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Diablo Canyon in California lies in a seismically active zone totally unsuitable for a nuclear power plant. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission via Flickr.

Earthquake risk makes California's Diablo Canyon a Fukushima in waiting

Karl Grossman

27th August 2014

A newly-exposed report by Diablo Canyon's lead nuclear inspector shows that the twin reactors are unsafe, writes Karl Grossman. An earthquake on nearby geological faults could trigger a Fukushima-scale accident causing 10,000 early fatalities. The owner's response? Apply to extend the site's operation for another 20 years. more...
IAEA Experts at Unit 4 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, 17th April 2013, as part of a mission to review Japan's plans to decommission the facility. Photo: IAEA Imagebank.

Fukushima - we need health studies now!

Joseph Mangano & Janette Sherman

2nd August 2014

A massive health crisis is following the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima, write Joseph Mangano & Janette Sherman - not just in Japan but around the world. But the health impacts remains woefully under-studied. Scientists must wake up and undertake serious research without delay. more...
Unit 4 of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.

Fukushima - the continuing catastrophe

Harvey Wasserman

11th June 2014

Fukushima has largely disappeared from the mainstream news, writes Harvey Wasserman. After all, who wants to read about children with cancer, continuing huge radiation leaks, and the very real possibility of another catastrophe as big as Chernobyl? more...
The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as seen during a sea-water sampling boat journey, 7 November 2013. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.com.

Fukushima meltdown continues around the world

Paul Mobbs

12th March 2013

Three years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe hit our TV screens, Paul Mobbs examines the still unfolding global disaster - and the motives of politicians whose love of nuclear power is stronger, than it is wise. more...
Fukushima is Here on Ocean Beach demo, San Francisco, October 2013. Photo: Steve Rhodes.

Fukushima - all charges dropped

Oliver Tickell

4th March 2013

Japanese prosecutors have dropped all charges against Tepco, the operator of the stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima, along with senior Government officials. more...
Fukushima graffiti. Photo: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

'No one died, no one's health was damaged' - Fukushima's big lie

Karl Grossman

8th March 2014

The nuclear industry and its media cheerleaders have raised a chorus of misinformation over Fukushima, writes Karl Grossman. But their attempts to suppress the truth are ultimately doomed to failure. more...
March 23, 2011 - The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts a wash down while the ship is operating off the coast of Japan, to remove potential radiation contamination. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Carlstrom.

The US Navy knew: Fukushima's 'hard rain' on USS Ronald Reagan

Harvey Wasserman

27th February 2014

A telephone transcript released under the Freedom of Information Act shows: the US Navy knew that the USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its '3/11' meltdowns and explosions. more...
Fukushima live today - Photo: Tepco webcam.

Fukushima leaks 23 TBq of radioactive water

The Ecologist

20th February 2014

Tepco has announced the accidental leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water from a storage tank at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. more...
How long before Fukushima's radiation reaches America's west coast? Big Sur Pool, California. Photo: kptkarl via Flickr.com.

Citizens to fill the Fukushima information void

David Suzuki

10th February 2014

A citizen scientist project on North America's West Coast hopes to fill the void in credible scientific information about Fukushima's radiation and its effects on food and the environment, writes David Suzuki. more...

Fukushima Reactor 3 - TEPCO responds

The Ecologist

8th January 2014

Tepco has confirmed that steam is rising from Fukushima's melted-down Reactor 3, but insists there is 'no abnormality'. more...
Clearing debris from around the spent fuel pond in Fukushima Building 3 in late 2013. Photo from Tepco video.

Fukushima meltdown? Mystery steam rising over Reactor 3

Oliver Tickell

31st December 2013

Unexplained plumes of radioactive steam have been rising from Fukushima's Reactor Building 3, Could a major meltdown be on the way? more...
Sailors decontaminate the flight deck aboard USS Ronald Reagan, March 23 2011. Official U.S. Navy Page / Kevin B. Gray via Flickr.com.

Fukushima's cancer epidemic: the reality revealed

John Ward

25th December 2013

USS Reagan & Fukushima cancer levels are miles above comparative levels, according to John Ward. Slowly, the world is waking up to the realities of Japan's nuclear catastrophe: this disaster is real. more...

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Japan's post-Fukushima 'secrecy' clampdown

Saul Takahashi

11th December 2013

Japan's secrecy law, just passed by parliament, gives the government carte blanche to designate state secrets - and restrict information about anything it likes. Saul Takahashi hears the sound of jackboots on the march ... more...
George Monbiot. Photo: Adrian Arbib / Wikimedia Commons

It can't be easy being George Monbiot

Jonathon Porritt

7th December 2013

On 21st March 2011 George Monbiot stated: "As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology." Jonathon Porritt critiques Monbiot's intellectual gymnastics ... more...

UK - the world's plutonium store?

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

An unexpected outcome of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that the UK's Sellafield nuclear site - already the world's biggest plutonium repository - is set to store even more of the radioactive, fissionable metal. more...
Fukushima live today - Photo: Tepco webcam.

Can we risk another Fukushima?

Tom Burke

27th November 2013

Tom Burke expresses his disgust at those who downplay the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, and asks: is the world willing to tolerate repeat nuclear disasters? If not the answer is simple - an end to nuclear power. more...
Baby feet. Photo:  Denis Vrublevski / Shutterstock.com.

Fukushima fallout damaged thyroid glands of California babies

Chris Busby

19th November 2013

A new study finds that radioactive Iodine from Fukushima has caused a significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. more...
Flensing of a Baird's beaked whale killed in a small-type coastal whaling hunt

Ending Japan's great cetacean hunt

Sarah Baulch

12th November 2013

Japan's hunting of cetaceans has become a rallying point for nationalists, but demand for their meat is falling amid worries about toxic pollution. Fukushima could just prove to be the last straw for a declining industry ... more...
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The ring of eternal fire

Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

11th November 2013

Nuclear Greens in a post-Fukushima world: Americans read the increasingly panic-stricken reports of meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant in Japan and asked: 'Can it happen here?' They already knew the answer. more...

State Secrets Act to supress Fukushima information

Oliver Tickell

30 October 2013

Japan's new State Secrets Act promises a fearful clampdown on journalist and whistle-blowers. Critics say its main purpose is to lock down information about Fukushima. more...

Fukushima: the nightmare continues

Lynn Batten

Two and a half years on from the tsunami that caused several reactors to meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo and we are still in the dark about the true extent of the danger to human life and ecosystems writes Lynn Batten...... more...

Hiroshima... Nagasaki.... Fukushima...

by Lynn Batten

December 3rd, 2012

Lynn Batten reviews Strong in the Rain, a haunting book which gives an account of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 though the narratives of six survivors. more...
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Fukushima: the social impact of a nuclear disaster

Hiroki & Ngaire Takano

15th February, 2012

The earthquake and nuclear meltdown in Japan last year compounded pre-existing issues like falling birth rates, fragmented families and shrinking communities. What does the future hold? more...
Stop Hinkley

Campaigners say no to nuclear new build at Hinkley Point

Nikki Clark

15th February, 2012

Campaign group South-West Against Nuclear want to stop the government's plans for a 'nuclear renaissance' beginning in Hinkley Point in Somerset. Nuclear, activists say, is plagued by problems from beginning to end more...
Smoke rises from a nuclear facility's four chimneys

Links between childhood leukaemia and nuclear power plant radiation

Matilda Lee

15th February, 2012

The UK government's scientific advisory group found no link between childhood leukaemia and proximity to nuclear power plants, but German and French research has found an alarming doubling of risk more...

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