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Hospital doctor says patients suffering high-level radiation exposure from Fukushima — Complains media are not reporting his findings

Fukushima cities, hospitals say they can't wait any longer for gov't to help them -- Still only a "small number" of Minami-Soma citizens have been checked for internal exposure

Reuters Interview: “I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I’ve lost 8 kg and when I went to the doctor I threw up everything I took” (VIDEO)

Yomiuri: Right after Tepco’s test, temperature rose sharply and went overscale — Reporters starting to ask questions

Reporter asks if Tepco test caused device to break — Nuclear experts doubt foregone conclusion of instrument failure at Reactor No. 2

Tepco: Cable inside the thermometer is probably cut at Reactor No. 2

Reuters: Contamination concerns growing… High radiation levels 270+ km from meltdowns — Gundersen: Over half of Japanese living in contaminated areas… Includes places 400 km away from Fukushima (VIDEO)

Nuclear Expert on Reactor No. 2 Footage: Sort of like a scene out of Alien, everything is kind of dripping and oozing (AUDIO) — Tepco Today: There’s little sign of steam

Former top Japan nuclear official appalled by his new findings: Iodine-133 likely a major contributor to thyroid dose after Fukushima — Much bigger health concern than I-131 (VIDEO)

Off the Scale: Reactor No. 2 temperature exceeded 400°C — Tepco says device broken — Reporter asks about recriticality

Gundersen: They are creating 100 to 1,000 times more radioactive material by burning debris than keeping it in concentrated form (AUDIO)

Professor: Damage to pressure vessel if melted fuel keeps heating up at Reactor No. 2? — Tepco blames faulty gauge, yet still fears rising temps

Bloomberg: Reactor No. 2 temperature breaches safety limit — Now almost double Feb. 1 level — Validity of safety declaration questioned — Nearly 200°F

Tepco: 91.2°C at Reactor No. 2 — Reporter suspicious of instrument failure claim since it’s steadily rising in small increments

Mystery: Radioactive black substance reported 25km from Fukushima — Latest measurement over 95 µSv/h — Strong alpha emitter detected (PHOTOS)


Fukushima Worker: I don’t think temperature gauge is broken — Likely area is getting heated

NHK: Gov’t report said if Fukushima containment vessels were damaged, Tokyo would be voluntarily evacuated

Official: Flakes fell like snow after first Fukushima explosion — “It was like a movie”

Mayor near Fukushima: “I’ve lost almost all body hair from chest down” — “Nosebleed hasn’t stopped”

Mainichi: Fukushima gov’t requests temperature updates every one hour — Wants prompt warning of potential risks from increase

Asahi Reporter: Tepco graph shows spike above 90°C at Reactor No. 2 — Exactly how high have temperatures gone?