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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Greenpeace radiation monitoring team at work in Japan

Image | March 27, 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 | March 26, 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 | March 25, 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...

Increased radiation detected in Japan’s food and water

Blog entry by Jess Miller | March 23, 2011 7 comments

For days we’ve heard conflicting reports about the safety of radiation levels in the food and water in Japan. Just a few days ago, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government stated that radiation levels had decreased in the city. However,...

Video: Questions and answers on radiation and the Fukushima nuclear crisis

Blog entry by Jess Miller | March 23, 2011 17 comments

There have been a lot of reports and contradicting information circulating recently about radiation and its potential dangers. Reports of contaminated water, milk, vegetables and ocean radiation make the news daily as well as claims...

Update: Fire burns at reactor 3 and food contamination concerns rise

Blog entry by Jess Miller | March 21, 2011 7 comments

The Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear crisis continues, marked by confusion and a lack of information and transparency. Today, our team of nuclear experts and monitors followed reports of grey smoke coming out of the spent fuel pool of the...

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