Fukushima, Japan nuclear disaster update


This video says about itself:

Inside Fukushima’s Radioactive Ghost Towns

12 July 2016

A DAREDEVIL urban explorer has shared haunting images of the abandoned Fukushima earthquake ‘exclusion zone’ after sneaking in to the highly irradiated region. Wearing a gas mask but no other protective clothing, explorer and photographer Keow Wee Loong, 27, visited four of the evacuated towns in Fukushima – Tomioka, Okuma, Namie and Futaba – in June this year with friends Sherena Ng and Koji Hori.

Lying completely untouched since March 2011, the city of Fukushima was evacuated suddenly after the east coast of Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake followed by a huge tsunami. Keow’s images give an eerie insight into the panic that followed the disaster and show a city stuck in time as calendars remain on the same date, families’ clean washing is half-removed from driers and newspapers forever remain unsold.

Videographer / director: Keow Wee Loong
Producer: Crystal Chung, Ellie Winstanley
Editor: Jack Stevens

TOKYO — The combined costs of paying compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the decommissioning of the plant’s reactors may be double the initial estimate, rising to more than 20 trillion yen ($176 billion), according to estimates by the country’s industry ministry: here.

Why the water cooling system at Fukushima nuclear plant stopped — Business Insider Australia: here.

Japan tsunami highlights Fukushima nuclear plant vulnerability — Voice of America: here.

From the Asahi Shimbun daily in Japan:

Fukushima ‘ghost town’ uses dummies to fill sad post-3/11 void

By TAKUYA ISAYAMA/ Staff Writer

November 17, 2016 at 17:50 JST

NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture–Ghosts of the past are all around in this Fukushima town whose communities were decimated in the aftermath of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Less than one-tenth of Naraha’s residents have come home since its evacuation order was lifted, but some who did return have devised a creative solution to the population problem.

Locals have formed a group to make dummies to place them around the town in lieu of the many human inhabitants who have been absent since the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster of March 2011.

The results are poignant.

KYOTO – The magnitude-7.4 aftershock that rocked Fukushima Prefecture and its vicinity last week, more than five years after the mega-quake and tsunami of March 2011, triggered fresh nuclear concerns in the Kansai region, which hosts Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Mihama plant in Fukui Prefecture: here.

Japan’s nuclear export ambitions hit wall as Vietnam set to rip up reactor order — Japan Today: here.

Tsunami off Fukushima, Japan


This video is called Fukushima BREAKING NEWS; NOV. 22 2016 Tsunami Warning issued at FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN.

From ABC in Australia today:

Japan earthquake: Tsunami after quake strikes off Fukushima

Updated 13 minutes ago

A major earthquake has struck off the coast of Fukushima in north-east Japan, triggering a tsunami as residents were urged to flee to higher ground.

Key points:

Earthquake was first recorded as magnitude-7.3, later downgraded to 6.9
The first waves have made landfall, bigger waves are expected to hit the coast
The region is the same that was devastated in 2011, triggering a nuclear crisis

Waves of up to 90 centimetres were recorded about an hour after the 6:00am (local time) earthquake, but public broadcaster NHK warned: “We are going to observe much higher tsunamis.”

Authorities also warned of a tidal rip-current in some areas, meaning a larger wave could be building out to sea.

The tsunami alert predicted waves up to three metres high following the quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 but was later downgraded to 6.9 by the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake’s epicentre was at a depth of about 10 kilometres, off the coast of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which suffered a triple meltdown after the earthquake and tsunami which struck in 2011.

Tsunami waves have reached the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The operator of the plant said there were no abnormalities observed at the plant, NHK said.

NHK urged people to evacuate immediately, reminding them of the 2011 disaster that killed about 18,000 people.

“Please remember the Great East Japan Earthquake and move to higher ground,” it said, also asking residents to help alert elderly relatives to the emergency.

People were urged not to return to their houses until all the warnings are lifted.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

One woman suffered cuts to her head from falling dishes, Kyodo news agency reported, citing fire department officials.

‘My windows were shaking’

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Government would devote whatever resources were necessary to respond to the quake.

ABC correspondent Rachel Mealey said she felt the tremor in Tokyo, more than 200 kilometres away.

“I haven’t felt one like this is quite a long time. My apartment windows were shaking,” she said.

All nuclear plants on the coast threatened by the tsunami are shutdown in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Only two reactors are operating in Japan, both in the south-west of the country.

Even when in shutdown nuclear plants need cooling systems operating to keep spent fuel cool.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said there was no damage to the plants.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas.

Japan accounts for about 20 per cent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

The March 11, 2011, Fukushima quake was magnitude-9, the strongest quake in Japan on record. The massive tsunami it triggered caused the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier.

UPDATE: tsunami warning over; a few people injured.

Big Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake


This video fom New Zealand 1 Minute After The Christchurch Earthquake – 22 February 2011 – 182 confirmed dead.

From Reuters news agency:

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand; no tsunami warning

Published 40 min ago

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck 91km north-north-east of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, at 11.02 GMT on Sunday (Nov 13), the US Geological Survey said.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said on its website that the National Crisis Management Centre is being activated.

“We are assessing the situation with the assistance of scientific advisors and Civil Defence groups. Expect aftershocks,” the statement said.

Christchurch is the biggest city on New Zealand’s South Island. A 6.3 quake there in February 2011 killed 185 people and caused widespread damage.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from Monday’s quake.

However: Families warned to flee New Zealand coast ‘immediately’ over tsunami threat sparked by 7.4-magnitude earthquake: here.

Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan, news update


This video says about itself:

25 August 2016

Five years after the twin catastrophes of the Japan tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown, villages sit silent and empty. Thousands of workers still toil to clean up the radioactive material but it could be decades before their work is finished. As Japan continues to suffer the toxic aftermath of one of its worst ever disasters, 101 East reveals that the countryside may never again be safe.

Fukushima radiation in the Pacific (revisited) — Triple Pundit: here.

Fukushima cover up — CounterPunch: here.

Japan’s government should stay out of U.S. sailors’ lawsuit against TepcoThe Japan Times: here.

Editorial: Cost estimate needed first to decommission Fukushima plantThe Asahi Shimbun: here.

Untrained staff did radioactive cleanup work in FukushimaThe Asahi Shimbun: here.

Fukushima nuclear clean-up may rise to several billion dollars a year: government — Reuters: here.

Fukushima: A second Chernobyl? — The Asia-Pacific Journal: here.

Car wash septic tanks emerge as radiation threat in Fukushima — The Japan Times: here.

This petition was delivered to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ”We strongly oppose the signing of the India-Japan Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (hereafter: ‘the Agreement’) during the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, expected to be in mid November this year: here.

Dog saves earthquake victim dog


This video says about itself:

Italy: Dog rescued by firefighters from earthquake rubble in Norcia

31 October 2016

A dog was rescued by Italian firefighters after being trapped under rubble in Norcia, Monday, following a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that severely damaged the town and its surroundings on Sunday.

Some 20 people were injured in the earthquake, but no deaths have been reported. Emergency and civil protection teams were dispatched to the area to assess the damage.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Video: Dog saves dog after day under earthquake rubble

Today, 14:06

Guided by their own rescue dog, Italian rescue workers in the town of Norcia yesterday removed another dog alive from the rubble. The animal had been buried during the earthquake on Sunday.

One can see on a video of the Italian fire department how rescue workers liberate the animal gently out of its predicament and give it water. The animal was covered in dust but at first glance nothing else was wrong.

When the earthquake, the worst in Italy since 1980, struck, there were no deaths. Many people had already left the area after previous earthquakes in the area. In late August during the quake around Amatrice town nearly 300 people died.

Italian priest blames earthquakes on gays: here.