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Peroxides formed by seawater and melted fuel — “Even more likely to react with elements in core” — “Not clear exactly what kinds of chemicals were released” — Different than freshwater — Is this why officials ordered halt to pumping in seawater?

Title: Mixing Seawater and Nuke Fuel: Still Murky Source: Discovery News Author: Jesse Emspak Date: March 8, 2012 Emphasis Added

A year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, questions remain just what happens when you mix seawater with nuclear fuel. [...] 

In a paper published today in Science, Peter Burns, a professor of civil engineering . . . → Read More: Peroxides formed by seawater and melted fuel — “Even more likely to react with elements in core” — “Not clear exactly what kinds of chemicals were released” — Different than freshwater — Is this why officials ordered halt to pumping in seawater?

Nature Study: Long-term plutonium dose assessment needed after Fukushima — Concerns about Americium-241 also — Deposition south of plant, not only northwest

Title: Isotopic evidence of plutonium release into the environment from the Fukushima DNPP accident Source: Nature Publishing GroupAuthor: Jian Zheng, Keiko Tagami, Yoshito Watanabe, Shigeo Uchida, Tatsuo Aono, Nobuyoshi Ishii, Satoshi Yoshida, Yoshihisa Kubota, Shoichi Fuma & Sadao Ihara Date: 08 March 2012 Isotopic evidence of plutonium release into the environment from the Fukushima . . . → Read More: Nature Study: Long-term plutonium dose assessment needed after Fukushima — Concerns about Americium-241 also — Deposition south of plant, not only northwest

NBC’s Richard Engel on Fukushima: “Only time I’d seen a place on Earth that had been rendered uninhabitable for a long period” — “It has been excised from the planet” — How do you remove billions of invisible radioactive particles that are everywhere? (VIDEO)

Title: Richard Engel Talks About Nuclear Disaster Source: KULR Date: Mar 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM MST

[...] Richard Engel is covering the story for NBC News and spoke to KULR-8 Wednesday afternoon.  [...] 

“It’s really about the dust. I thought I was going into an area, it’d be like a big microwave oven. . . . → Read More: NBC’s Richard Engel on Fukushima: “Only time I’d seen a place on Earth that had been rendered uninhabitable for a long period” — “It has been excised from the planet” — How do you remove billions of invisible radioactive particles that are everywhere? (VIDEO)

Kyodo: Plutonium detected at multiple locations outside 20km zone — Up to 35 Bq/kg of Pu-241

March 8 Kyodo report in Japanese-only summarized by Fukushima Diary:

Mr. Zun from National Institute of Radiological Sciences measured Plutonium 241 [...]

It was in the dead leaves of Namiemachi [26km] and Iidatemura [32km] taken in April and May, and the soil from J-village.

Plutonium 239 (half life time 24,000 years) and plutonium 240 . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Plutonium detected at multiple locations outside 20km zone — Up to 35 Bq/kg of Pu-241

NBC Special: A snow that would never melt began falling — Each flake bringing down cesium on city of 300,000 people 60km from meltdowns (VIDEO)

Title: The Fallout: Cleaning up the mess of a nuclear meltdown Source: NBC Author: Richard Engel Date: March 7, 2012

At 1:20 in Monk: It started to snow, each flake bringing down the cesium on the city of 300,000 people. There was no evacuation.

Engel: What happened when that snow filled with radioactive particles . . . → Read More: NBC Special: A snow that would never melt began falling — Each flake bringing down cesium on city of 300,000 people 60km from meltdowns (VIDEO)

Worker falls ill at Fukushima Daini — We confirmed no radioactive materials were adhered to the body -Tepco

Title: Press Release (Mar 07,2012) Plant Status of Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station (March 7, 2012)

h/t EXSKF At around 1:55 pm on March 7, at the first basement of Heat Exchanger Building* of Unit 1 (non-controlled area) a partner companies’ worker found another worker who was engaged in repair work of insulation material . . . → Read More: Worker falls ill at Fukushima Daini — We confirmed no radioactive materials were adhered to the body -Tepco

Leading Japan newspaper comes out against nuclear power: “The illusion of nuclear power safety has been torn out by the root”

Title: Editorial: Time to say goodbye to nuclear power Source: Mainichi Daily News Date: March 8, 2012

Editorial: Time to say goodbye to nuclear power 

The illusion of nuclear power safety has been torn out by the root. The Fukushima nuclear disaster that followed the great waves of March 11 last year made sure . . . → Read More: Leading Japan newspaper comes out against nuclear power: “The illusion of nuclear power safety has been torn out by the root”

Kyodo: No one knows what’s actually happening inside three reactors one year later — “Still great uncertainty over the situation”

Title: Fukushima plant still needing great care a year after tsunamiSource: Kyodo Date: March 8, 2012 A year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was ravaged by a huge earthquake and tsunami, Japan continues to face the challenge of keeping the complex under control without much knowledge of what is actually happening inside . . . → Read More: Kyodo: No one knows what’s actually happening inside three reactors one year later — “Still great uncertainty over the situation”

Kyodo: Family suffered nausea, diarrhea after meltdowns 60km away, Mother very worried — “We think it’s a human rights problem and grave violation” says expert

Title: Fukushima mothers, kids speak of health concerns at N.Y. event Source: Kyodo Date: March 8, 2012

Two mothers and their sons from Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday spoke in New York about their health concerns stemming from the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Chiaki Tomitsuka, from Koriyama . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Family suffered nausea, diarrhea after meltdowns 60km away, Mother very worried — “We think it’s a human rights problem and grave violation” says expert