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IAEA closed door session: Group was unable to obtain necessary information from Japan about Fukushima — Led to difficulties projecting how radioactive materials would spread around world

IAEA criticizes Japan’s nuclear data sharing. NHK, June 22. 2011:

Participants at a closed door session of the International Atomic Energy Agency have agreed to set up an international mechanism to share information in the event of nuclear emergencies. [...]

A Japanese official quoted an expert from the World Meteorological Organization as saying the . . . → Read More: IAEA closed door session: Group was unable to obtain necessary information from Japan about Fukushima — Led to difficulties projecting how radioactive materials would spread around world

ABC: “Two feet of water have already made its way to several areas of the Fort Calhoun plant” — “Authorities say there is no immediate danger”

Sirens Blare as Flooding Hits North Dakota, ABC News, June 22, 2011:

[...] Although the Fort Calhoun plant [...] is surrounded by an eight foot tall and 16 foot wide protective berm, two feet of water have already made its way to several areas of the Fort Calhoun plant, but authorities say there is . . . → Read More: ABC: “Two feet of water have already made its way to several areas of the Fort Calhoun plant” — “Authorities say there is no immediate danger”

“Japan issues tsunami advisory after strong 6.7-magnitude quake” hits off northeast coast

Japan issues tsunami advisory after strong 6.7-magnitude quake, Daily Telegraph, June 23, 2011:

A TSUNAMI advisory was issued for part of Japan’s north-east coast after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck offshore this morning local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The meteorological agency said today the latest jolt hit at 6.51am (7.51am AEST) about 50km . . . → Read More: “Japan issues tsunami advisory after strong 6.7-magnitude quake” hits off northeast coast

NRC says it is “closely monitoring” Missouri River as floodwaters rise at Cooper and Fort Calhoun nuclear plants

NRC tracking flooding at two Nebraska nuclear power plants, Reuters, June 22, 2011:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Wednesday it was closely monitoring conditions along the Missouri River, where floodwaters were rising at Nebraska Public Power District’s Cooper Nuclear Station and Omaha Public Power District’s Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska. . . . → Read More: NRC says it is “closely monitoring” Missouri River as floodwaters rise at Cooper and Fort Calhoun nuclear plants

TEPCO admits decontamination system at Fukushima “not working”

Plant decontamination not working, NHK, June 22, 2011:

The Tokyo Electric Power Company is looking into why a system for decontaminating radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is not working as expected, delaying resumption of the system’s full-scale operation. [...]

The data show that density of Cesium-13 [sic?] and Cesium-137 dropped to only . . . → Read More: TEPCO admits decontamination system at Fukushima “not working”

UK gov’t plan based on radiation release from Fukushima being almost double Chernobyl total

UK government’s Fukushima crisis plan based on bigger leak than Chernobyl, Guardian, June 20, 2011:

[...] The UK government’s response to the unfolding crisis is revealed in documents prepared for Sir John Beddington, the chief scientist and chair of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), and released to the Guardian under the Freedom . . . → Read More: UK gov’t plan based on radiation release from Fukushima being almost double Chernobyl total

81 microsieverts per hour detected 60 km outside nuclear evacuation zone — 800+ times acceptable radiation levels (PHOTO)

Exploring Fukushima city, RT, June 20, 2011:

[...] This particular reading shows that radiation levels in this hotspot are 810 times the acceptable levels. This picture was taken in Fukushima city, 60km outside the banned area. The city has been declared safe by the Japanese government

h/t K. Rougeau

. . . → Read More: 81 microsieverts per hour detected 60 km outside nuclear evacuation zone — 800+ times acceptable radiation levels (PHOTO)

Radioactive substances rose 5 km in air on March 14-15 — Carried by jet stream to US and Europe

Wind carried radiation to Europe from Japan, researchers say, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, June 22, 2011:

Radioactive substances spewed from a damaged Japanese nuclear plant were carried to Europe through the United States by a jet stream, Japanese researchers said, Jiji news agency reported Wednesday.

A Japanese research group led by Toshihiko Takemura, associate professor at . . . → Read More: Radioactive substances rose 5 km in air on March 14-15 — Carried by jet stream to US and Europe

Reactor No. 2 basement filled with radioactive “rust red” colored water measuring 430 millisieverts per hour at surface (PHOTO)

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Work begins inside No.2 reactor building, NHK, June 22, 2011 . . . → Read More: Reactor No. 2 basement filled with radioactive “rust red” colored water measuring 430 millisieverts per hour at surface (PHOTO)

Virginia nuclear reactor shuts down — Problem detected in cooling duct

Surry nuclear Unit 2 restart stalls, Associated Press, June 22, 2011:

[...] A Virginia Dominion Power spokesman said Tuesday the utility has aborted efforts to restart the unit, which has been out of service since an April 16 tornado knocked out electricity.

The spokesman, Richard Zuercher, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Unit 2 was . . . → Read More: Virginia nuclear reactor shuts down — Problem detected in cooling duct

Reactor No. 3 temperature up 7°C in a day

Temperature at No.3 reactor rises, NHK, June 22, 2011:

The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says temperatures at the No.3 reactor have started to rise after it reduced the injection rate of cooling water [...] by 1 ton [...]

TEPCO says that by 5 AM on Wednesday, temperatures at the . . . → Read More: Reactor No. 3 temperature up 7°C in a day

TEPCO: Excessively high radiation at Reactor No. 2 — Abrupt jump may be from leaking pressure chamber

Radiation levels in Fukushima basement too high – TEPCO, Voice of Russia, June 22, 2011:

[...] TEPCO, says in a statement that radiation levels in the basement of the second reactor is excessively high, with the level of accumulated water exceeding 6 metres.

According to experts, the abrupt jump in radiation may have been . . . → Read More: TEPCO: Excessively high radiation at Reactor No. 2 — Abrupt jump may be from leaking pressure chamber

“They lied to us”: Radiation release comparable to Chernobyl — Total core meltdown in all 3 reactors — Worst industrial catastrophe in world history (CNN VIDEO)

Fukushima ‘still a ticking time bomb’, CNN, June 21, 2011 . . . → Read More: “They lied to us”: Radiation release comparable to Chernobyl — Total core meltdown in all 3 reactors — Worst industrial catastrophe in world history (CNN VIDEO)