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.


Angry Scenes as Japan’s TEPCO Shareholders Demand Closure of Fukushima’s Atomic Plants

World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: June 26, 2014 11:57 IST

Tokyo: Furious shareholders of the company that runs Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power station joined campaigners Thursday to demand the permanent closure of the utility’s atomic plants as it held its annual meeting.

Dozens of demonstrators with loud speakers and banners said Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which wants to restart some of the reactors at the world’s largest nuclear plant, amongst others, must act to not repeat the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

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3.11 Remembered…3 years on…


Michael Tonge – 3/11/14 Sendai, Japan
Tomorrow will be a very hard and emotional day for many people in the Tohoku area of Japan. On this day 3 years ago at exactly 2.46pm we had one of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit Japan, followed by the devastating tsunami. Around 20,000 people lost their lives that day…old and young…men, women and children. Those of us who were here that day will never ever forget. People have moved on but the memories will always be deep. Tomorrow will be a tough one for many who lost loved ones…and the many who are still living in temporary housing or have not been able to go back to their homes or towns. So…wherever you are in the world…please think of Japan and the pain that is still so fresh for so many. Just a few photos I took in the days, weeks and months after the disaster…because it is so important not to forget!!

It was a pleasure to meet Cecile Pineda, the author of “Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step y Step”, an insightful perspective on the the nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 and its impact on the world today and into the future. In her book, she talks about the “problem of living on a contaminated planet”. Join Cecile, at a breakfast reading of her book on:

Sunday, March 16, 2014
First Unitarian Universalist Church
San Francisco
Martin Luther King Room
1187 Franklin St.
San Francisco

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Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout, study warns

Yahoo News
AFP NewsAFP News – Fri, Nov 29, 2013

Typhoons that hit Japan each year are helping spread radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the country’s waterways, researchers say.

Contaminated soil gets washed away by the high winds and rain and deposited in streams and rivers, a joint study by France’s Climate and Environmental Science laboratory (LSCE) and Tsukuba University in Japan showed.

An earthquake-sparked tsunami slammed into the Fukushima plant in March 2011, sending reactors into meltdown and sparking the worst atomic accident in a generation.


Japan nuclear plant to begin removing fuel rods

Associated Press
By MARI YAMAGUCHI 10 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Workers have started removing radioactive fuel rods Monday from one of four reactors at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The painstaking and risky task is a crucial first step toward a full cleanup of the earthquake and tsunami-damaged plant in northeastern Japan.


Japan ex-leaders join calls against nuclear power

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Associated Press
By Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer 8 hours ago
Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi speaks during a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s flagging anti-nuclear movement is getting a boost from two former prime ministers who are calling for atomic power to be phased out following the Fukushima disaster.

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday that the current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, should take advantage of his high public support and sway in parliament to “do the right thing.”

“Prime Minister Abe should use the power given to him to do what the majority of the people want,” Koizumi said in a speech at the Japan Press Club. “It can be achieved. Why miss this chance?”


David Suzuki’s Fukushima Warning Is Dire And Scary

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted: 11/04/2013

David Suzuki has issued a scary warning about Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, saying that if it falls in a future earthquake, it’s “bye bye Japan” and the entire west coast of North America should be evacuated.

The “Nature of Things” host made the comments in a talk posted to YouTube after he joined Dr. David Schindler for “Letting in the Light,” a symposium on water ecology held at the University of Alberta on Oct. 30 and 31.

An excerpt of the talk shows Suzuki outlining a frightening scenario that would result from the destruction of the nuclear plant.

“Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine,” he said.