How the Fukushima Disaster Made a Name for Nuke Startup Kurion
Martin LaMonica
Nuclear waste startup Kurion went from a tiny company betting heavily on government work to one that overnight became a key supplier to the crippled Fukushima power plant. Having gone through trial by fire in Japan, the company now hopes to sell its waste-removing technology to power plants around the world.

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Heavy equipment falls into nuclear reactor fuel pool at Japan’s Fukushima plant: Operator

The Strait Times


TOKYO (AFP) – A 400kg machine part fell into a nuclear fuel pool at Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant Friday, the operator said.
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said it had not detected any significant changes in radiation readings or in the level of pool water at the No. 3 reactor.
Friday’s incident occurred shortly after noon during a remotely controlled operation to remove debris from the fuel pool at the unit where the broken reactor still lies untouched. The pool contains 566 fuel rods, most of which are spent.
The operating console of the fuel handling machine slipped loose and fell into the pool as it was about to be lifted by a crane, Tepco said in a statement. The console weighed 400kg and measured 160cm by 90 cm by 100 cm, a Tepco official said.
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More than 100 youngsters in Japan diagnosed with thyroid cancer after Fukushima nuclear meltdown

Aug 28, 2014 22:58 By Andy Lines

Joseph Mangano, of the Radiation and Public Health Project, said the expected number of this type of cancer would be seven of the area’s 300,000 youngsters

March 2011 Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama
More than 100 youngsters in Japan have been ­diagnosed with thyroid cancer after the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown three years ago .

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Landslides caused by heavy rain kill 18


Aug. 19, 2014 – Updated 15:55 UTC-7

Torrential rain has hit Hiroshima Prefecture in western Japan, causing landslides and flooding. Heavy rain is also falling in Nagasaki Prefecture and other parts of western Japan.

The Meteorological Agency says warm, damp air has flowed from the south towards the front over the Sea of Japan. Officials say this has caused unstable atmospheric conditions in western Japan. Localized rain clouds have developed in the Chugoku region and northern Kyushu.

Record heavy precipitation of 204 millimeters in 3 hours was observed in Hiroshima City on Wednesday morning, surpassing the total monthly average for August.

18 people, including a 2-year-old child, are dead.
Firefighters are also trying to establish the whereabouts of about 13 residents after landslides.

The rain has softened the ground in some regions of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukuoka and Saga prefectures, raising the possibility of landslides.

Weather officials are warning people to be on the alert for landslides and flooding as well as lightning and gusts.

[Breaking] M6.8 hit Fukushima offshore / No update on Fukushima plant status

Fukushima Diary
At 4:22 7/12/2014 (JST), a strong earthquake of M6.8 hit Fukushima offshore.

The maximum seismic intensity was 4.

In area where Fukushima nuclear plant is located, it was 3. The epicenter was approx. 10km deep.

At this moment, no update on Fukushima plant situation has been published.


By Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s weather agency on Monday issued emergency warnings to urge people in the country’s southern islands to take maximum precautions as a super typhoon described as a “once in decades storm” is set to rake the Okinawa island chain with heavy rain and powerful winds.

Global Q&A: ‘Do you think the Fukushima nuclear accident is a cause for concern today?

The Epoch Times

On a local level and globally, long term repercussions for nature in general, including humans and animals, are seen as a result of the Fukushima nuclear accident. This is what Epoch Times reporters from areas such as Brazil and Argentina discovered when they asked locals, “Do you think the Fukushima nuclear accident is a cause for concern today?”

Look for the Global Q&A column every week. Epoch Times correspondents interview people around the world to learn about their lives and perspectives on local and global realities. Next week’s global question, “How possible is it for a young couple to own their own home in your country?”