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Reagan gets Irradiated

The lawsuit filed by sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its support ships has been covered by some mainstream media, albeit on the inside pages (even Fox News). I would venture that, despite the almost total media … Continue reading

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Radioactive bananas

This month, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have started removing fuel rods from Fukushima reactor No.4 fuel pool. I’m not going to go into this too much, but I’ll just say that the No.4 fuel pool contains about 1500 … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about plutonium

The nightmare at Fukushima just keeps getting worse and worse. There are two reasons behind this failure to contain the disaster: firstly, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), who run the plant, are a management company, not an engineering company; … Continue reading

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Fukushima and Fascism

There’s something going on in Japan, because earlier in the week the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced that 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (here). This … Continue reading

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Fukushima – on a wing and a prayer

Two weeks ago there was a power failure at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (here). The spent fuel pools of reactors 1, 2, 3 and 4 lost their cooling systems for more than 24 hours (apparently a radioactive rat … Continue reading

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Fukushima spent fuel pool No.4

The magnitude 7.3 earthquake that occured off the coast of Japan last Friday was widely reported. What wasn’t reported at all was the effect that this earthquake might have had on the already badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. I’m … Continue reading

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Fukushima – sorry about the doom and gloom, but…

It’s a sad fact that most of the mainstream media continue to ignore the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan. For instance, last August, fish that were caught 20 kilometres north of the Fukushima plant were found to have cesium levels … Continue reading

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The WHO, Japan and alpha emitters

Last Wednesday the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report that said post-Fukushima radiation levels in Japan were low (see here). I’m not going to argue about the figures in this WHO report, or the fact that WHO uses data … Continue reading

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Plutonium is good for you: or, happy astroturfing

This week the Guardian published an article (in CIF America) about Fukushima. The article, by Richard Schiffman, went over much the same ground as my recent post about Fukushima (see here). Of course in no time at all the astroturf … Continue reading

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This is really, really not like Chernobyl

No it’s not. It’s far worse. If it wasn’t so tragic it would be laughable. As well as a cover-up there’s also a matter of pride here; ie, that western technology is far superior to the old Soviet technology. At … Continue reading

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Fukushima: the possibility of a massive explosion

Last Thursday, TEPCO mistakenly reported that radiation levels found in a puddle of water (that two plant workers had stepped in) were ten million times normal. They later corrected this and said the levels were ten thousand times normal. The … Continue reading

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The world concentrates on other news as Japan begins to glow in the dark

I wish I had some good news to report about the nuclear crisis in Japan; but alas: the last two weeks have been a slowly unfolding nightmare. Every day it’s got a little bit worse, and information from the Japanese … Continue reading

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TEPCO crys while Tripoli trembles

As he left a press conference this afternoon, Akio Komori, Managing Director of TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.), broke down in tears (see here). Here’s part of what Akio Komori said at the press conference… we would like to make … Continue reading

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Japan: it looks like they’re going to have to go for the Chernobyl solution

ie, cover all the stricken reactors with sand, lead and boron, and then emtomb them. For four, and possibly, six reactors this will be a massive undertaking, costing billions of dollars. Hopefully it won’t come to this. Engineers have almost … Continue reading

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Japan: all we need now is for Godzilla to come up out of the sea

Today, Sunday, there’s been much conflicting and confusing information about the Fukushima nuclear reactors, from both the plant operators, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), and the Japanese Government. What does seem certain is that the three reactors that were in … Continue reading

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