Fukushima, January 2014
Regulators are moving too slowly to safeguard nuclear reactors in the West against earthquakes in light of the 2011 Fukushima meltdown in Japan, the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said Thursday.
Nearly three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami, which hit the north-east of Japan in March of 2011. The consequences of the devastating natural disaster are still being felt in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which were the hardest hit by the underground tremours and gigantic tsunami.
The Voice of Russia has talked to Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a congressman from the US State of Wyoming, who has come to Russia as part of a group of mediators monitoring the effects of Fukushima nuclear disaster. Ms. Lummis is the only Wyoming Rep. in the House of Representatives and a member of the House Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform and Science, Space and Technology Committees. She said she applauds Russia for taking a "reasonable stance" on the notion of contributions that the humankind is allegedly making to climate change.
Nearly three years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami caused the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power station disaster, the Millstone Power Station in New London, Conn. is undergoing upgrades in equipment and facilities worth more than 10 million dollars which will enable it to better withstand natural disasters.
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There are a lot of unconfirmed reports all over the Internet saying that allegedly, the radiation level in various parts of the US is extremely high because of the accident at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011. Some sites are even claiming that in some places, the radiation level is 1400% higher than the normal one.
Radiation levels in and around the Fukushima nuclear power plant are starting to be measured by drones. Special unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been created by the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese Space Exploration Agency. The machines are controlled with the use of a remote and, unlike their manned counterparts, they can fly at altitudes as low as 984 feet (300 meters).
On March 11, 2011 off Japan’s west coast, an earthquake-generated tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resulting in a major nuclear accident that included a large release of airborne radionuclides into the environment. Within five days of the accident atmospheric air masses carrying Fukushima radiation were transiting into the northern Bering and Chukchi seas. During summer 2011 it became evident to coastal communities and wildlife management agencies that there was a novel disease outbreak occurring in several species of Arctic ice-associated seals.
The majority of Japanese oppose the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan. More than 60 percent of people (60.2%) polled by Kyodo News reject nuclear power. The same poll shows that the Shinzo Abe-led government has slightly improved its rating to 55.9 percent.
Last month, the ruling Japanese coalition parties quickly rammed through Parliament a state secrets law, under which the government alone decides what is and is not a state secret and any civil servant who divulges those newly defined "secrets" could be jailed for up to 10 years. If journalists get caught up in this web of this vaguely defined law, they might face up to 5 years in Jail.
Rumors that zeolites allegedly can work miracles in fighting against radiation do not die off in Russia. Some people are saying fantastic things that, allegedly, zeolites were used to “egest radiation” from dead people’s bodies after the Chernobyl catastrophe. Some zeolites really can lower the level of radiation of some isotopes – for example, of cesium-137. There even exist several food supplements that contain zeolites and – at least, theoretically – eliminate the consequences of radiation.
Scientists are seeking out ways to collect cash in order to help monitor ocean radioactivity due to the Fukushima disaster. Ken Buesseler was one of the very first researchers to examine the water off the coast of Fukushima, Japan after the region was left in turmoil from the meltdown. Now, the marine chemist has created a project called How Radioactive is Our Ocean?. It is a crowd-funding site that encourages people to give monetary donations to support the gathering of water samples on the west coast of the US.
Is it safe to eat fish from the Pacific Ocean after the Fukushima nuclear disaster? According to the US Food and Drug Administration, it is but some fish selling companies found that customers remained concerned.
Japanese scientists have invented a method that can help to determine just where the deadly radioactive nuclear fuel may have accumulated inside the battered reactors of the crippled Fukushima plant.
US and Canadian pharmacists see a surge of interest in products with large doses of potassium iodide as customers find more information about potential radiation risks from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan. Meanwhile, federal authorities advise against the use of the medicine saying it is not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.
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In order to stop contaminated groundwater from leaking at the Fukushima nuclear power station, the Japanese are planning to use artificial permafrost there. They’re going to drill 30-metre-deep pipes with liquid nitrogen. The construction of the huge underground fridge will start soon and is scheduled to end next year.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEP CO) announced Monday about a new highly radioactive water leakage from a pipe hole in the containment vessel surrounding the crippled No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.
Radiation measurements taken from an observation well at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are increasing, according to reports. Groundwater in the well measured 2.4 million Becquerels per liter for strontium-90 and other emitting beta particles. Three state-owned candidate sites for the final disposal of radioactive waste have been selected in Miyagi Prefecture, the Environment Ministry said.
The Fukushima Prefecture Dental Association is getting ready to launch a program to check out kids’ teeth for any abnormalities that might be Fukushima related. Specifically, radioactive isotope strontium-90 is to be looked for in children’s teeth from ages 5 to 15 amid arising concerns that the Fukushima disaster might have caused more damage than meets the eye.