes cobalt If you are unfamiliar with ion exchange materials, Wikipedia has a good explanation This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other … Read entire article »

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395 Bags Of Contaminated Fukushima Soil Washed Away In Flood

395 Bags Of Contaminated Fukushima Soil Washed Away In Flood

NHK is reporting that 395 bags of contaminated soil and debris washed away in the recent flooding in Fukushima. 314 bags were recovered but about half had been torn and their contents washed away. The storage location of the thousands of bags of contaminated soil has been an ongoing problem. Citizens and watchdog groups have repeatedly documented unsafe storage locations on sea front beaches, in marsh areas and along river banks. The Japanese government has … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contaminated Soil Bags Washed Away In Floods

Fukushima Contaminated Soil Bags Washed Away In Floods

NHK is reporting that bags on contaminated soil and debris in Iitate Village were washed away in the recent flooding. About 30 of the large holding bags washed into a river. They did not offer any reporting about other similar incidents. Activists and local residents have been documenting and complaining about contaminated soil placement for years. Many of these bags have been deposited in marsh land, low lying areas near rivers and even some on … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Flooded

Fukushima Daiichi Flooded

Heavy rains in north eastern Japan have caused flooding at Fukushima Daiichi. Rivers in the region have flooded and a number of nearby towns have declared flood alerts. JMA reported flooding in Tomioka and Futaba near the plant. While TEPCO has not released a clear report on ongoing problems at the plant, bits of information came out in the routine reporting. K drainage, one of the existing rainwater drainage systems known to transport contaminated runoff out … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Finish Closing Sea Wall By End Of October

TEPCO To Finish Closing Sea Wall By End Of October

TEPCO announced the timeline to close the steel piling sea wall. This wall has been under construction for years. An opening was left at one end to allow groundwater to escape the reactor building area. Now that TEPCO has the frozen wall mostly operational and a plan to remove the subdrain pit water they will finally close this gap in the contaminated water containment efforts. It will take time and more diverse monitoring to fully … Read entire article »

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The Reopening Of Nahara Fukushima, What The Press Failed To Mention

The Reopening Of Nahara Fukushima, What The Press Failed To Mention

The press has widely reported the reopening of Nahara as the government uses it as a PR tool. Much of the reporting focused on issues such as the lack of stores, services or schools. This is a distraction from the very real pressing concern of the radiation levels and uncertain status of the town’s decontamination efforts. Nahara has been plagued with problems and high radiation levels yet the government has characterized the town as being “safe”. … Read entire article »

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