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Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Damaged

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Damaged

NHK is reporting that TEPCO has admitted that two spent fuel pool gates at unit 3 are damaged. They described the first gate as being shifted out of position and that it likely was caused by the refueling crane when it fell into the pool during the blast. The utility considers the second gate to also be shifted but didn’t elaborate. They are currently working on determining if removing the remaining sections of the crane might cause the … Read entire article »

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Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

A recent discovery of banned Japanese foods being sold in Taiwan is causing considerable concern about the actual safety of the food supply. This comes only weeks after contaminated Japanese tea was reported as being found in Hong Kong. Taiwan has fairly rigorous food safety standards. In 2011 Taiwan banned the sale of all foods from Fukushima and four other prefectures. That ban is still in place today. On top of the ban of all products … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Information Found

Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Information Found

Information for the unit 2 muon scan has been found. Still not released as information through any of the official channels dealing with the disaster. The handout from Nagoya University shows unit 2 on the left and unit 5 (with fuel in the core) on the right. Researchers assume “very little” fuel is left in the reactor vessel of unit 2. They seem to have considered the set of scans a success and considered the potential for … Read entire article »

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University Does Undisclosed Scans Of Fukushima Daiichi

University Does Undisclosed Scans Of Fukushima Daiichi

These scans were never mentioned in any TEPCO literature, none of IRID’s documents nor METI’s reports on the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Kyodo News announced today that Nagoya University conducted five muon scans on reactors 2 and 5 between April and July of 2014. They compared the two reactors and concluded that unit 2 “melted down”. This has been common knowledge for a number of years. So far no data, images or report has been made … Read entire article »

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Muon Scan Finds No Fuel In Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Vessel

Muon Scan Finds No Fuel In Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Vessel

TEPCO published the results of the muon scan done by IRID and their cooperating partners. No fuel was found in the reactor vessel of unit 1 Fukushima Daiichi. The handout in Japanese can be found here A very rough English translation can be found here This was as expected by many (including us) who have been documenting the other evidence that indicated this was the likely case. The plan for the future with unit 1 is to insert … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

When Yuji Onuma was in 6th grade he wrote a phrase. What started as part of a homework project, won an award and eventually became the slogan on large signs as you enter Futaba Fukushima. “Nuclear power the energy of a promising future“ The now ironic signs are to be torn down. The town claims the signs are a safety risk as they have deteriorated. Mr. Onuma wants the signs to stay. “The signboards should be preserved as … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Workers Urged To Participate In Govt. Study

Fukushima Daiichi Workers Urged To Participate In Govt. Study

The Japanese government has decided to allow RERF  (Radiation Effects Research Foundation) to do an epidemiological study on the workers from Fukushima Daiichi. This would be a study only, it would not include giving them any needed medical care. RERF is an incarnation of the A-bomb commission that investigated the human damage from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and is run jointly by the US and Japan. “The Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) was a commission established … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

We previously reported about increases at the unit 1 discharge canal back in February. The highs back then were in the 4 digit range. More recent testing in the last week has seen much higher readings. Readings taken: 3.13.2015 Beta radiation: 110,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 84,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 24,000 bq/liter The highest readings in February that raised concerns were: Beta radiation: 8,200 bq/liter Cesium 137: 2,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 580 bq/liter TEPCO has said nothing about the increases found in February and nothing … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Japanese Tea Found In Hong Kong

Radioactive Japanese Tea Found In Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s government Center For Food Safety, found a series of radioactive Japanese tea samples in 2014. The findings are just slightly lower than findings from previous years of 2012 and 2013 by the same agency. Hong Kong officials seized the tea shipments from the importers for disposal so these products found did not make it to market. It does not appear that Hong Kong tests every shipment that comes in but likely spot tests products. … Read entire article »

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Study Finds US Media Downplayed Fukushima Daiichi

Study Finds US Media Downplayed Fukushima Daiichi

A new study looked into the media behavior in reporting on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The study found that key media outlets based on their readership and reach, systematically downplayed the impact of the disaster while ignoring critical aspects of the disaster. The study also pointed out a significant bias in who has access to the media and controls the narrative. “The research shows that corporations and government agencies had disproportionate access to framing the event … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Sea Soil Radiation Readings Released

Fukushima Sea Soil Radiation Readings Released

Japan’s NRA has released a series of sea soil and sediment readings taken off the eastern coast of Japan. The readings cover the near shore areas of Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures. The highest cesium readings were south of the nuclear plant site in Ibaraki prefecture, south of Iwaki City. High strontium 90 readings were found both north and south of the plant. These readings were higher than the ones directly offshore from the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO admitted that water recently leaked from the H4 tank farm is loose in the groundwater at the plant. Monitoring wells installed downstream after the first major leak from these tanks, found a spike to 11,000 bq/liter in well E-9. Earlier in the last month, a drainage canal nearby alarmed when highly radioactive water was found in it but TEPCO insisted this had nothing to do with the nearby tanks. Now TEPCO is admitting contaminated water … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Melted Fuel Removal Process Being Reconsidered

Fukushima Melted Fuel Removal Process Being Reconsidered

The Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation is reconsidering the approach to be used for removing melted fuel at Fukushima Daiichi. The early established plan was to try to fill the containment structures with water and retrieve the melted fuel with robotic equipment through the top of the reactor via the reactor well. Last year IRID (International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning) questioned this approach and urged that an alternative option be established in case the flooding plan would not … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Disaster Testimony Of PM Kan, Now In English

Fukushima Disaster Testimony Of PM Kan, Now In English

Carole Hisasue generously donated her time to translate the Fukushima Daiichi Diet Investigation testimony of former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Kan’s role during the disaster was pivitol and he is one of a few people with first hand knowledge of how events transpired. The Diet testimony currently exists only in Japanese and includes statements from the key people involved in the disaster response and from many workers at the plant. If you would like to … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Facts Brochure

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Facts Brochure

We have published a new printable brochure with key current information about the disaster. The brochure is available in PDF format. If you are interested in using the brochure as a printed handout for your group or event contact us for more information. The brochure and related information, including the source citations for the brochure can be found here http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=14544 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at … Read entire article »

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Managing Public Perceptions Of Fukushima

Managing Public Perceptions Of Fukushima

Dr. Robert Jacobs has penned a timely article over at DiaNuke.org about the history of controlling public perception of nuclear disasters. This process in not new but it still in play today around the Fukushima disaster. You can read his entire essay here: http://www.dianuke.org/managing-public-perceptions-of-fukushima-first-emergency-response-of-the-nuclear-complex/ 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 … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Disaster Four Year Report

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Disaster Four Year Report

It has been four years since the massive triple disaster struck Japan. In some ways much has changed, in others, problems continue to drag on. Over the last year TEPCO managed to finally remove all of the spent fuel from the unit 4 spent fuel pool. This serious risk has now been removed with the fuel residing in the much safer common fuel pool. TEPCO has since focused work on steps needed to prepare for … Read entire article »

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New Contaminated Water Leak At Daiichi Came From Same Tanks

New Contaminated Water Leak At Daiichi Came From Same Tanks

A rise in contaminated water in the “C” drainage channel up on the hill was detected around Thursday. TEPCO has now admitted that water in the weir area of the H4 tank area may be to blame. A small leak in the pipe penetrations of the weir caused a leak of about 25 liters of water. TEPCO had been transferring standing water between the H6 and H4 weirs. They noted an unusual rise in the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Fuel Removal To Start Within Year

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Fuel Removal To Start Within Year

TEPCO told Yomiuri Shimbun that they expect to begin removing spent fuel at the unit 3 reactor within the 2015 fiscal year. Work to remove the damaged fuel handling crane has been delayed until April due to the complexity of the task. TEPCO will need to install a cover building vaguely similar to the one installed on unit 4. The building for unit 3 will have to work around existing structural and technical challenges unique to … Read entire article »

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New Fukushima Daiichi Detailed Plant Map

New Fukushima Daiichi Detailed Plant Map

We have added a new detailed map of the Fukushima Daiichi plant as a permanent reference source on our website. The map from TEPCO includes most buildings, storage sites and canals at the plant along with some photos to document what those facilities look like. This is useful for trying to identify the location of certain equipment or the proximity of equipment to other parts of the plant. There is also a list of the … Read entire article »

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Veneer Peels Off Fukushima Disaster

Veneer Peels Off Fukushima Disaster

The carefully crafted veneer of recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by the government is peeling in many ways. Protesters who have been camped out in front of the METI agency office since 2011 were told by a court to pay about $240,000 for their protest. The encampment has been a thorn in the side of the agency who was without a way to disperse the group of protesters and no interest in hearing their … Read entire article »

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Oil Leak In Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool

Oil Leak In Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool

An oil leak occurred in the spent fuel pool of unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi today as work was under way to remove parts of the fuel handling machine. The fuel crane fell into the spent fuel pool during the massive explosion at unit 3. TEPCO has been taking the crane out in sections. Oil from the crane leaked into the pool as a section was removed. The cooling loop for the spent fuel pool … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Under Fire For Leaks At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Under Fire For Leaks At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has again been receiving growing criticism over their handling of contaminated water at the plant. The first leak, from a series of drainage canals that route from up on the hill where the tank farms reside down to the port has been under increased scrutiny by Japan’s NRA. It appears that heightened oversight of this first leak may have led to the admission of the second leak where contaminated water from unit 2′s roofs was … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Extended Report 2015

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Extended Report 2015

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Report 2015 By The SimplyInfo Research Team Dean Wilkie – Author Edano San MD  - Author Peter Melzer PhD – Author Nancy Foust  - Editor February 23, 2015 © 2015 SimplyInfo.org All Rights Reserved. During the early events of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster unit 2 was given little attention in public facing information. It also appears that many of the outcomes from unit 2 may have been credited as being caused by other units a the plant or considered of … Read entire article »

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Leak At Fukushima Daiichi Reaches Port

Leak At Fukushima Daiichi Reaches Port

A contaminated water leak into the drainage ditches up on the hill was found to have at least in part reached the port. The leak was first reported over the weekend when an alarm on the drainage ditches went off. The series of drainage ditches up on the hill were concreted, valves were installed and the entire system was routed to the port after earlier leaks were found to be running out to sea. This work … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Chills Out

Fukushima Daiichi Chills Out

TEPCO released two photos of the newly installed refrigeration unit for the underground frozen wall at Fukushima Daiichi. No other information was provided with these two photos of the new facility.   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 … Read entire article »

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2014 Fukushima Fallout Maps Published

2014 Fukushima Fallout Maps Published

Japan’s NRA published new fallout maps. The first one is the current radiation levels in the evacuation zone but does not include all of the outlying areas that are contaminated. The second is fallout maps 2011 to 2014 that show some reductions in contamination but that significant contamination still exists. These new maps do not include contamination further from the evacuation zone.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Roadmap Update Shows Changes At Disaster Site

Fukushima Roadmap Update Shows Changes At Disaster Site

METI released a new roadmap document for Fukushima Daiichi. Most of it is repeats of old information. There were a few new pieces of information. The frozen wall is expected to have actual freezing operations start by the end of March 2015. They did not say how long total completion would take. The existing Kurion and Sarry cesium filtration systems have had the ability to now filter out strontium 90 added to their capabilities. These systems are still … Read entire article »

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Tuesday Earthquake Aftershock Of 3-11 Quake

Tuesday Earthquake Aftershock Of 3-11 Quake

Experts cited the early Tuesday 6.9 quake in Iwate Prefecture was an aftershock of the 2011 “3-11″ quake. The Tuesday quake caused a tsunami alert to be issued. The resulting tsunami was less than 1 meter. TEPCO reported that the quake had minimal impact at the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site further down the coast. 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 … Read entire article »

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Face Mask Rules At Fukushima Daiichi To Be Relaxed In May

Face Mask Rules At Fukushima Daiichi To Be Relaxed In May

TEPCO announced that workers will be allowed to wear half masks or dust masks in more areas at Fukushima Daiichi beginning in May. Currently most areas require a full face mask. Certain areas considered less hazardous will allow workers to wear lesser mask type protection. Areas where highly contaminated water is located would still require full face masks. Additional dust monitoring is planned. TEPCO also cited the paving of parts of the plant as a partial … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Begins Concreting Unit 4 Trench At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Begins Concreting Unit 4 Trench At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has begun concreting in the seawater piping trench for unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. The work has been on the longer term roadmap but has been moved up as similar work began last week for unit 2′s seawater piping trench. Japan’s NRA recently criticized TEPCO’s efforts, claiming that contaminated water is still leaving the plant and that it may be leaking out below the current blocking efforts. The water displaced by the concrete is … Read entire article »

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1000 Homes In Fukushima To Be Demolished

1000 Homes In Fukushima To Be Demolished

1000 homes are set to be demolished after they were previously decontaminated. Most homes had suffered significant damage due to weather and animals while the owners were evacuated. The homes were part of an initial decontamination effort. Owners opted to have them torn down due to the considerable damage. Some had also opted not to return in places like Nahara due to the radiation levels and lack of infrastructure. image credit | CS Monitor This article would … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Scheduled For May 2015

Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Scheduled For May 2015

IRID is reporting that the muon scan of unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi will begin around May 10th of 2015. The scan of unit 1 is scheduled to begin today after equipment was brought on sight and installed earlier in the month. The scans hope to determine if any fuel remains in the reactor vessels. IRID also reports that the consider the combination of the muon scans and the upcoming robot inspections of the containment … Read entire article »

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Frozen Wall Delayed As More Concreting At Fukushima Daiichi

Frozen Wall Delayed As More Concreting At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO announced a two week delay in work to install a frozen underground wall around the leaking reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The work has been interrupted by a sudden rush to concrete the unit 3 water handling trench. The change of plans includes what NHK described as an effort to concrete the interface areas between the buildings and the trenches in an attempt to block contaminated water flows. Earlier this year NRA stated that the plant … Read entire article »

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2nd Mobile Strontium 90 Filter System In Service At Fukushima Daiichi

2nd Mobile Strontium 90 Filter System In Service At Fukushima Daiichi

A second mobile strontium 90 filtration system is in service at Fukushima Daiichi after initial testing. The portable system housed in modified shipping containers are being used to filter out strontium 90 from contaminated water sitting in tanks. The systems can remove most of the strontium 90 from the contaminated water. This considerably reduces this type of contamination and further reduces some of the risk factors involving the massive tank farms on site. TEPCO has not … Read entire article »

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NHK Report; Fukushima Meltdowns Released More Radiation Than Assumed

NHK Report; Fukushima Meltdowns Released More Radiation Than Assumed

A recent NHK video report on the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns revealed some critical new details about the meltdowns and the extent of the releases from the plant. The report documents that the water injected into the reactors by fire engines now has a known failure rate. Before, TEPCO had admitted “most” of the sea water injected as a last ditch effort to cool the reactors didn’t make it into the reactors but instead flowed backwards into … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection To Begin In April

Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection To Begin In April

AP is reporting that Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 will get the first of three anticipated containment inspections in early April of this year. Hitachi showed off the shape changing robot to the press this week. The robot will be used once at unit 1 then stored in a shielded box. Hitachi is expecting to use a slightly different robot for the inspection of each unit but didn’t say what those differences would be. This upcoming inspection … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Begins Concreting Unit 3 Trench

TEPCO Begins Concreting Unit 3 Trench

TEPCO concreted the unit 3 trench in some unannounced work at Fukushima Daiichi. The unit 2 cable trench had been previously concreted in. Japan’s NRA had recently announced they assume the plant is still leaking out to sea, possibly beneath the wall blocking efforts at the plant. This effort to concrete in the unit 3 trench had not been previously announced and the area had not had any unusually high levels of contamination compared to … Read entire article »

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New Study Finds Fukushima Food Contamination Underestimates Strontium 90

New Study Finds Fukushima Food Contamination Underestimates Strontium 90

A new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology looked at governmental food testing in Japan. The study reviewed foods testing for cesium 137 contamination and also strontium 90 contamination. Official assumptions had been than there was a set ratio of cesium 137 to strontium 90 across all foods. What was found is that over time the ratio of strontium 90 in foods had increased. This makes the standard assumed ratio being used incorrect. … Read entire article »

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Muon Scans Begin At Fukushima Daiichi

Muon Scans Begin At Fukushima Daiichi

Muon scans have begun at Fukushima Daiichi for the unit 1 reactor. The set of three self contained boxes has been installed at unit 1 of Fukushima Daiichi and will run for about a month before results could be known. The project was initially conceived by scientists at Los Alamos national lab in the US. The project is currently being run by Toshiba and coordinated by IRID. After initial test runs at a research reactor facility in … Read entire article »

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