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Fukushima — Robot finds possible fuel debris on Friday probe

Tokyo - An underwater robot captured images inside reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant on Friday that appears to be melted fuel debris. On Saturday, a third exploration hopes to reach the basement of the reactor pedestal.

Study reassures evacuees the area around Fukushima is safe

Fukushima - A new study of radiation levels in Fukushima Prefecture's Date City will offer some assurance to residents just 37 miles from the nuclear disaster that they don't have to worry about any long-term effects from radiation.

TEPCO struggles to make the public understand radiation levels

Tokyo - After six years of misleading information and alleged cover-ups, it seems that TEPCO is still having a problem with communicating with the public. This time the problem was a radiation spike TEPCO discovered in Reactor No. 2, except there was no spike.

Radiation in Fukushima reactor No. 2 reaches 'unimaginable' level

Radiation levels in reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have inexplicable soared to the highest readings recorded since the plant was crippled by a triple meltdown almost six years ago.

Chernobyl — The world is still in denial over radiation damages

For people living in Belarus, a country that ended up with 23 percent of its land contaminated with radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986, the incident has turned into a fairy tale, and they are living in a fantasy world.

Tepco begins 'crucial stage' of decommissioning at Fukushima

Tokyo - A crucial and delicate stage of the decommissioning process began on Tuesday at Tepco's Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. It is going to take decades to complete the process, requiring pains-taking and time-consuming work.

Drone being developed to go inside crippled reactors at Fukushima

An unmanned drone is being developed to survey the interior of the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. The drone will use lasers to avoid obstacles inside the reactor rooms, and will be able to land and replace its own batteries.

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.

Bikini Atoll: 60 years after the dawn of the nuclear age

Bikini Atoll is a paradox. On the one hand, the atoll looks like a beautiful earthly paradise, undisturbed by the march of time. It is the first place in the Marshall Islands to be named a World Heritage Site. Yet Bikini has a more sinister history.

Op-Ed: Shocking raise in nuclear radiation 'safety levels' announced

Washington - Shocking is not only that the White House is significantly raising so-termed 'safety levels' for nuclear radiation in drinking water and soil, but also that mainstream media are all too quiet about this assault on people's health.

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.

False alarm over high radiation readings in Indiana

The website for Radiation Network, the United States' radiation monitoring network, is blaming an equipment malfunction for the extremely high radiation levels that were detected last night by a monitoring station in South Bend, Indiana.

Dangerously high radiation levels reported in Indiana

According to, the United States' radiation monitoring network, South Bend, Indiana experienced extremely high levels of radiation last night -- up to 100 times higher than safe levels.

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.

US gov’t may raise radiation exposure levels in food, drink, soil

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering approval of a plan designed to dramatically increase permissible radiation contamination levels in food, water and soil after radiation events, including spills and dirty bomb attacks.

Nuclear crisis in Japan now on ‘maximum alert’

Tokyo - Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster has led the government to issue a “maximum alert” warning. Authorities continue efforts to regain control of the faltering reactor facility.

Low levels of radiation detected in Massachusetts' rainwater

Boston - Officials from Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed on Sunday that traces of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in samples of rainwater taken from an undisclosed location within the state.

Daiichi operator missed safety checks for 10 years

Tokyo - New documents centered on the crippled Daiichi nuclear plant near Fukushima reveal technicians repeatedly ignored mandatory safety checks over a 10-year time frame including up to two weeks before the March 11 disaster began.

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.

Fukushima No. 4 reactor’s coolant may be boiling, evaporating

Tokyo - Fukushima’s imperiled nuclear plant is now facing another crisis, with authorities there stating a fourth reactor’s nuclear waste is overheating, which could lead to more spent fuel becoming unstable, compounding an already dire situation.

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Remediation workers check bags of soil and other decontamination waste at a temporary storage site i...
Remediation workers check bags of soil and other decontamination waste at a temporary storage site in Date city in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Photo: G. Tudor/IAEA
International Atomic Energy Commission
High radiation readings were reported by RadNet in Northern Indiana on June 6-7  2012.
High radiation readings were reported by RadNet in Northern Indiana on June 6-7, 2012.
WHOI marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler in his lab.
WHOI marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler in his lab.
Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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