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Professor at Kyoto University’s nuclear institute changes mind: I’ve started to think fission has happened again… re-criticality

Akira Hiroshi Koide reactor Kyoudai “critical potential” re-listen cause full text, MBS Mainichi Broadcasting (Osaka), April 6, 2011 . . . → Read More: Professor at Kyoto University’s nuclear institute changes mind: I’ve started to think fission has happened again… re-criticality

Top UN radiation official claims Fukushima “not expected to have any serious impact on people’s health”

UN expert: No serious health impacts from Fukushima plant, Reuters, April 6, 2011:

Japan’s nuclear accident is not expected to have any serious impact on people’s health, based on the information available now… [said] Wolfgang Weiss, chairman of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)…

Read the report here.

. . . → Read More: Top UN radiation official claims Fukushima “not expected to have any serious impact on people’s health”

Why are people in full-body suits and face masks when checking radiation at a water facility near San Francisco? (VIDEOS)

Filmed at the Santa Clara Valley [aka Silicon Valley] Water District groundwater recharge facility . . . → Read More: Why are people in full-body suits and face masks when checking radiation at a water facility near San Francisco? (VIDEOS)

Former DOE official criticizes UC Berkeley professor for comparing ingestion of radioactive iodine to air travel

A person would have to drink 134 liters of the rainwater with the highest radiation levels to equal the average radiation exposure from flying cross-country – Kai Vetter, UC Berkeley professor of nuclear engineering and his colleagues . . . → Read More: Former DOE official criticizes UC Berkeley professor for comparing ingestion of radioactive iodine to air travel

US Department of Energy lab in Pacific Northwest has “declined” to make nuclear fallout results public, after initially releasing data

“If a university professor and his students can collect samples and turn them around in a reasonable amount of time and report it, you would think government officials could do the same,” said Robert Alvarez, former DOE deputy assistant secretary . . . → Read More: US Department of Energy lab in Pacific Northwest has “declined” to make nuclear fallout results public, after initially releasing data

Congressman releases redacted document that says part of Unit 2 core got so hot it may be outside of reactor pressure vessel

NRC Thinks Japan Unit Pressure Vessel Damaged, Markey Says, Bloomberg, April 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm EDT:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission thinks the reactor in unit 2 of Japan’s disabled power plant got so hot it “probably melted through the reactor pressure vessel,” U.S. Representative Edward Markey said. …

Martin Virgilio, the agency’s deputy . . . → Read More: Congressman releases redacted document that says part of Unit 2 core got so hot it may be outside of reactor pressure vessel

Doctor: Fukushima’s effects may be worse than those suffered in Chernobyl — “Anti-radiation” herbs like turmeric can help

Dr. Romeo Quijano of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UP Manila spoke during a meeting of the Senate committee on health . . . → Read More: Doctor: Fukushima’s effects may be worse than those suffered in Chernobyl — “Anti-radiation” herbs like turmeric can help

Mystery? Washington air monitor shows sustained radiation spike on March 31, then goes out of service… Same city where iodine-131 found in drinking water

EPA finds radiation in Richland tap water… One of only two spots in the whole country . . . → Read More: Mystery? Washington air monitor shows sustained radiation spike on March 31, then goes out of service… Same city where iodine-131 found in drinking water

NYTimes on “Ejection of Nuclear Material”: Confidential US doc suggests pieces of fuel blown up to a mile away — Some between two units bulldozed over

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011:

… The [confidential U.S.] document also suggests that fragments or particles of nuclear fuel from spent fuel pools above the reactors were blown “up to one mile from the units,” and . . . → Read More: NYTimes on “Ejection of Nuclear Material”: Confidential US doc suggests pieces of fuel blown up to a mile away — Some between two units bulldozed over

Tuna swim from Japan to US West Coast and arrive by late summer — “It may well have spent time in some of the most radioactive water on earth” (VIDEO)

Radiation fears rise in LA over Japan-imported fish, ABC 7 Los Angeles, April 5, 2011:

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… Torpedo-shaped tuna leave the waters off Japan every spring, swimming at speeds of 50 mph to the waters off Oregon and Washington, arriving late summer.

Before it gets there, it may well have spent time in . . . → Read More: Tuna swim from Japan to US West Coast and arrive by late summer — “It may well have spent time in some of the most radioactive water on earth” (VIDEO)

Nuclear Engineer: Confidential US report “paints a very different picture, and suggests that things are a lot worse” — Risk of more damage “in a big way”

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011:

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… David A. Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who worked on the kinds of General Electric reactors used in Japan and now directs the nuclear safety project at the Union . . . → Read More: Nuclear Engineer: Confidential US report “paints a very different picture, and suggests that things are a lot worse” — Risk of more damage “in a big way”

Nuclear Expert on CNN “astonished” at how Japan gov’t and TEPCO are handling this major international crisis (VIDEO)

Nuclear Expert on CNN “astonished” at how Japan gov’t and TEPCO are handling this major international crisis (VIDEO)

Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, April 5, 2011 . . . → Read More: Nuclear Expert on CNN “astonished” at how Japan gov’t and TEPCO are handling this major international crisis (VIDEO)

NY Times: Spent fuel pools in reactors “have lost their cooling systems” — Nuclear engineers now warning pools “could pose an even greater danger than the melted reactor cores”

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant, New York Times by James Glanz and William J. Broad, April 5, 2011 . . . → Read More: NY Times: Spent fuel pools in reactors “have lost their cooling systems” — Nuclear engineers now warning pools “could pose an even greater danger than the melted reactor cores”

Confidential U.S. document reveals “new threats” at Fukushima: Risk of explosions inside containment structures… “Likely no water” in No. 1 reactor core — “Could persist indefinitely”

The document was prepared for the NRC’s Reactor Safety Team, which is assisting the Japanese government and TEPCO . . . → Read More: Confidential U.S. document reveals “new threats” at Fukushima: Risk of explosions inside containment structures… “Likely no water” in No. 1 reactor core — “Could persist indefinitely”