Getting Up-to-Date on Fukushima Daiichi

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Fukushima Well

A lot of news is breaking on Fukushima Daiichi.  While many sources point out worst-case scenarios, some of the pictures painted are clearly exaggerated.   Even if the worst-case scenario plays out, it will not be the end of life on the planet, as some in the blogosphere have claimed.   Humanity has survived the release of large volumes of nuclear radiation into the atmosphere during the days of nuclear weapons testing, and during the Chernobyl event.  Still, there is a lot … Continue Reading →

Is Fukushima Daiichi Emergency Over? Breaking News.

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Members of a Fukushima prefecture panel inspect the construction site of a shore barrier near the No.1 and No.2 reactor building of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

Reports are coming in from a variety of sources that the ground water situation is getting out of hand at Fukushima Daiichi.  Some, including sources quoted by Wall Street Journal, are speculating that the saturation of the ground water could cause the reactor buildings to topple. A variety of solutions are being explored including the possibility of freezing the ground water around the reactor.  CNN is today quoting a top nuclear regulatory official as saying the situation is an … Continue Reading →

Former Chief of Fukushima Plant Dies

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Masao Yoshida led the effort to contain the incident at Fukushima Daiichi following the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami.   Colleagues say he was “prepared to die” in responding to the incident, and credit him with preventing the situation from becoming much worse.  Our condolences to Yoshida-sanʻs family, friends, co-workers and associates.  Read more at Wall Street Journal.Continue Reading →

Stray Nuclear Materials an Ongoing Concern

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“Statistically speaking no reasonable person will say that this will never happen. The probability is there.”  Khamma Mrabit, a director of U.N.ʻs International Atomic Energy Agency is quoted as saying this last week referring to the risk of diverted nuclear materials being used as a weapon by terrorists.  150 to 200 cases of diversion of nuclear materials are reported annually.  Read the full Reuters article at Yahoo News.

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