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After Fukushima, Wikileaks points to the disasters waiting to happen

June 9th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

If a techincally-advanced country like Japan with a reputation for exactitude can suffer from one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, should we be a litttle more worried about places where security and infrastructure are poor to non-existent and corruption is rampant? That's the theme of a special report compiled for Reuters, based on diplomatic cables assembled from the Wikileaks treasure trove. And it's kinda scary

Japan admits total meltdown, says it was unprepared for Fukushima disaster

June 8th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

Considering that the Fukushima nuclear reactor complex is still leaking high levels of radiation nearly three months after the disaster and meltdowns, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise to learn that Japan was totally unprepared to deal with it. But it's encouraging that, after months of downplaying the dangers and offering uberoptimistic assessments of progress, the Japanese government is finally admitting the truth

Fukushima radioactivity highest in three months

June 5th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

It's been three months since the crisis began at Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor complex, and they're no closer to cleaning up the radioactive mess. In fact, things may be getting worse. Japan's NHK TV broadcast a hellish image of radioactive steam billowing out of cracks in the reactor floor. They also reported high levels of radiation. Tokyo Electric Power Company inspected the inside of the No.1 reactor building on Friday with a remote-controlled robot. TEPCO said it found that steam was rising from a crevice in the floor, and that extremely high radiation of 3,000 to 4,000 millisieverts per hour was measured around the area. The radiation is believed to be the highest detected in the air at the plant

Fukushima radiation found in California milk, fruit, vegetables

June 1st, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

As the crippled reactors in Japan continue to emit radiation into the environment, the risk grows that it will appear in our food. Radiation has already been detected in trace amounts in milk across the U.S., and in strawberries, kale and other vegetables in California

After Fukushima, Japan says no more nukes

May 11th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

Japan is scrapping plans to get half its power from nuclear reactors. Leaving us to wonder what took them so long. Two months after the earthquake that trashed the Fukushima reactor complex they appear no closer to getting that mess cleaned up, while the experts debate whether this disaster is as bad as Chernobyl, or worse. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference that his country will now focus on renewable energy such as wind and solar, and conservation

Japan nuclear mess: They really have no idea

March 25th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

After weeks of government assurances that everything is under control and there is nothing to worry about, recent events at the damaged Japanes nuclear reactors have revealed the truth: They really have no idea what's going on inside there. If there's one lesson we can gain from this odyssey, it's that nuclear reactors are only safe so long as nothing goes wrong

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