France: “We are still a long way off” from power being restored at Fukushima

“Very Grave” situation at Fukushima says Japan’s Prime Minister

Officials on Friday raised the severity rating of its nuclear disaster

Radioactive fallout has now reached Southern California: Diplomat -AP

Source: minuscule fallout reaches US, AP, March 18, 2011 at 9:20 am EST

Exposed: Radiation “streaming into atmosphere” after No.4 pool boiled dry in fire – UK Paper

Daily Mail, March 18, 2011 at 8:09 am EST

Evidence of “significant hole or crack” in SFP No. 4 given by key contractors who were at Fukushima: NRC

Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2011 at 4:50 am EST

Radiation expert: It’s “the beginning of the catastrophic phase” — “Maybe we have to pray”

Sebastian Pflugbeil, from the private German-based Society for Radiation Protection, said Japan’s efforts at Fukushima 1 plant signalled “the beginning of the catastrophic phase”.

Spent Fuel Pool in reactor No. 4 damaged and leaking very fast: UK’s top scientific officer (VIDEO)

“We’ve had reports that it has gone dry.”

Latest aerial video of Fukushima from Japanese TV (VIDEO)

March 17, 2011

Latest videos on Fukushima

Commentary and Forecasts

Off the Scale: Geiger counter goes wild 60-70 km WEST of Fukushima (VIDEO)

Due west…

Water cannon unable to spray reactor, turns away because radiation levels too high – NHK

BBC at 6:32 am EST

US Officials fear Fukushima to be “deadly for decades” – “It would be hard to describe how alarming this is right now” (VIDEO)

“There is a recognition this is a suicide mission,” the official said

ABC Australia: Wind from Fukushima will shift towards Tokyo tomorrow

March 17 at 9:31 am in Japan

Top US nuclear official raises the possibility of “widespread nuclear fallout” caused by spent fuel pool

AP, March 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm EST

Forecast map of radioactive clouds show threat to U.S. west coast (VIDEOS)

Via the Belgium Institute for Space Aeronomy (Institut d’Aeronomie Spatiale de Belgique)

Alaska considering adding more radiation monitors

Nuclear engineer: Contamination levels are not necessarily lower the farther away people are from the source. In the Chernobyl disaster, some places 100 miles away had more radiation than other points 10 to 15 miles away. The distribution depends on how winds carry it and where rains wash it down…

France says Japan has lost control, French should leave country

Reuters, March 16, 2011 6:51am EST

High radiation levels around plant prevent helicopters from dumping water on spent fuel rods at Fukushima

The plan was aborted after radiation levels above the plant were found to have largely exceeded 50 millisieverts

Japan’s emperor makes “unprecedented” address — Deeply worried about Fukushima

Emperor Akihito made an unprecedented televised address to his disaster-stricken nation Wednesday

“Nuclear emergency” warning for USA issued by aviation regulators — Anchorage included in “affected flight information regions”

The open-ended warning, issued at 2pm AEDT on Wednesday, applies to airspace zones in Japan, Russia, China, the United States and South Korea.

Leading Japan Paper: Fukushima will now be compared to Chernobyl — “4 nuclear reactors standing in a line are simultaneously spinning out of control”

Asahi Shimbun, March 16, 2011

Australian quake rescuers hit by radiation 40 km from Fukushima Daiichi

Sydney Morning Herald, March 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm EST