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New source of radioactivity from Fukushima disaster found

Even though it has been six years since the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, impacts from the March 2011 event are still being discovered. The latest discovery is the finding of radiocesium in groundwater below eight beaches 60 miles away.

Flooding, evacuations and worry as Japan reels from Typhoon Etau

Tokyo - As the winds and rain from Typhoon Etau continue to lash Japan, evacuation alerts have been ordered in Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, and an additional 800,000 people across eastern Japan are under evacuation orders.

Op-Ed: Gross incompetence at Fukushima — Is an apology enough?

Fukushima - It was discovered on Tuesday that a drainage ditch moving runoff water from the contaminated roof of Sector 2 at Fukushima was transporting water rich in cesium together with rain into the sea, with radiation levels 20 times higher than at the plant.

Op-Ed: Fukushima — Another failure and another attempt at a fix

The Pacific Ocean is continuing to be damaged beyond repair by the constant flow of over 400 tons of radioactive groundwater every day from the ill-fated Fukushima power plant. Now the world discovers one-third of workers have fake contracts.

Op-Ed: What the world does not know about Fukushima could kill us

How big does a cover-up have to get, and how many children have to die before the world wakes up to the truth about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Almost from the onset of the earthquake and resulting tsunami, the world has not been told the truth.

Dumping of groundwater from Fukushima plant starts in May

The Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced plans on Friday to start dumping groundwater from the crippled Fukushima Daichii power plant into the ocean, beginning as early as May 1, 2014.

Poll: 80% of Japanese against restart of nuclear plants

Calling the plan to restart Japan's 48 nuclear plants "irresponsible," two former prime ministers and a nuclear power insider have responded to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's announcement, pointing out the Fukushima situation is still far from ideal.

Rains from typhoon Man-yi cause release of Fukushima rainwater

Strong rains from Typhoon Man-yi forced Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) to release tainted rainwater into the ocean yesterday. TEPCO say this is pooled rainwater and not leakage from nearby storage tanks housing contaminated water.

Japan prepares to end nuclear power generation

Japan stands on the threshold of being the first major economy to do without nuclear power. Today, Sunday, sees the start of a process of switching off Japan’s last working nuclear reactor.

Op-Ed: Fukushima nuclear plant leaks pollute Pacific Ocean

Fukushima nuclear plant water leaks continue to contaminate most of the Pacific Ocean. The long-term impact of the radiation leak on Japan and its neighboring countries will continue for many years. Are Japanese leaders covering up this disaster?

Radioactive water leaking into the Pacific from Japan

Fukushima - On March 11, 2011, approximately 80 miles from the coast of Sendai, Japan, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred underwater.

How a rat may have taken down Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant

Fukushima - It is estimated that in the United States there is one rat for every human. Rats have spread diseases such as Bubonic Plague and Typhus just to name a few. But is it really possible that a rat can take down a modern nuclear power plant?

Unseen dangers from the Japanese tsunami may linger for decades

The debris from the tsunami which struck eastern Japan two years ago today could still be washing up on the western seaboard of Canada and the United States decades from now with, as yet, unknown consequences for marine life.

Fukushima two years on — The plight of 300,000 displaced Japanese

Monday March 11 is the second anniversary of the tsunami which inundated Japan’s eastern seaboard causing an estimated 16,000 deaths and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a legacy that will last for generations.

Nuclear power opponents host vigil for Fukushima at N.Y. facility

Buchanan - Opponents of nuclear power have planned a vigil in Westchester County, N.Y. this weekend, to coincide with the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

Greenpeace says Fukushima radiation monitoring seriously flawed

Fukushima - International environmental campaigning organisation Greenpeace claims that Japanese government radiation monitoring stations in the city of Fukushima are seriously underestimating residual radiation levels and public health risks in and around Fukushima.

EPA audit exposes major problems in radiation monitoring system Special

A recently released report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General's Office has revealed perilous failures in the operation of RadNet, the nationwide radiation monitoring network, in the midst of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Fukushima radiation now at up to 10 times lethal dose

Fukushima - On Tuesday this week, workers at Fukushima inserted a remote control endoscope probe into Reactor Two to assess damage. Tests came back with radiation levels far higher than expected.

Japan urges citizens to embrace energy-saving 'Warm Biz' campaign

Tokyo - Japan is encouraging its citizens to embrace the 'Warm Biz' campaign, which encourages people to keep warm this winter by layering in warm clothes, rather than turning up the thermostat.

Japan's Sendai airport reopens after tsunami devastation

Trade and commercial activities in the tsunami-hit Sendai City in Northeastern Japan will soon resume with the reopening of Sendai Airport Sunday.

Typhoon Roke hits Japan, on course to leaking nuclear power plant

Evacuations have been called into parts of southern Japan, as Typhoon Roke appears to be on course towards Fukushima's nuclear power plant. So far, more than a million people have been urged to leave.

Japan drafts bill to help compensate Fukushima nuclear disaster

Fukushima - Politicians in Japan have passed a bill to help Tokyo Electric Power pay billions of dollars in compensation to those hurt by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

Workers enter Fukushima Nuclear power plant for first time

For the first time since the devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Japan, workers were able to enter one of the reactor buildings of the disabled plant.

Smoke ‘belching’ from No.3 reactor, Tokyo tap water contaminated

Tokyo - Tokyo’s tap water has seen a spike in radiation levels to more than twice the safe level recommended for infants, while TEPCO reports that gray smoke was “belching” from the No. 3 reactor building, increasing fears over the ongoing crisis.

Contaminated food latest woes as Japan’s radiation spreads

Tokyo - Japanese officials have announced that radiation contamination has entered its food chain, with reports of milk and lettuce in the region of the troubled Daiichi nuclear facility near Fukushima exceeding levels allowed by the government.

Reports: Japan’s radiation problem appears out of control

Tokyo - Latest reports from Japan reveal a country drowning in sorrow from last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, and it will now have to give undivided attention to a disaster of surging radiation levels at Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear facility.

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Greenpeace activists at an official Japanese radiation monitoring station in Fukushima city
Greenpeace activists at an official Japanese radiation monitoring station in Fukushima city
Noriko Hayashi - Greenpeace Fukushima Monitoring
Map of radioactive water from Japan
Map of radioactive water from Japan
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.  Loss of co...
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Loss of coolant accident followed with nuclear meltdowns and releases of radioactive materials
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Depiction of what ice wall would look like.
Depiction of what ice wall would look like.
Radiation monitor showing radiation at Minamisoma  Fukushima Prefecture  Japan. November 4  2011.
Radiation monitor showing radiation at Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. November 4, 2011.

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