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Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

TEPCO admitted today that the plant is still releasing 10 million becquerels per hour to the atmosphere. This is in addition to all the initial and over time releases from the early phases of the disaster. TEPCO also claimed that the incident during unit 3′s demolition only released one trillion becquerels, much lower that the 4 trillion becquerels release estimate for the incident compiled by researchers at Kyoto University who found the releases in the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Workers for TEPCO have been leaving at a rapid pace. Between cuts in pay and the social stigma of working for the company, many have chosen to leave. What is more interesting is how many have left the nuclear industry all together and are now working for new solar power companies. This could become an even larger trend as other nuclear power utilities see their businesses flounder. The disaster has also caused a drastic shift in … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Utilities Face Problems All Around

Japan’s Nuclear Utilities Face Problems All Around

Two Japanese nuclear power utilities have received bail outs from Japan’s state backed bank. Hokkaido and Kyushu power companies both received bail outs. Both companies are heavily invested in nuclear power. Meanwhile nine power utilities in Japan held their annual shareholder meetings this week. All involved shareholder calls to end the use of nuclear power by the companies. All were rejected by the utilities. TEPCO’s shareholder meeting was particularly chaotic with multiple calls for the company to … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Deep Groundwater Contamination & Leak To Sea

TEPCO Admits Deep Groundwater Contamination & Leak To Sea

TEPCO has been doing further groundwater investigations at the plant including testing for contamination at various depths to understand what layers are carrying most of the contamination. They now admit that contamination can make it into the deep groundwater layer and could be leaking out to sea. This is something both the NRA and various researchers have speculated since early this year. TEPCO noted that the pressure in the deep layer is less than the water … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Tents For Tanks Plan At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO’s Tents For Tanks Plan At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has told the NRA that they intend to cover contaminated water tanks at Fukushima Daiichi with some form of tent to help eliminate rainwater build up and contamination. TEPCO presented 6 ideas for how they might try to cover the tanks. Some appear more effective than others. There does not appear to be a timeline or deadline for this work yet. 1 proposed gutter + Weir cover system 2 to plan  tank top roof installation plan. 3 proposal for membrane material tent 4 draft simple roof system 5 large tents method 6 proposed permanent structure systems This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

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Hosono Confirms TEPCO Corporate Wanted To Abandon Fukushima Daiichi

Hosono Confirms TEPCO Corporate Wanted To Abandon Fukushima Daiichi

In a rare interview prompted by the recent Asahi Shimbun article series on the statements of late Fukushima Daiichi plant manager, Masao Yoshida, former cabinet advisor Goshi Hosono granted an interview. Hosono was acting as a go between with Yoshida at Fukushima Daiichi and Prime Minister Kan during the disaster. Hosono’s communications and recollection of events at the Prime Minister’s office clearly showed it was TEPCO’s corporate office in Tokyo that wanted to abandon Fukushima … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Scandal

Fukushima Frozen Wall Scandal

The Japanese government began funding this project after it was discovered TEPCO had realized the need, yet hid the problem and skipped the project due to the massive cost involved. Now the Japanese government is funding the project and administering it through METI. All tests of the technology at the plant have proven it to be successful. Then NRA raised the concern about how the wall might change water levels inside the reactor building area. This … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Books 438 Billion Yen Profit

TEPCO Books 438 Billion Yen Profit

TEPCO again books a profit, this time about 438 billion yen. The company recently received another injection of government money. Comments on the news in a recent article were mostly outrage. Taxpayers are largely footing the bill for the disaster. Impacted residents are still trying to obtain compensation for their losses. Allowing shareholders to benefit from TEPCO’s creative accounting practices doesn’t seem to be going over well with anyone but TEPCO. This article would not be … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Gets More Money From Japanese Government

TEPCO received another 191.8 billion yen from the Japanese government. The money is intended to be used to pay compensation claims for damaged caused to individuals and businesses by their nuclear disaster. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. 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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Struggles For Information & Justice Continue In Japan Over Fukushima

Struggles For Information & Justice Continue In Japan Over Fukushima

Hyogo prefecture has been stalling the release of a nuclear crisis study’s data. A freedom of information act request mandated the release of the information to the public but the government has stalled doing this leading some to believe they are hiding the extent of the risk to the public from nearby nuclear plants. If you thought TEPCO was treating the residents of Fukushima horribly, the treatment of their own employees has been even worse. In … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Ignores Tank Alarms For Hours, Here Is Why

TEPCO Ignores Tank Alarms For Hours, Here Is Why

Ex SKF found the reason why TEPCO workers had been ignoring the new tank alarms for hours at a time. All of the tank alarms feed into a monitoring room where a PC is used to keep track of the tank data. Someone turned off the volume on the PC so the workers never heard the audio alarm. This apparently was like this for months. Read the whole thing here: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/04/fukushima-i-npp-tank-alarm-didnt-sound.html This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Tank Leak To Pacific Far Worse Than Admitted

Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Tank Leak To Pacific Far Worse Than Admitted

TEPCO has admitted that the radioactive sludge leak from the H4 tank farm last August was more than three times worse than admitted. TEPCO has already been under fire for hiding or downplaying information leading up to the IOC decision on who would host the next summer Olympics in September. The leak was initially rated at 80 million becquerels of strontium 90, part of which leaked into the Pacific. At this rate the NRA had declared … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Release Groundwater At Fukushima, Potential Consequences

TEPCO To Release Groundwater At Fukushima, Potential Consequences

TEPCO has gained permission from fishing groups to dump contaminated groundwater into the Pacific as long as it is below government release levels. The fishing groups asked for 3rd party testing of the water and for government compensation if this continues to ruin their industry. Within a day TEPCO began pumping groundwater into a set of old bolt together tanks. It has yet to be published who this 3rd party to do testing will be. The … Read entire article »

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Worker Death At Fukushima Daiichi Completely Preventable

Worker Death At Fukushima Daiichi Completely Preventable

TEPCO released an interim report into the recent construction worker’s death at the plant. The report showed that the worker had been working in a small cave like area while jackhammering concrete overhead. This was under the overhang of the building foundation. This scenario would have been considered inappropriate under the worker safety rules in most developed countries. The hole dug for access to this area of the foundation was held back with plywood and steel … Read entire article »

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All Work Haulted At Fukushima Daiichi

After the death of a construction worker yesterday all work at Fukushima Daiichi has been stopped. TEPCO announced in today’s press update that the only work continuing is monitoring of well points and the water treatment system. It was not clear from the report if the police or TEPCO called for the work stoppage. A “safety overhaul” is being implemented at the plant. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. 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 … Read entire article »

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Worker Dies At Fukushima Daiichi

Worker Dies At Fukushima Daiichi

A construction worker at the plant died after a concrete foundation wall collapsed. Work was being done in an excavation hole when the wall failed trapping the worker under concrete and soil. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The building being worked on was not near the failed reactor buildings. There are questions about the situation the worker was in and if proper safety precautions were being taken. TEPCO claimed to the media this was … Read entire article »

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142 TEPCO Workers Found To Have Higher Exposures

142 TEPCO workers were found to have higher radiation exposures than TEPCO admitted. The Labor ministry found the workers doses were calculated improperly and that they had as much as double the exposure TEPCO claimed. Since exposure numbers are being used to determine who gets additional health screening and could be used as evidence in future injury cases, correct exposure estimates are critical. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Pay Town’s Residents Full Compensation

The notion of total compensation may not be a totally accurate term. 39 households will by payed a total of 20 million USD in a settlement with TEPCO. This averages out to 512,820 USD per household.  The town of Kawamata was not designated one of the no return zones but factors that would make it hard for anyone to return any time soon compelled TEPCO to consider the properties a full loss. Arbitrators arranged the deal. It was not mentioned if evacuees payments would be deducted from these amounts. These amounts would also likely include any relocation costs reimbursement and suffering. Based on a review of average home prices in Japan this amount may or may not cover the cost of a home including land. This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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METI Working On Tritium Disposal For Fukushima Daiichi

METI Working On Tritium Disposal For Fukushima Daiichi

While the IAEA is busy trying to convince the public yet again that TEPCO should dump contaminated water into the sea, METI has been working on plans to store or dispose of the tritium laced water. In a March 14 set of reports METI documented their plans for potential tritium disposal. The post ALPS water will require removal of iodine 129 and cobalt 60 before it can be handled as tritium only water. METI operates under … Read entire article »

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TEPCO 2011-2014 A Systemic Failure

TEPCO 2011-2014 A Systemic Failure

SimplyInfo.org member Peter Melzer takes a look at the systemic failures at TEPCO and how cognitive processes impact what has transpired inside the company from the initial disaster to the current dysfunction. Read the entire paper on Peter’s blog here: http://brainmindinst.blogspot.com/2014/03/tepco-2011-2014-systemic-failure.html image credit | http://yourbrainhealth.com.au/ This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Withholding Stronitum 90 Readings

TEPCO Admits Withholding Stronitum 90 Readings

TEPCO has admitted they knew about the extremely high strontium 90 readings and the issues with their testing equipment back in July 2013 but did not make any of this information public. The timing makes the issue even more suspect since the bid for the Olympics was being decided about the same time. TEPCO knew of the record high 5 million bq/liter strontium 90 reading in July 2013 but decided it was “inaccurate” and chose not to … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Most Radiation Readings May Be Wrong

TEPCO Admits Most Radiation Readings May Be Wrong

TEPCO has admitted a large number of their radiation readings taken since 2011 may be wrong and much lower than reality. An audit will be performed on old data from 2011 until October 2013. TEPCO called the audit “massive”. Their explanation is that high radiation samples had a “counting miss” where the total level of radiation in the sample is not accurately recorded. Some media reports questioned TEPCO’s excuse. We have not seen NRA’s view of … Read entire article »

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5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO released readings for two seafront wells that have not been published before. Wells 1-2 and 1-3 were not on any older reports from before January.These are the first strontium 90 readings for these wells. The strontium 90  reading for well 1-2 was 5,000,000 bq/liter dated July 5, 2013. The “all beta” reading for the same date was actually lower than the strontium 90 alone at 900,000 bq/liter. TEPCO gives no explanation for how they … Read entire article »

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More On Fukushima Unit 3, TEPCO Fails To Explain Levels

More On Fukushima Unit 3, TEPCO Fails To Explain Levels

TEPCO released two new handouts on the leak at unit 3. This gives some additional insight but still fails to explain a number of critical issues. Handout 1: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140122_05-j.pdf Handout 2: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/roadmap/images/l140120_01-e.pdf TEPCO does not provide any data to explain their claim for where the water level in containment is. They cite using pressure readings to determine this but give no information to show how they came to such a conclusion. Available pressure readings show a single sensor for the … Read entire article »

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NRA Japan Saves The US West Coast And The Rest Of The World

NRA Japan Saves The US West Coast And The Rest Of The World

NRA demanded that TEPCO drop test waste canisters to be used to hold highly radioactive sludge from the ALPS processing system. They also stopped TEPCO from operating ALPS months ago and demanded they test the system first. The systems are all still in various phases of testing due to a string of failures. Had NRA not stepped in TEPCO would have had ALPS in an attempt at full operation with now known flaws and have … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Re-Installs Unit 1 Web Camera At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Re-Installs Unit 1 Web Camera At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO is reporting they will re-install the web camera near unit 1. The camera is not live yet but will give another view of the work at the plant. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Workers Who Risked Lives, TEPCO Demands They Repay Evacuee Compensation

Fukushima Workers Who Risked Lives, TEPCO Demands They Repay Evacuee Compensation

Many of the workers at Fukushima Daiichi lived in the area. They lost their homes to the tsunami and nuclear disaster just as all of the other nearby residents did. They continued to work at the plant even as they lost everything and had their lives turned upside down. Now TEPCO is demanding they repay huge sums (some around $100,000 USD) even if they no longer are receiving compensation payments. Many saw their ongoing compensation payments … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Sets Up Internal Decommissioning Authority

TEPCO Sets Up Internal Decommissioning Authority

TEPCO announced it will launch an internal decommissioning authority by April 2014. This internal group would include management from involved manufacturers possibly Hitachi-GE. The new entity also claims it would have better integration with IRID. It is not clear if this new authority would have more independence in strategy and spending from TEPCO. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. … Read entire article »

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At Fukushima Daiichi; What The Media Isn’t Reporting

At Fukushima Daiichi; What The Media Isn’t Reporting

There have been a number of things going on at the plant in recent weeks that do not make the news. These efforts are progress towards improving conditions and also understanding the meltdowns. Reduce Water Injection To Reactors TEPCO plans to reduce the reactor water injection rate at units 2 and 3. They indicated that changes to the nitrogen levels in unit 1 showed a temperature rise that gave them concerns about reducing water injection at unit … Read entire article »

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Fukushima News Roundup; December 16, 2013

Fukushima News Roundup; December 16, 2013

Banks that have been lending money to TEPCO say they will cut off new loans after this upcoming ones for December. This means TEPCO can’t borrow any more money unless they refinance other loans or create other ways to free up more credit or cash. Another well at Fukushima Daiichi has seen a beta radiation spike. Groundwater well 0-3-2 had 63,000 Bq/L of beta radiation. TEPCO makes another admission on the water injection failure back in 2011. They … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Water Leak Issues May Still Be Out Of Control In 2020

Fukushima Water Leak Issues May Still Be Out Of Control In 2020

Officials from METI admit that problems with leaking contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi may still not be under control in 2020. The advisory panel to METI has made a list of new actions that need to be taken to help control the leaking water problems at the plant. Some included were to pave over parts of the plant to lessen rainwater intrusion and to install double wall tanks on site for long term water storage. … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Strontium 90 And Radioactive Silver Found In Fukushima Fish

Radioactive Strontium 90 And Radioactive Silver Found In Fukushima Fish

TEPCO tested fish within 20km (fish hauled 1-3 km offshore) of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for cesium, strontium 90 and radioactive silver. This appears to be some of the first testing for isotopes other than cesium or iodine 131. Seventeen samples were tested, five fish were found with strontium 90 levels. There appeared to be a weak connection between the cesium levels in the fish and the strontium 90 levels in the fish. The cesium … Read entire article »

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Who Really Runs Fukushima Daiichi?

Who Really Runs Fukushima Daiichi?

Much has been made about the contractor system at Fukushima Daiichi, the worker abuses and cut rate construction. This only looks at one aspect of the contractor system at the plant. Tasks like tank construction have been given out to layers of subcontractors but these subcontractors only do some of the work at the plant. Much of the work falls to what are called prime contractors. These are companies like Toshiba, Hitachi-GE or Kajima. The … Read entire article »

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Warning Alarm At Fukushima Daiichi Caused By Rat Pee

Warning Alarm At Fukushima Daiichi Caused By Rat Pee

TEPCO was again foiled by rats. A warning alarm went off in the electrical switching gear at the plant. Workers investigating the cause discovered a rat had urinated on the alarm wiring. TEPCO has had multiple power outages caused by rats electrocuting themselves as they crawled into the replacement electrical switching equipment. Workers previously filled spaces in the electrical boxes where rodents could crawl in. A small entry space was found in this box. There … Read entire article »

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“Troika Of Irresponsibility” & Dissatisfaction In Fukushima Disaster Response

“Troika Of Irresponsibility” & Dissatisfaction In Fukushima Disaster Response

Remember only weeks ago when Japan’s PM Abe announced the government was taking over the contaminated water problems at Fukushima Daiichi? If you thought it was more of a political stunt you may be right. Asahi Shimbun looked at the history of this ongoing problem and who is to blame. In what Asahi Shimbun called a “troika of irresponsibility” (troika meaning a set of three) they documented the infighting and dysfunction that has caused progress … Read entire article »

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Poor TEPCO! Upset That News Media Reported Fuel Cask Transfer

Poor TEPCO! Upset That News Media Reported Fuel Cask Transfer

TEPCO sent out this press release today complaining about the press, for reporting news. Kyodo News and possibly others flew helicopters over Fukushima Daiichi during the fuel cask transfer process. This took place Thursday when the first cask of fuel from unit 4′s spent fuel pool was moved to the common pool building for unloading. The media has flown helicopter flights over the plant repeatedly to give the public a view of what is going … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Fails To Release Portion Of Unit 1 Torus Inspection

TEPCO Fails To Release Portion Of Unit 1 Torus Inspection

TEPCO recently released videos and reports of their work in the unit 1 torus room. The work was split into two days with one half being investigated one day and the remaining half the second day. TEPCO reports that this work was successfully completed. The video and handouts show day one’s work on downcomer sections 1-4. Day two covered sections 5-8 plus the assumption they would also investigate the section between downcomers 4 and 8. The … Read entire article »

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Japan To Turn TEPCO Into Holding Company, May Join International Nuclear Liability Treaty

Japan To Turn TEPCO Into Holding Company, May Join International Nuclear Liability Treaty

The Japanese government has announced they will turn TEPCO into a holding company. This would shift the decommissioning work into its own entity. The government would also increase involvement in the new decommissioning authority while TEPCO would still have some ownership. It is not clear how this would impact the potential restart of Kashiwazaki Kariwa after the NRA tied any restart to proving TEPCO could handle the work at Fukushima with competence. It is also … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Use New Floating Robot To Inspect Unit 1

TEPCO To Use New Floating Robot To Inspect Unit 1

TEPCO and Hitachi are working on a floating robot to inspect the torus area of the damaged reactors. The new robot looks like a boat and carries a number of sensors and cameras to facilitate inspecting the inner area of the torus room. It has been suspected that the area where the containment structure meets the downcomer pipes for the torus is a potential break through location for melted fuel. The robot is in the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Finally Admits Landslide At Fukushima Daiichi 10 Days Later

TEPCO Finally Admits Landslide At Fukushima Daiichi 10 Days Later

TEPCO is now admitting publicly, a landslide at the plant that happened 10 days ago. We first heard of the landslide last week from former workers at the plant. The landslide happened as typhoon Wipha passed over the plant dumping considerable rainfall. The blocked road is one of the main roads into the plant. This shows not just the considerable vulnerability at Fukushima Daiichi, but at nuclear plants around Japan. Nuclear plants such as Oi have … Read entire article »

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