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Japan gov’t considering expansion of evacuation zone

Gov’t may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima, Japan Today, June 7, 2011:

The government is considering expanding the scope of its evacuation order to include people from certain spots that are emitting high levels of radiation as a result of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in March, government . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t considering expansion of evacuation zone

Japan confirms “full meltdown” at all 3 reactors

3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms, CNN, June 6, 2011:

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday.

The nuclear group’s new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous . . . → Read More: Japan confirms “full meltdown” at all 3 reactors

First time Plutonium reported outside Fukushima plant

Plutonium found outside Fukushima plant, NHK, June 5, 2011:

Minute amounts of plutonium have been detected for the first time in soil outside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Shinzo Kimura of Hokkaido University collected the roadside samples in Okumamachi, some 1.7 kilometers west of the front gate of the power station. They were taken . . . → Read More: First time Plutonium reported outside Fukushima plant

Fukushima: Twice As Bad As Thought — Japan gov’t more than doubles estimate for amount of radiation released after meltdown

Fukushima: Twice As Bad As Thought, Time.com by Eben Harrell Monday, June 6, 2011:

One recurring theme that has emerged after Fukushima is the tendency of nuclear experts to underestimate (publicly at least) the severity of the disaster. Today we received further proof of this when the Japanese government more than doubled the estimate . . . → Read More: Fukushima: Twice As Bad As Thought — Japan gov’t more than doubles estimate for amount of radiation released after meltdown