Fukushima: don't forget

Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors are fundamentally dangerous. Not only do they cause significant damage to the environment, the health of populations and to national economies, the heavy financial cost of a meltdown is inevitably borne by the public, not by the companies that designed, built, and operated the plants. None of the world’s 436 nuclear reactors are immune to human errors, natural disasters, or any of the many other serious incidents that could cause a disaster. Millions of people who live near nuclear reactors are at risk.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, especially the 160,000 who fled their homes because of radioactive contamination, and continue to live in limbo without fair, just, and timely compensation. They have only a false hope of returning home, yet the Japanese government is eagerly pushing to restart reactors, against the will of its people, and without learning true lessons from Fukushima.

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Fukushima update: IAEA confirms need for more evacuations

Blog entry by Andrew - Greenpeace | 31 March, 2011 10 comments

A few days ago our monitoring team on the ground in Japan found radiation levels high enough to require evacuation in several locations to the northwest of the crisis-stricken Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear plant, including Iitate village,...

Fukushima - An atomic/molecular physicist answers your questions (video)

Blog entry by Andrew - Greenpeace | 31 March, 2011 21 comments

The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still a long way from being over. With high levels of radiation still escaping from the damaged reactors, we sat down with Professor Wim Turkenburg and asked him some of the...

Call to widen evacuation area around Fukushima

Blog entry by Brian Fitzgerald | 27 March, 2011 31 comments

Our team of radiation specialists in Japan brought back their findings for the day. The press release says it all: Fukushima, March 27, 2011: Greenpeace radiation experts have confirmed radiation levels of up to ten micro...

Greenpeace radiation monitoring team at work in Japan

Image | 27 March, 2011 at 15:32

Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 27 March 2011 - Greenpeace radiation safety experts Jan Van de Putte and Jacob Namminga monitor contamination levels at Iitate village, 40km northwest of the crisis-stricken Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear plant,...

From our radiation sampling team in Japan

Blog entry by Brian Fitzgerald | 26 March, 2011 39 comments

Jacob Namminga , one of our radiation safety advisors, spoke to me via Skype about today's sampling trip in a rural area of Japan, to the north west of the Fukushima nuclear plant. We'll be reporting the details of our findings  once...

Fukushima – INES scale rating

Publication | 25 March, 2011 at 19:15

A new analysis prepared for Greenpeace Germany by nuclear safety expert Dr Helmut Hirsch shows that by March 23 2011, Japan’s nuclear crisis has already released enough radioactivity to be ranked at Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event...

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