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6.3 quake hits off east coast of Japan, same latitude as Fukushima

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6.3-magnitude quake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan — USGS, Xinhua, June 3, 2011:

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 09:05: 03 a.m. local time (00:05:03 GMT) on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. [...]

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EPA posts latest radiation data: Cesium-137 in Delaware drinking water above “Maximum Contaminant Level”

Drinking Water RadNet Laboratory Analysis, EPA, June 2, 2011: . . . → Read More: EPA posts latest radiation data: Cesium-137 in Delaware drinking water above “Maximum Contaminant Level”

Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create “Level 8″ on INES scale for Fukushima

Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create “Level 8″ on INES scale for Fukushima

Linda Moulton Howe interviews Scott Portzline, security consultant to Three Mile Island Alert, Coast to Coast AM, May 26, 2011: At 32:45 in (Transcript Summary)

Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create level 8 for Fukushima Multiple source terms from multiple sources 3 reactors with core melt accidents, likely meltdown through the vessels… Spent fuel . . . → Read More: Nuclear engineers urging IAEA to create “Level 8″ on INES scale for Fukushima

Enlarged 50-mile evacuation zone by US was because of spent fuel pools, not reactor meltdowns: NRC official

The NRC also had “suspicions” about the conditions of the spent fuel pools, Borchardt said… Based on that assumption, he said, the NRC recommended that U.S. residents in Japan stay 80 km away . . . → Read More: Enlarged 50-mile evacuation zone by US was because of spent fuel pools, not reactor meltdowns: NRC official

Large burst of steam rising from Reactor No. 4 (VIDEO)

Large burst of steam/smoke rising from Reactor No. 4 (VIDEO)

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Japan bans radioactive green tea from area 40 miles SOUTHWEST of Tokyo

Japan restricts green tea over radiation fears, AFP, June 2, 2011:

Japan banned the shipment of green tea leaves grown in four prefectures around Tokyo on Thursday after radioactive caesium above legal levels was found in samples, a media report said. [...]

The ban covers tea leaves from parts of the Tochigi, Chiba and . . . → Read More: Japan bans radioactive green tea from area 40 miles SOUTHWEST of Tokyo

“IAEA today admitted there is no such thing as ‘safe’ levels of radiation” — Allowable radiation standard based on ‘benefit’, not safety

‘There’s no safe radiation level’, Free Malaysia Today by Tashny Sukumaran, June 2, 2011:

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today admitted there is no such thing as “safe” levels of radiation. [...]

CAP vice-president Mohideen Abdul Kader told reporters after meeting the IAEA panel that they had agreed to carry out a cost-benefit analysis . . . → Read More: “IAEA today admitted there is no such thing as ‘safe’ levels of radiation” — Allowable radiation standard based on ‘benefit’, not safety

Hospital: 40% of Fukushima visitors show internal exposure to radiation

Hiroshi Nagasaki Hospital, examined the internal exposure to 40 percent of refugees from Fukushima et al., Chugoku Shimbun, June 2, 2011:Google Translation

After the accident the first nuclear power plant in Fukushima who entered the field and in the relief activities, Hiroshi Nagasaki hospital people have been evacuated from the field in Nagasaki Prefecture . . . → Read More: Hospital: 40% of Fukushima visitors show internal exposure to radiation

TEPCO shares hit record low — S&P cuts credit rating to junk status; Chance of default on debt now 53 percent

Tepco debt swaps facing 53% chance of defaulting, Bloomberg, June 2, 2011:

The cost of protecting Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s debt shows the likelihood of a default increased to 53 percent after the utility’s credit rating was cut to junk status by Standard & Poor’s. [...]

53 percent chance of default by 2016, according . . . → Read More: TEPCO shares hit record low — S&P cuts credit rating to junk status; Chance of default on debt now 53 percent

Fears mount as radioactive water now just 10 inches from overflowing surface outside Reactor No. 3

Wastewater rises, fears mount, NHK, June 02, 2011:

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is struggling to remove pools of highly radioactive wastewater as fears of an overflow get more intense.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says wastewater levels rose around 6 centimeters inside the No.2 reactor turbine building, and in its . . . → Read More: Fears mount as radioactive water now just 10 inches from overflowing surface outside Reactor No. 3

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will resign over Fukushima

Japanese PM Says He Will Resign Over Fukushima, Time.com by Krista Mahr, June 2, 2011 at 2:29 am EDT

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Most Japanese worried about radiation poisoning from nuclear meltdown at Fukushima

Most Japanese Worried About Radiation Poisoning, Poll Shows, Bloomberg, June 1, 2011:

Fifty-nine percent of Japanese adults worry that they or a family member have been contaminated by radiation from a nuclear reactor meltdown triggered by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, a survey found. [...]