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Yomiuri: Fukushima Daini was ‘near meltdown’ admits head of plant — “At the moment, I can only say we’ll maintain a STATE of cold shutdown”

Title: Fukushima No. 2 plant was ‘near meltdown’ Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun Date: Feb. 10, 2012

The Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant was “near meltdown”  [...] according to the head of the plant. [...] 

Plant chief Naohiro Masuda, in charge of plant operations since the crisis, told reporters Wednesday, “The No. 2 plant . . . → Read More: Yomiuri: Fukushima Daini was ‘near meltdown’ admits head of plant — “At the moment, I can only say we’ll maintain a STATE of cold shutdown”

Explosion at Reactor No. 1 reportedly caused by damage from quake: NRC

Title: Hydrogen leak leading to Fukushima Unit 1 explosion caused by earthquake impact Source: Enformable By: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Date: March 12, 2011

[...] It was reported at 15: 35 that the Reactor Building of 1F1 was ruptured after a rather strong earthquake with the sound of explosion and that the level of radiation . . . → Read More: Explosion at Reactor No. 1 reportedly caused by damage from quake: NRC

Newly published photos of bird abnormalities in areas contaminated with radiation, via USC study (PHOTOS)

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Title: Chernobyl Abormalities Source: Chernobyl Research Initiative, University of South Carolina Author: Dr. T.A. Mousseau Date: February 3, 2012

Several dozen photos are available on the Chernobyl Research Initiative website

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U.S. University: Low-level radiation appears to have had immediate effects on bird populations in Fukushima Pref. — Areas surveyed are mostly still . . . → Read More: Newly published photos of bird abnormalities in areas contaminated with radiation, via USC study (PHOTOS)

Gundersen: Top lifted off Reactor No. 1 containment BEFORE explosion? (VIDEO)

Fairewinds: Nuclear expert believes top lifted off Reactor No. 1 containment BEFORE explosion (VIDEO)

Title: New Containment Flaw Identified in the BWR Mark 1 Source: Fairewinds Associates Speaker: Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen Date: Feb. 6, 2012 Emphasis Added Transcript Excerpts

[...] I wanted to focus on what happened after the tsunami but before the explosions. [...]

Well at 2 in the morning, the pressure inside the containment [at . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Top lifted off Reactor No. 1 containment BEFORE explosion? (VIDEO)

*NRC approves new US reactors* NRC Chairman says no: “I cannot support issuing this license as if Fukushima had never happened” — Had been a supporter of project

Title: Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion approved 4-1 Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Author: By Kristi E. Swartz Date: February 9, 2012

The first newly approved nuclear reactors in 33 years will be built in Georgia. [...]

Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the project. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who has supported the project throughout the process, . . . → Read More: *NRC approves new US reactors* NRC Chairman says no: “I cannot support issuing this license as if Fukushima had never happened” — Had been a supporter of project

NHK: No active fuel was inside Reactor No. 4 when quake hit

Title: TEPCO investigates Fukushima plant fuel pool Source: NHK Date: Thursday, February 09, 2012 17:57 +0900 (JST)

[...] Reactor Number 4 [...] was off line at the time of the accident on March 11th and no active fuel was inside the reactor. [...]

Read the report here

Recall this unconfirmed report posted recently on . . . → Read More: NHK: No active fuel was inside Reactor No. 4 when quake hit

WSJ: Tepco to suspend all nuclear operations

Title: Japan’s Tepco to suspend all nuclear operations Source: MarketWatch (Wall Street Journal) Date: Feb. 9, 2012, 10:50 a.m. EST

Japan’s Tepco to suspend all nuclear operations

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will suspend operations of the No. 6 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on March 26 . . . → Read More: WSJ: Tepco to suspend all nuclear operations

NHK: Fear that “partial meltdown” might have occurred in Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 last March

Title: TEPCO investigates Fukushima plant fuel poolSource: NHKDate: Thursday, February 09, 2012 17:57 +0900 (JST) [...] Tepco put a remote-controlled underwater camera inside the storage pool for Reactor Number 4 on Thursday [...]

[T]he reactor had 1,535 spent fuel rods stored in a pool above the reactor — more than any of the 3 . . . → Read More: NHK: Fear that “partial meltdown” might have occurred in Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 last March

Expert: “American nuclear industry is on the brink of collapse” (AUDIO)

Title: US nuclear industry on the brink of collapse – expertSource: Voice of Russia Date:Feb 8, 2012 17:11 Gennady Yevstafyev, retired Lieutenant-General of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence: [...]

Many things are explained very simply – American nuclear industry is on the brink of collapse. Inside America there is no construction of nuclear facilities, nuclear reactors . . . → Read More: Expert: “American nuclear industry is on the brink of collapse” (AUDIO)

Japan TV: Professor detects 104 microSv/h near where kids walk to school — “Absurd reality” where children are right next to high-level contamination (VIDEO)

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Title: Report from the front line of Fukushima Author: Kingo999 Date: Feb 3, 2012

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Children in Fukushima, are right next to high-leveled contamination called hot-spots in everyday life. This is the report about the absurd reality for children.

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We went to streets to schools at Watari area with Takeru Arakida assistant professor . . . → Read More: Japan TV: Professor detects 104 microSv/h near where kids walk to school — “Absurd reality” where children are right next to high-level contamination (VIDEO)

Officials make 1st inspection of Fukushima Daini: Still using temporary cooling — Cores didn’t “seriously” overheat — Most important task is keeping reactors in ‘cold shutdown’

Title: Prefectural team makes 1st inspection of Fukushima No. 2 nuke plantSource: The Mainichi Daily NewsDate: February 9, 2012Emphasis Added A team of Fukushima prefectural officials visited the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant on Feb. 8, marking the first prefectural inspection of the plant since the March 11, 2011 disasters  [...]

“Right now, the . . . → Read More: Officials make 1st inspection of Fukushima Daini: Still using temporary cooling — Cores didn’t “seriously” overheat — Most important task is keeping reactors in ‘cold shutdown’

FORUM: General Discussion Thread for Feb. 9 – 13, 2012

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If . . . → Read More: FORUM: General Discussion Thread for Feb. 9 – 13, 2012

TV: Gov’t testing for radioactive material on Hawaii beaches — “It is something that’s been quietly under way for the past year here” — NOAA, EPA, State all preparing together for tsunami debris (VIDEO)

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Title: State Health Dept. Monitoring Shoreline For Radioactive Waste Source: KITV Honolulu Author: Catherine Cruz KITV4 News Reporter Date: 11:17 am HST February 2, 2012

[...] Long-time Laie resident Telefoni Aumua was surprised to learn that the state health department was testing for radioactive material along Hukilau Beach Wednesday.

“I am really concerned. I . . . → Read More: TV: Gov’t testing for radioactive material on Hawaii beaches — “It is something that’s been quietly under way for the past year here” — NOAA, EPA, State all preparing together for tsunami debris (VIDEO)