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Part of the over one million tons of debris dispersed in the Pacific, the trash island is located northeast of the Hawaiian Islands
The first documented tsunami debris to reach California arrived in April 2013
Boats, a dock, a soccer ball, and motorcycle have all been identified on the West Coast as confirmed tsunami debris
By Associated Press, Published: October 31
TOKYO — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that he expects deepening cooperation with Japan over the high-stakes cleaning up and decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Fukushima plant has had a series of mishaps in recent months, including radioactive water leaks from storage tanks. The incidents have added to concerns about the ability of operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, to safely close down the plant, which suffered meltdowns after being swamped by the March 2011 tsunami on Japan’s northeastern coast.
Al, one of the volunteers at the “Fukushima is Here” human mural on October 19, 2013 at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, talks about why he is involved and why it is important to tell the world about the continued radiation leak into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plan.
Fukushima is Here http://www.fukushimaresponse.org
Former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan, Oct. 28, 2013: The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was the most severe accident in the history of mankind. [...] I had pushed the policy of utilizing nuclear power [...] my view is now changed 180 degrees. [...] there are no other events except for wars that would require the evacuation of tens of millions of people. [...] it is technically impossible to eliminate accidents, especially if human factors such as terrorism are taken into account [...] to eliminate nuclear power plant accidents. All we need to do is to eliminate nuclear power plants themselves. [...] we are leaving the huge problem of nuclear waste for future generations to care for. There is no other way but to go down in the path toward achieving zero nuclear power, for the sake of our children and grandchildren. It is possible for mankind to get enough energy without relying on nuclear power — by using natural energy such as solar, wind, and biomass. To help curb global warming, we need to stop the use of not only nuclear power but also fossil fuels. [...]
Just got my postcard in the mail from the “Fukushima is Here” human mural. It was great meeting others in this alphabet soup on a beautiful Saturday morning (October 19, 2013. I’m the 4th or 5th dot in the “i” in Fukushima). Together we can spell a coherent message: that the radiation leakage is not just Japan’s problem, it is a global problem.
For more info, goto: fukushimaresponse.org
Los Angeles Times
By Yuriko Nagano
Oct 20, 2013
Their lives are back in limbo because of the massive radioactive water leakage discovered at the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant.
SOMA, Japan — For much of his life, Koichi Matsumoto, 58, happily slipped out of bed in the dead of night to work on a fishing trawler.
But these days, his catch is tree branches, tires and other rubble still adrift since the massive earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan more than two years ago.
“It feels as if we’re right back where we were after the disaster,” which struck March 11, 2011, said Matsumoto, a third-generation fisherman and head of the trawl boat unit at the 1,000-member Soma-Futaba fisheries cooperative.
The lives of Matsumoto and about 1,500 other fishermen in the Fukushima region are back in flux because of the discovery in August that 300 tons of radioactive wastewater was pouring into the ocean each day from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
UPDATE: Earthquake updated to 7.3. Tsunami advisory issued.
A 6.8 earthquake struck the region off shore from Fukushima today, October 26, 2013, 2:10am JST.
Approx latitude 27.2N, Logitude 144.6E at a depth of 10km.
For more information: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/
Fukushima is Here.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013. Ocean Beach, San Francisco.
What an incredible event. As I was driving up from San Jose to San Francisco, I was worried that the fog would ruin the day. But, like a miracle, the sun came out on cue, as the crowd of over 500 began to gather for this momentous occasion: a human mural spelling out the words “Fukushima is Here”… a message to the world that threat of nuclear contamination from the Fukushima disaster of 2011 is still here, and real. It is not just a local problem in the Tohoku region, but a global threat. People from the East Coast, South America, Canada, Japan and Europe came in solidarity to express their concerns and search for answers. Kudos to Jina, John and the many organizers who made this happen.
For more info goto: http://www.fukushimaishere.info/
TOKYO (AP) — A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island Wednesday before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo’s transportation during the morning rush. At least 17 deaths were reported and nearly 50 people were missing.
Hardest hit from Typhoon Wipha was Izu Oshima island, which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Tokyo. Rescuers found 16 bodies, most of them buried by mudslides, police and town officials said. Dozens of homes were destroyed, and about 45 people were missing.
Reuters by Aaron Sheldrick | Reuters
By Aaron Sheldrick
TOKYO (Reuters) – A once-in-a-decade typhoon threatened Japan on Tuesday, disrupting travel and shipping and forcing precautions to be taken at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Typhoon Wipha is moving across the Pacific straight towards the capital, Tokyo, and is expected to make landfall during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, bringing hurricane-force winds to the metropolitan area of 30 million people.
The center of the storm was 860 km (535 miles) southwest of Tokyo at 0800 GMT, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website. It was moving north-northeast at 35 kph (22 mph).
The storm had weakened as it headed north over the sea but was still packing sustained winds of about 140 kph (87 mph) with gusts as high as 194 kph (120 mph), the agency said.
The agency issued warnings for Tokyo of heavy rain, flooding and gales, and advised people to be prepared to leave their homes quickly and to avoid unnecessary travel.