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

BBC at 6:32 am EST

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

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…

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

“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

Official: Container of No.3 reactor feared damaged and leaking “high-level” radiation

- Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano

Austrian forecast map shows possible radioactivity EAST of Los Angeles by March 18 (ANIMATION & PHOTO)

Austria’s Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) now supports the emergency activities of the IAEA

Analyst: What we have already is the worst case scenario at Fukushima

The whole globe will be affected. This radiation will cover the whole globe.

Advisory: “Radiation too high for TEPCO personnel to stay in Fukushima nuke plant control rooms”

Kyodo News, March 15, 2011 at 6:49 am EST

Nuclear Engineer: Far more radioactivity inside spent fuel ponds than in reactors — Could very well produce damage greater than Chernobyl

“Could potentially be an even more severe problem than a reactor meltdown”

“Worse than a meltdown” says expert — “Spent nuclear fuel pool catches fire”: Japan Power Company

“High heat would loft the radiation in clouds that would spread the radioactivity” – New York Times

Photographer in Fukushima: It is a panic there — No way to escape as gas station are closed and rescuers are all gone

“This morning, wind is blowing from the north. At the Tokai nuclear power plant, some 100 kilometers south of the Fukushima plant, a high level of radiation was observed.”

Heading for U.S.? Radiation plume animation map from Fukushima — via Spiegel Online

Updated

TEPCO: Fuel rods at Fukushima No. 2 reactor were FULLY exposed — Third explosion feared

TEPCO “reported the loss of cooling functions as an emergency to the government.”

Radiation around Fukushima nearing levels where “humans vomit uncontrollably” and “hair can be stripped from the body”

Authorities admitted this for the first time – The Sun

Radioactive cloud hits U.S. aircraft carrier sailing in Pacific — Helicopters coated with radiation

NYT: Crew members on deck to receive a month’s worth of radiation in about an hour, government officials said Sunday

Expert: Nuclear radiation could spread to U.S. — At least 3 nuclear facilities at risk

Radiation at 400 times normal levels 60+ MILES from Fukushima… nearby ANOTHER nuclear plant

Officials presuming that TWO nuclear reactors have now had meltdowns

“Possibility of a nuclear nightmare”

TEPCO informs government of “emergency situation” at Fukushima Daiichi after radiation levels rise