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: Radiation detected in food and water far from stricken nuclear facility

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | 19 March, 2011 7 comments

19 March 2011 Video from Yomiuri Shimbun Click here to watch on You Tube. While the workers at Fukushima are continuously spraying reactor unit 3 with water from fire fighting and special forces trucks, the wider...

Fukushima update: Race to submerge damaged nuclear fuel

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | 19 March, 2011 4 comments

French nuclear agency warns of significant long term contamination, as workers race to cover overheating nuclear fuel with water before the wind shifts. Our fears of the radioactive releases being very significant have been supported...

Fukushima update: Severity officially upgraded as reactors continue to leak, but no...

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | 18 March, 2011 4 comments

Today, Japanese authorities reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the scale of the accident has increased to level 5 on the International Nuclear Events Scale (INES), which means an accident with limited...

Fukushima update: Not yet in the clear

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | 18 March, 2011 7 comments

Overall, with possible exception of spent fuel pool of reactor #3, the status of all facilities is very similar to yesterday, which is a bad thing. Major uncertainty relates to amount of radiation already being released to air and sea,...

Fukushima update: Call for questions and some video from the scene

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | 17 March, 2011 14 comments

Little change to the situation, as far as we know, since our last update. Still very serious.  Watching to see what happens next, and hoping for the best. We've been getting a lot of questions about what's happening in Fukushima,...

Fukushima update: radiation levels remain high

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 17 March, 2011 11 comments

After days of news reporting one explosion after another at the Fukushima nuclear plant, there is finally a break in reports of new explosions. Radiation levels remain high around the plant. All efforts are being focused on...

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