Categories

A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

AP: Strong quake rocks northeast Japan, centered off Fukushima

Strong quake rocks northeast Japan, no immediate reports of damage, Associated Press, September 29, 2011:

A strong earthquake has rocked northeastern Japan [...] preliminary magnitude of 5.6. [...] The earthquake was centered off Fukushima [...]

Series of quakes hit near Japan disaster zone — Magnitude 6.6 followed by 6.2

Series of quakes hit off Japan disaster zone, AFP, September 16, 2011:

A strong 6.6-magnitude undersea quake and a series of aftershocks hit off the coast of Japan’s Honshu island Saturday, not far from the area ravaged by a huge March quake and tsunami, geologists said.

The first earthquake was followed by two smaller . . . → Read More: Series of quakes hit near Japan disaster zone — Magnitude 6.6 followed by 6.2

Strange: Spokesman says workers at Virginia nuke plant were preparing to manually shut down reactors after quake when system went into automatic shut down — Another spokesman says “it was a manual shutdown”

Central Va., East Coast recovering from 5.8 quake, Richmond Times Dispatch, August 23, 2011:

[...] Dominion spokesman Richard Zuercher [...] said North Anna’s operators were preparing to manually shut down the units after the quake when the power station’s operating system automatically powered down both units, which supply about 10 percent of the state’s . . . → Read More: Strange: Spokesman says workers at Virginia nuke plant were preparing to manually shut down reactors after quake when system went into automatic shut down — Another spokesman says “it was a manual shutdown”

Emergency diesel generator fails at Virginia nuke plant hit by 5.9 quake

2 nuclear reactors taken offline after Va. quake, AP, August 23, 2011:

Federal officials say two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va., were automatically taken off line by safety systems around the time of the earthquake.

The Dominion-operated power plant is being run off three emergency diesel generators, . . . → Read More: Emergency diesel generator fails at Virginia nuke plant hit by 5.9 quake

Company admits Virginia nuke plant only designed to withstand a magnitude 5.9 – 6.1 earthquake — Today’s quake was 5.9

Lake Anna Reactor Ranked 7th most At-Risk for Earthquake Damage, NBC 29, March 16, 2011:  The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ranked the earthquake damage risk at all 104 nuclear power plants in this country. The pair operated by Dominion Power, at Lake Anna in eastern Louisa County, come in at 7th most . . . → Read More: Company admits Virginia nuke plant only designed to withstand a magnitude 5.9 – 6.1 earthquake — Today’s quake was 5.9

Virginia nuke plant has lost offsite power after quake, generators being used to cool reactors — “As far as we know, everything is safe” says NRC

Virginia Nuclear Plant Loses Power After Quake, Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2011:

A nuclear power plant in central Virginia has lost offsite power [... and] is now using four diesel generators to maintain cooling operations. The plant automatically shut down in the wake of the earthquake. 

“As far as we know, everything is . . . → Read More: Virginia nuke plant has lost offsite power after quake, generators being used to cool reactors — “As far as we know, everything is safe” says NRC

Paper: Fears of Fukushima-like nuclear disaster because quake centered just a few miles from an old nuclear power plant — Strongest to hit Virginia area since 1897

BREAKING NEWS: 5.9 earthquake hits Virginia with aftershocks in Washington DC and New York, Daily Mirror, August 23, 2011:

A huge earthquake ripped through the east coast of America this afternoon, causing terrifying tremors from Washington D.C. to New York. [...]

There were also fears of a nuclear disaster of the kind seen in . . . → Read More: Paper: Fears of Fukushima-like nuclear disaster because quake centered just a few miles from an old nuclear power plant — Strongest to hit Virginia area since 1897

Quake rocks Washington DC area — 5.9-magnitude epicenter only 12 miles from Virginia nuke plant

louisa

Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast, AP, August 23, 2011:

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass [...]

It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond . . . → Read More: Quake rocks Washington DC area — 5.9-magnitude epicenter only 12 miles from Virginia nuke plant

Independent: The explosive truth behind Fukushima’s meltdown — New evidence suggests reactors doomed to fail

The explosive truth behind Fukushima’s meltdown, Independent by David McNeill and Jake Adelstein, August 17, 2011:

Japan insists its nuclear crisis was caused by an unforeseeable combination of tsunami and earthquake. But new evidence suggests its reactors were doomed to fail

[...] The Independent has spoken to several workers at the plant who . . . → Read More: Independent: The explosive truth behind Fukushima’s meltdown — New evidence suggests reactors doomed to fail

Japan government prepares plan to flee Tokyo -ABC News (Australia)

Japan is considering the possibility of creating a back-up capital city . . . → Read More: Japan government prepares plan to flee Tokyo -ABC News (Australia)

“Stone-cold evidence that earthquake testing at US plants has been faked” — MORE: “Four nervous whistleblowers ready to tell their horror stories”

Not Another Ransom Note from Congressman Boehner, Greg Palast, August 1, 2011:

[...] We are in the midst of a full-blown investigation of the nuclear industry which, despite Fukushima, is rising from the crypt, resurrected by billions of dollars in government guarantees. You think the Fukushima disaster was just a Japanese affair?  We have . . . → Read More: “Stone-cold evidence that earthquake testing at US plants has been faked” — MORE: “Four nervous whistleblowers ready to tell their horror stories”

NYT: Fatal Radiation Level Found at Fukushima — “Exceeded” 10 sieverts per hour, measuring device was maxed out

Fatal Radiation Level Found at Fukushima Daiichi Plant, New York Times by Martin Fackler, August 1, 2011:

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said Monday that it measured the highest radiation levels within the plant since it was crippled by a devastating earthquake. However, it said the discovery would not slow continuing . . . → Read More: NYT: Fatal Radiation Level Found at Fukushima — “Exceeded” 10 sieverts per hour, measuring device was maxed out

6.2 quake hits Fukushima — 6.4 quake in same area Saturday

Strong Earthquake Jolts Northeastern Japan, Voice of America, July 24, 2011:

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has jolted northeastern Japan in the same region that was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the earthquake hit Fukushima prefecture early Monday. [...]

A magnitude-6.4 quake struck the same area . . . → Read More: 6.2 quake hits Fukushima — 6.4 quake in same area Saturday

Fukushima plant evacuated after major quake hits northeastern Japan — Largest aftershock since massive tsunami

Major quake strikes northeastern Japan, MSNBC, July 9, 2011:

A major earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off northeastern Japan on Sunday, triggering a small tsunami and causing the temporary evacuation of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

The U.S. Geological Service said the quake was 7.0 magnitude, the largest aftershock since the devastating March . . . → Read More: Fukushima plant evacuated after major quake hits northeastern Japan — Largest aftershock since massive tsunami

TEPCO halts reactor’s cooling system at Fukushima Daini after electrical sparks observed

Tepco halts cooling system at nuclear plant after sparks-Kyodo, Reuters, July 7, 2011:

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, located near the tsunami-crippled Daiichi plant, on Thursday halted the cooling system at one of its reactors after electrical sparks were detected, Kyodo news agency reported. [...]

Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station: . . . → Read More: TEPCO halts reactor’s cooling system at Fukushima Daini after electrical sparks observed

Australia’s nuclear safety regulator decided there is no need to screen any more sea or air cargo arriving from Japan — Dock workers concerned about radiation exposure

octor says radiation test on cars ‘scientifically negligent’, Illawarra Mercury, Jun 24, 2011:

[...] Two Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) inspectors boarded the Trans Future 7 yesterday morning to test 102 of the ship’s 800 new and used vehicles.

The tests were conducted only after Port Kembla dock workers raised concerns . . . → Read More: Australia’s nuclear safety regulator decided there is no need to screen any more sea or air cargo arriving from Japan — Dock workers concerned about radiation exposure

“Japan issues tsunami advisory after strong 6.7-magnitude quake” hits off northeast coast

Japan issues tsunami advisory after strong 6.7-magnitude quake, Daily Telegraph, June 23, 2011:

A TSUNAMI advisory was issued for part of Japan’s north-east coast after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck offshore this morning local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The meteorological agency said today the latest jolt hit at 6.51am (7.51am AEST) about 50km . . . → Read More: “Japan issues tsunami advisory after strong 6.7-magnitude quake” hits off northeast coast

Japan’s recovery from Fukushima to be measured in centuries, judging by Chernobyl (VIDEO)

Fallout!, 60 Minutes Australia, June 17, 2011:

When Japan was rocked by a massive earthquake and tsunami back in March, we told ourselves the worst was behind us. [...]

But all these weeks later, the crisis is far from over.

The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still leaking and, judging from the experience . . . → Read More: Japan’s recovery from Fukushima to be measured in centuries, judging by Chernobyl (VIDEO)

5.9 magnitude quake hits off Fukushima coast

5. 9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SHAKES EAST OF JAPAN, AGI News, June 18, 2011:

A quake with a magnitude of 5,9 on the Richter scale was recorded in East Japan [...]

This time the epicenter was located at 110 kilometers East of the Fukushima power plant [...]

Japanese gov’t report on Fukushima: “The situation has become extremely severe”

Japanese government compiled report on Fukushima nuclear accident, Denki Shimbun, June 14, 2011:

The Japanese government prepared a report on the accident at the Fukushima I nuclear power station (NPS) of Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TEPCO) and submitted it to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on June 7. The findings will be . . . → Read More: Japanese gov’t report on Fukushima: “The situation has become extremely severe”

First photo released from inside Reactor No. 4 — Walls and pipes “charred black”

TEPCO releases photo showing damage to No. 4 reactor building, Mainichi, June 13, 2011:

[...] In the photo, which was released on June 11, the pipes and walls near a power generator inside the structure are charred black, and rubble covers the floor.

Earlier the company had released footage showing work to remotely measure . . . → Read More: First photo released from inside Reactor No. 4 — Walls and pipes “charred black”

Japan gov’t now admits 40% of total Chernobyl radiation was released in just one week at Fukushima — Still a “wide margin of error”

Radiation Understated After Quake, Japan Says, New York Times by HIROKO TABUCHI, June 6, 2011:

Japan said Monday that radioactive emissions from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the early days of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster might have been more than twice as large as a previous estimate, suggesting . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t now admits 40% of total Chernobyl radiation was released in just one week at Fukushima — Still a “wide margin of error”

12