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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[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.

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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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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Island of debris the size of TEXAS from 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed straight for the U.S. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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PUBLISHED: 22:41 EST, 4 November 2013 |

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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


US energy chief offers Japan nuclear cleanup help; says small plants good option for future

Washington Post
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.