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Contamination levels skyrocket at Fukushima plant, up nearly 2,000% — NHK: Quadrillions of becquerels already released; “Gov’t needs to take charge entirely” (VIDEO)

Kyodo News, September 1, 2013: Very high radiation levels were observed Saturday at three tanks and one of the pipes connecting them at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, pointing to the possibility that radioactive water may have newly leaked, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The radiation readings were from 70 to 1,800 millisieverts . . . → Read More: Contamination levels skyrocket at Fukushima plant, up nearly 2,000% — NHK: Quadrillions of becquerels already released; “Gov’t needs to take charge entirely” (VIDEO)

U.S. Nuclear Insider: Will be challenge to get “what’s left” of Fukushima’s melted fuel — Eventually they want to limit “material in substructure” from escaping (VIDEO)

Title: The Challenge of Containing Japan’s Nuclear Plant Source: Wall St. Journal Reporter: Deborah Kan Date: Aug. 31, 2013

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Kathryn Higley, Head of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University: The long-term issue is going to be stabilizing the reactors and ultimately pulling the fuel — what’s left of the fuel — . . . → Read More: U.S. Nuclear Insider: Will be challenge to get “what’s left” of Fukushima’s melted fuel — Eventually they want to limit “material in substructure” from escaping (VIDEO)

Japan Official: Fukushima contamination “increasingly seen as international problem… lawsuits may be filed overseas” — “Gov’t should take preventive actions based on a worst-case scenario” says S. Korea newspaper

Title: Government under fire for slow response to Fukushima leak Source: Asahi Shimbun Date: Aug. 30, 2013

[...] In a meeting at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party headquarters on Aug. 29, party lawmaker Yasuhisa Shiozaki lashed out at the Abe administration [...]

“The issue of radioactive water is increasingly seen as an international problem, . . . → Read More: Japan Official: Fukushima contamination “increasingly seen as international problem… lawsuits may be filed overseas” — “Gov’t should take preventive actions based on a worst-case scenario” says S. Korea newspaper

TV: “Simulation shows ENTIRE Pacific being polluted by radioactive water in just 6 years” after start of Fukushima crisis — “Experts now fear it may become a scary reality” (VIDEO)

Title: Radioactive water may contaminate entire Pacific Ocean in 6 years Source:  Arirang News Author: Kim Min-ji Date: Aug 28, 2013

This graphic shows the gradual contamination of the Pacific Ocean due to leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

The simulation, which was run by a German marine . . . → Read More: TV: “Simulation shows ENTIRE Pacific being polluted by radioactive water in just 6 years” after start of Fukushima crisis — “Experts now fear it may become a scary reality” (VIDEO)

BBC website links to report claiming ocean is ‘boiling’ in front of Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTOS)

When searching the BBC’s website for news about the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the following report appears:

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Here’s an excerpt from the report linked to by the BBC:

The sea is boiling off of the coast of Fukushima, Japan, and the picture of this devastating phenomenon has recently been called . . . → Read More: BBC website links to report claiming ocean is ‘boiling’ in front of Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTOS)

Experts: Fukushima “literally a matter of national security” — “This is becoming rapidly an international issue” — “Something must be failing” as Japan gov’t not dealing with crisis

Bloomberg, Aug 28, 2013: “This is becoming rapidly an international issue, so I think there is some pressure from countries in the region, including China Korea and others,” said Tom O’Sullivan, founder of Tokyo-based energy consultant Mathyos. [...]

The Japan Times (Professor Andrew Dewit and Dr. Chrisopher Hobson), Aug 29, 2013: Tepco’s abysmal track . . . → Read More: Experts: Fukushima “literally a matter of national security” — “This is becoming rapidly an international issue” — “Something must be failing” as Japan gov’t not dealing with crisis

“Very clear and present danger”: New push to dump radioactive Fukushima water in Pacific — Or boil it in large kettle and release steam into atmosphere for many years — Or do both says UC Berkeley professor

Title: Tepco Faces 132 Olympic Pools Worth of Radioactive Water Source: Bloomberg Authors: Yuriy Humber & Jacob Adelman Date: Aug 28, 2013

[Tepco] has accumulated the largest pool of radioactive water in the history of nuclear accidents. The utility must now decide what to do with it: dump in the ocean, evaporate into the . . . → Read More: “Very clear and present danger”: New push to dump radioactive Fukushima water in Pacific — Or boil it in large kettle and release steam into atmosphere for many years — Or do both says UC Berkeley professor

*Experts on Fukushima Unit 4* CNBC: “Far from under control, could get a lot worse” – Japan Times: “Could very quickly get much worse” – CNN: “Could still get a lot worse” — “Tokyo, Yokohama, even neighboring countries at serious risk” (VIDEO)

The Japan Times (Professor Andrew Dewit and Dr. Chrisopher Hobson), Aug 29, 2013: [...] The Economist calls Fukushima a “nightmare,” and the editors of Bloomberg deem it “ground zero” for the Abe government. [...] While it may be politically inconvenient for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to accept, it is time to intervene and take . . . → Read More: *Experts on Fukushima Unit 4* CNBC: “Far from under control, could get a lot worse” – Japan Times: “Could very quickly get much worse” – CNN: “Could still get a lot worse” — “Tokyo, Yokohama, even neighboring countries at serious risk” (VIDEO)

Nuclear Consultant on CNN: “Nobody knows how far the molten fuel went through containment” at Fukushima — “Challenges of unprecedented complexity”

Title: Why Fukushima is worse than you think Source: CNN, Author: Mycle Schneider, independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy based in Paris Date: August 30, 2013

[...] the 400,000 tons of contaminated water stored on the Fukushima site contain more than 2.5 times the amount of radioactive cesium dispersed during the 1986 . . . → Read More: Nuclear Consultant on CNN: “Nobody knows how far the molten fuel went through containment” at Fukushima — “Challenges of unprecedented complexity”

Professor: Fukushima disaster “beyond a cover-up” — Japan gov’t thinks they can get away with tricking masses about extent of problem — Officials and Tepco cannot be trusted, they are lying to the camera

Title: Are the Japanese government lying about the fallout from Fukushima? Source: Newstalk 106 FM Author: Raf Diallo Date: 29 August 2013

Alexis Dudden (SOURCE: University of Connecticut)

[...] Alexis Dudden, a Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and a regular visitor to Japan [who was recently in Fukushima Prefecture] spoke . . . → Read More: Professor: Fukushima disaster “beyond a cover-up” — Japan gov’t thinks they can get away with tricking masses about extent of problem — Officials and Tepco cannot be trusted, they are lying to the camera

NHK: There was a melt-through so Fukushima fuel is definitely down with the groundwater, and that’s flowing into Pacific — Americans need to watch, it gets international very quickly — May already be at West Coast — No ‘immediate’ risk (VIDEO)

Deutsche Welle, Aug. 28, 2013: No immediate risk for humans [...]  “Fish that migrate to less affected waters will gradually lose much of their Fukushima-derived cesium,” [Buesseler] said, adding that there was no immediate risk for humans eating fish from outside the contaminated areas off the Japanese coast. [...] However, scientists remain concerned about . . . → Read More: NHK: There was a melt-through so Fukushima fuel is definitely down with the groundwater, and that’s flowing into Pacific — Americans need to watch, it gets international very quickly — May already be at West Coast — No ‘immediate’ risk (VIDEO)

TV: Mystery spots on Fukushima cows ignored by gov’t — Veterinarian: It’s extremely important, Japan has to think of what to do with this problem (VIDEO)

Title: “White spots” on Fukushima cattle ignored by Japanese officials Source: Channel NewsAsia Reporter: Makiko Segawa Date: Aug. 29, 2013 h/t Anonymous tip

Channel News Asia: [...] radiation exposure can cause DNA and immunological changes in living organisms. [...] Farmer Masami Yoshizawa kept his cattle alive to monitor changes due to prolonged radiation exposure. . . . → Read More: TV: Mystery spots on Fukushima cows ignored by gov’t — Veterinarian: It’s extremely important, Japan has to think of what to do with this problem (VIDEO)

Fukushima plant in national emergency says governor — “Severe radioactive contamination with serious health affects on local population” — ‘Global intervention’ suggested

NHK, Aug. 28, 2013: The governor of Fukushima Prefecture has asked the central government to take the lead in dealing with the seemingly endless problems of water leakage at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. [...] Governor Yuhei Sato visited the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Tokyo on Wednesday. Sato told the authority’s chairman Shunichi Tanaka . . . → Read More: Fukushima plant in national emergency says governor — “Severe radioactive contamination with serious health affects on local population” — ‘Global intervention’ suggested

Russian Study: Fukushima released 100 quadrillion becquerels of cesium into atmosphere… In just ONE day — About equal to Chernobyl’s total release

Estimation of radionuclide emission during the March 15, 2011 accident at the Fukushima-1 NPP (Atomic Energy Journal Volume 112, Issue 3), July 2012:

“According to estimates made by the present authors, the following radionuclides entered the atmosphere on March 15, 2011 (PBq): ~400 iodine, ~100 cesium, and ~400 inert gases.”

Wikipedia’s entry on . . . → Read More: Russian Study: Fukushima released 100 quadrillion becquerels of cesium into atmosphere… In just ONE day — About equal to Chernobyl’s total release

Bloomberg: Japan gov’t needs to understand crisis at Fukushima is a matter of life and death — ABC Interview: “They are slowly killing us… They know full well it’s leaking, but they’ve done nothing” (AUDIO)

The World Today (ABC Australia), August 29, 2013: This latest demonstration was held [outside the company's Tokyo headquarters] in response to TEPCO’s confession that 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank at Fukushima, and that no-one noticed for a month. “They are slowly killing us,” says this man. “That’s . . . → Read More: Bloomberg: Japan gov’t needs to understand crisis at Fukushima is a matter of life and death — ABC Interview: “They are slowly killing us… They know full well it’s leaking, but they’ve done nothing” (AUDIO)

UPI: Fukushima plume to reach U.S. West Coast in months; Measurable increase in radioactive material — Study: Prolonged exposure for California lasting 10 years; Hits Hawaii early 2014… may already be surrounded (PHOTO)

UPI, Aug. 28, 2013: Fukushima radioactive plume being tracked toward U.S. West Coast [...] The radioactive plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster will reach U.S. shores within 3 years of the date of the incident, Australian researchers say. [...] “Observers on the West Coast of the United States will be able to see . . . → Read More: UPI: Fukushima plume to reach U.S. West Coast in months; Measurable increase in radioactive material — Study: Prolonged exposure for California lasting 10 years; Hits Hawaii early 2014… may already be surrounded (PHOTO)

Underground water just 4 inches from surface by Fukushima reactor — AP: Groundwater closer to surface than Tepco told officials investigating tank leak

Associated Press, August 28, 2013: On Wednesday, regulatory officials said [...] underground water is shallower around the tank than the company initially told regulators.

Water level of the groundwater observation holes up to August 27, 2013; Hole No. 1-4  is located between No. 2 reactor and Pacific Ocean, map available on second page of . . . → Read More: Underground water just 4 inches from surface by Fukushima reactor — AP: Groundwater closer to surface than Tepco told officials investigating tank leak

Popular Mechanics: Contaminated water threatens to swamp Fukushima site as it rises to surface — Radioactive liquid will continue entering ocean despite attempts to block it

Title: Just How Dangerous Are the Fukushima Leaks? Source: Popular Mechanics Author: Andrew Karam Date: August 27, 2013

‘Radiation safety expert’ Andrew Karam

The great earthquake that caused the tsunami also rattled the reactor plants [...] The shock opened up seams in the reactors and water drained from the cores. [...]

The headlines are . . . → Read More: Popular Mechanics: Contaminated water threatens to swamp Fukushima site as it rises to surface — Radioactive liquid will continue entering ocean despite attempts to block it

“Big Problem”: Cracked floors in Fukushima reactors leaking into groundwater that’s rising and rising and rising due to Tepco wall — “Can no longer be stopped from getting in ocean” — “Worse than that… buildings now on mushy land” (AUDIO)

Title: Breaking News: Entergy pulling the plug on Vermont Yankee Source: Fairewinds Energy Education Host: Nathaniel White-Joyal Date: Aug 27, 2013

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Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief engineer: The big problem is the nuclear reactors themselves have cracked floors. The buildings in those reactor buildings have cracked floors. And groundwater is getting into . . . → Read More: “Big Problem”: Cracked floors in Fukushima reactors leaking into groundwater that’s rising and rising and rising due to Tepco wall — “Can no longer be stopped from getting in ocean” — “Worse than that… buildings now on mushy land” (AUDIO)

Newspaper: Nations across Pacific are fearing impact from Fukushima — Many expecting cancer will increase in Pacific Rim — Japan exporting their environmental problem to the ocean

Title: Three-eyed fish for dinner kids Source: New Zealand Herald Author: Sam Judd, Columnisst Date: Aug. 28, 2013

[...] we may end up with tainted seafood because of ill-prepared and poorly managed efforts in Japan.

[...] the crisis is being compared to Chernobyl, but the fact that Fukushima is right on the water means . . . → Read More: Newspaper: Nations across Pacific are fearing impact from Fukushima — Many expecting cancer will increase in Pacific Rim — Japan exporting their environmental problem to the ocean

Gundersen: Radioactive plume to impact West Coast in a year — Not going away after it hits… likely to only get stronger — Fukushima will keep releasing contamination for years to come — Must demand officials test fish and make data public (AUDIO)

Title: Breaking News: Entergy pulling the plug on Vermont Yankee Source: Fairewinds Energy Education Host: Nathaniel White-Joyal Date: Aug 27, 2013

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Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief engineer: For the people in Japan and people on the West Coast there is a wedge of radioactivity working its way across the Pacific — called . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Radioactive plume to impact West Coast in a year — Not going away after it hits… likely to only get stronger — Fukushima will keep releasing contamination for years to come — Must demand officials test fish and make data public (AUDIO)

Study: “Fuel materials” introduced to Pacific Ocean via drains of Fukushima plant resulting in potentially serious contamination of marine environment

Title: Isotopic determination of U, Pu and Cs in environmental waters following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident Source: Geochemical Journal Authors: SAKAGUCHI, et al. Date Published: 2012 (Annual)

Concentrations of the radionuclides, U, Pu, and Cs were measured in water samples (10–20 L) to study analyte dispersion and migration following the Fukushima . . . → Read More: Study: “Fuel materials” introduced to Pacific Ocean via drains of Fukushima plant resulting in potentially serious contamination of marine environment