Fukushima Radiation News

Posted on August 24, 2014

Efforts to contain water contaminated with radioactive substances at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are progressing at a snail’s pace.

Posted on January 01, 2014

 As you will all remember, TEPCO’s plans for decontaminating the ever increasing amounts of radioactive water accumulating at Fukushima depend upon their ALPS decontamination system. Recently the first hot runs of this system commenced and now a report has been issued in Japanese only on Nov 29.

Posted on October 09, 2013

 by Nelle Maxey, web exclusive


NHK WORLD, Oct. 9, 2013: [...] The Nuclear Regulation Authority says at least 6 workers were sprayed with the contaminated water and are being checked for radiation exposure. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, says the workers mistakenly detached a water pipe

Posted on July 15, 2013

Fukushima Update # 83: July 14, 2013

by Nelle Maxey

Headlines around the world this week declared huge increases in levels of radioactive Cesium and Strontium found in test wells on the ocean side of Units 1 and 2 at Fukushima. These were the highest cesium levels found since the March 2011 disaster. This water is leaking into the ocean.

Posted on April 11, 2013

Fukushima Update # 85: April 11, 2013

by Nelle Maxey

Two more articles of interest this morning at Ex-SKF. The first discusses a leak at the pump connection which was moving water from one underground pond to another and makes the point of how contaminated this water is (a subject I didn’t broach in my email yesterday). The water is contaminated with strontium 90 and other beta wave radiation. This is very dangerous.

Posted on April 09, 2013

Fukushima Update # 84: April 9, 2013

by Nelle Maxey

The international press is finally catching on to the implications of the latest “water leaks” at Fukushima.

Posted on March 15, 2013

Fukushima Update # 83: March 15, 2013

by Nelle Maxey

Never mind the "mays" and "maybes" in this article, the point is clear.

Since 44% of the water in the harbour is replaced every day with fresh seawater, a massive amount of leakage is going on to keep levels of caesium and strontium at a steady highs.

Posted on December 11, 2012

Fukushima Update # 82: December 9, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

It appears there WAS a reaction to the large Dec 7 earthquake at Fukushima in Unit 1.

Despite reports to the contrary in the general press, hydrogen concentrations, pressure and radioactivity levels are still rising in Unit 1 torus.

Posted on April 17, 2012

Fukushima Update # 81: April 9, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

Polar bears as well as seals and walruses in Alaska are being found with radiation- related hair loss and skin lesions. Of course the officials are not saying this. They are "investigating" the cause!

Posted on February 14, 2012

Fukushima Update #80, February 13 & 14, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

Xenon gas has been detected in Unit 2.
TEPCO's press handout from this morning has the details.

Posted on February 11, 2012

Fukushima Update #79, February 11, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

This is getting serious.

RPV Temperature at 74.9 degrees C (highest since this whole tragi/comedy began) and cooling water increased to 14.5 tons/hour.

Posted on February 07, 2012
Fukushima Update #78, February 7, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

TEPCO increased the volume of water being injected into Unit 2 by 35% in the early hours of February 7.
This attempt to lower the temperature has stabilized it around 70 degrees C. But it has not lowered it significantly.

Posted on February 06, 2012

Fukushima Update #77, February 6, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

Problems at Fukushima continue to mount.

Posted on January 23, 2012

Fukushima Update #76, January 23, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

Unit 2

First I will address the CRD Housing temperature sensor which became erratic last week.

Posted on January 15, 2012

Fukushima Update #75, January 15, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

Two more problems (aside from the Unit #4 mystery which I update below) have surfaced in the last week at the Fukushima plant site.

Posted on January 11, 2012

Fukushima Update #74, January 10, 2012

by Nelle Maxey

If you have been following Fukushima news, you will be aware of a spike in radiation measured at the plant after the large earthquake on Jan 1.

Posted on December 07, 2011

Fukushima Update #72 - December 5, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The water decontamination system at the Fukushima plant site developed a leak on the weekend.

Posted on November 25, 2011

Fukushima Update #71 - November 25, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

TEPCO to RAISE Temperature of Reactor Pressure Vessels
I don't understand this action or the article, except to say it would appear the production of hydrogen in the reactors is a serious threat after all.

Posted on November 08, 2011

Fukushima Update #70 - November 7, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

An excellent video on the testing situation in both Japan and the US on Fukushima airborne radiation spread.

A knowledgeable and rational assessment of what we are facing by someone who is involved in the testing himself.

Posted on November 02, 2011

Fukushima Update #69: November 3, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Dear Readers,

You will remember my discussions of the possibility of re-criticality in the reactors at Fukushima. I am sorry to report this is now a serious possibility at Unit 2 (and at Units 1 and 3 perhaps as well.) The releases of Xenon detected by the gas management system instruments are very small and TEPCO is downplaying this development as controllable by spraying boric acid to absorb neutrons and thus prevent further chain reactions from occurring. Of course, as always, there are more questions than answers about what is actually going on.

Posted on November 01, 2011

Fukushima Update #68: November 1, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Over the last few weeks many independent reports have been released regarding the true levels of Fukushima contamination. These have come from independent scientists, citizen groups and European agencies. However two postings yesterday are of particular importance and I wanted to bring them to the attention of the public. Thanks to Jeff Jones for the Gunderson video and Kevin Logan for the NRC FOI releases.

Posted on October 23, 2011

Dear Readers, I am ending my Japan Updates. I have been doing these almost daily for the last seven months.

However, I now will be turning my attention and energy elsewhere. Not doing these updates will free up many hours a day for me.

Furthermore, there are are many sites now covering the information.

Posted on October 06, 2011

Fukushima Update #67: Oct 3, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Non Existent Nuclear Safety: Profit and Power

No one who has taken any interest in the world around them should be surprised by Arnie Gunderson's latest video, Nuclear Oversight Lacking Worldwide, released by Fairewinds yesterday.

Posted on October 04, 2011

Fukushima Update #66: Sept 27-Oct 1

by Nelle Maxey

Contamination Consternation

The news from Japan this week has been schizoid, as in cut off from the real, external world while simultaneously living in an internal fantasy.

Posted on September 29, 2011

Fukushima Update Special: Sept 29,2011

by Nelle Maxey

International Press Stories

The continued reports of spreading contamination and concerns with both the government and industry handling of the disaster have led to a spate of articles in the international press this week. The articles sited here are by no means an exhaustive list, however, they do show the continued and often mounting concern regarding the nuclear disaster at Fukushima specifically and the use of nuclear power in general. ~Nelle

Posted on September 27, 2011

Update #64: Sept 24 & 25

by Nelle Maxey

From 1% to 4% to 100% Hydrogen

The lead story in our last report concerned the hydrogen concentration in a pipe at Unit 1.

Posted on September 26, 2011

Update #63: Sept 22 & 23

by Nelle Maxey

At the Plant Site

Before we go to our first story, I need to correct an assumption I made regarding the gas decontamination systems that TEPCO announced a few days ago. I thought they were talking about filtering the radioactive gas out of the vent systems. This not the case at all.

Posted on September 23, 2011

Update #63: September 21, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

This article was posted on CounterPunch today. (H/T to Kevin Logan)

It concerns many questions about how the Japanese government and TEPCO have handled the Fukushima disaster. It is an excerpt from a recently published book. The most shocking question posed is about the magnitude of the earthquake itself.

Posted on September 21, 2011

Update #62: Sept 17 & 18

by Nelle Maxey


Excellent interviews in this 3- minute video from Al Jazeera on Sunday.

Experts say Fukushima ‘worse' than Chernobyl

"At least one billion becquerels of radiation continue to leak from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant each day even though it is now more than five months after the March earthquake and tsunami that damaged the facility.

Posted on September 14, 2011
Update #61: Sept 14, 2011
by Nelle Maxey
At the Plant Site - Reactor Temperatures
A few days ago I posted a comment from Physics Forum saying the temperature decline at the bottom of the RPV in Unit 3 was levelling off and more action would be needed to control it.
Posted on September 14, 2011

Update #61: Sept 13, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

No Disclosure

Remember the blacked out report Tepco presented to the government committee investigating Fukushima accident last week? Looks like it will be awhile (if ever) before we learn what actions were actually taken at the plant in those critical hours following the earthquake. The saga continues as NHK reported today.

Posted on September 13, 2011

Update#60:  Sept 12, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

More and more voices are speaking up about Fukushima. Over the last 3 days there have been a myriad of stories on what really happened, what is continuing to happen and what may happen. As I reported last week many are questioning what is really going on inside the reactors with the melted fuel, the water cooling and so forth. If you read nothing else in the report today read this short, concise statement on the situation at Fukushima by Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University published in Mainici on Friday. I have snipped a few of his statements from the report below. Then watch the new Chris Busby video (below) on the health effects on children.

Posted on September 08, 2011

Update #59: Sept 7, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

This is the first update in over ten days. In that time, I have collected 30 pages of stories on Fukushima (and related topics). The new format with new headings will, I hope, make it easier for readers for follow the main topic streams from many different sources. I will only synopsize sources and readers can then go to the links which interest them to read full articles or hear audio programs or see videos.

Posted on August 31, 2011

Update #58: August 29 & 30, 2011
by Nelle Maxey
Yesterday, SKF reported this story on soil contamination results. There is a map at the SKF link.

Monday, August 29, 2011
Soil Contamination in 34 Locations in Fukushima Exceeds Chernobyl Confiscation/Closed Zone Level

"In one location, the contamination level is more than 10 times the Chernobyl level.

Posted on August 29, 2011

Update #57: August 29, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Since NHK English is no longer regularly posting stories on Fukushima, the format of these updates will change to lead stories from EX-SKF (SKF) with supplemental stories from other sources.

Posted on August 27, 2011

Update #56: August 27, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Not one story on Fukushima at NHK today. In case you are led to believe the crisis is over the following stories are in the international press today. There is much in the international Press.

Posted on August 27, 2011

Update #55: August 26, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Prime Minister Kan resigned today as he promised in the spring following the Fukushima disaster.

5 candidates run for Democratic Party presidency

"Five candidates are running for the presidency of Democratic Party of Japan to succeed Prime Minister Naoto Kan...." Saturday, August 27, 2011 07:51 +0900 (JST)

Posted on August 23, 2011

Update #54: August 23, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The news today again confirms the serious nature of the radioactive contamination from Fukushima as posited 4 months ago by many independent experts.

Posted on August 22, 2011

Update # 53: August 22, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

What a sad day. Jack Layton has died. The BP oil spill is back. Libya is "free" as citizens in the streets are strafed by NATO planes.

Posted on August 22, 2011

Update # 52: August 21, 2011

 by Nelle Maxey

As reported at NHK this morning, two of the government's plans to lift contamination bans have had to be scraped.

Posted on August 19, 2011

Update # 50: August 19, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Another important video interview has been released by RT TV.

Paul Gunter of the Reactor Oversight Project with Beyond Nuclear discusses what is and has happened at Fukushima.

Posted on August 18, 2011

Update # 49: August 18, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

It is fair to say that the Fukushima story has "exploded" again.

Today, RT News released a new video interview with Dr. Christopher Busby.

Posted on August 17, 2011

Update # 48: August 16 & 17, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Dear Readers,

I resume daily updates with this report. I collected a number of stories during the week I didn't write and will prepare a synopsis of those stories as a separate post.

Posted on August 15, 2011

Update # 47: August 14, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

I am taking a break from my summer visitors to inform you of a very import interview with Arnie Gunderson from Fairewinds Associates.

Posted on August 09, 2011

Update # 46 - August 9, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The international press is full of stories on contamination.

This story appeared in the Japan Times yesterday with an about face in Japan's Foreign Ministry policy on the safety of exported Japanese food. It is beyond time for the Harper government to explain to the Canadian people how they are being protected from radiation contaminated food imports since his government lifted the Japanese food import bans in late June.

Posted on August 07, 2011

Update # 46: August 7, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Cleaning and recirculating the huge stores of contaminated water stopped again today at Fukushima. This at the same time the levels of stored waters are again becoming critical. TEPCO must keep pouring water onto the reactor cores to keep them cool whether this is done with fresh water or with "cleaned", recirculated water removed from the stores of contaminated water. As of August 5, the level of water in the Waste Treatment Facility was only 12 inches below the maximum space available.

Posted on August 06, 2011

Update # 45: August 6, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

There continues to be little news at NHK on Fukushima, but there are some interesting developments in the international and Japanese press and on blog sites.

First is a new video from Arnie Gunderson of Fairewinds.

Posted on August 05, 2011

Update # 44: August 5, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

I'll be taking another break from daily updates as my home fills up with family visitors next week (YAY!). I'll be back with more regular updates around mid-month.

Posted on August 05, 2011

Update # 43: Thursday August 4, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The Georgia Straight has two articles today on radiation in BC (and the rest of Canada) in the month following the explosions and meltdowns at Fukushima.

Posted on August 03, 2011

Update # 42B: August 3, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

More international press and internet blog sites reactions to the very important story of the high radioactivity levels reported from the Fukushima plant.

TEPCO continues to attempt to downplay this, but nuclear experts are speaking up in the press.

Posted on August 03, 2011

Update # 42: August 3, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

At NHK today: Government to test rice for radioactivity

"The Japanese government says that rice harvested in the coming months will be tested for radioactivity.

Posted on August 02, 2011

Update # 41: August 2, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Contamination everywhere in the news today.

Here is the government's solution to the contaminated fertilizer (composted leaf mold or manure) issue. A little radioactive contamination is okay with them.

Posted on August 02, 2011

Update # 40: August 1, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

After reporting the torrential rains at Fukushima and saying it didn't affect the plant, today NHK carries this story. There may be no connection with rain. But what is clear is that the contaminated water has been leaking from the building into the environment and the company has "begun work" to stop it.

Posted on July 29, 2011

radiation symbolUpdate # 39: July 29, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Continued trouble with the decontamination system and storage of contaminated water was reported at NHK today.

Posted on July 28, 2011

Update # 38: Monday to Thursday, July 25-28, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The Fukushima disaster is not getting better.

Posted on July 25, 2011

radiation symbolUpdate # 37: Weekend July 23 & 24th, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The blackout on Friday is explained as human error with a circuit breaker set incorrectly. Hmm . . .

I won't be able to check the temperatures in the various SFPs and reactors until all data is released on Monday or Tuesday.

Posted on July 22, 2011

radiation symbolUpdate # 36: July 22, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

A new problem at the plant on Friday with two of three main power lines out.

The first report at 11:42 says there was a power surge on the two lines which tripper a circuit breaker.

Posted on July 21, 2011

radiation symbolUpdate # 35: July 21, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

News on radioactive contamination continues to worsen. As readers may remember, Dr. Chris Busby (who is in Japan at the moment) recommended at the onset of this disaster that a 200 km evacuation area around Fukushima be established. You can see from the map published with the story below that everyone is breathing radioactive contaminated air at distances of 150 km from Fukushima.

Posted on July 19, 2011

radiation symbolUpdate # 34: July 16-19, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Three big stories out of Japan over the last few days have been the beef/hay contamination, the faltering radioactive water decontamination system at Fukushima and the government/TEPCO announcement that the "goals" of Step 1 in TEPCO's control plan for Fukushima have "mostly" been reached. Today, Tuesday, July 19th, the government/TEPCO is releasing Step 2 of the plan which is reported to include lifting of emergency evacuation zones Japan.

Posted on July 15, 2011

Update # 33: July 15, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

At NHK this morning another article on the Decontamination system. These articles continue to confound. See the 2 SFK articles linked below for analysis.

Posted on July 14, 2011

 Update # 33: July 14, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Nelle will only be tracking major stories for the week of July 15th to 22nd.

Decontamination System

Today at NHK, there are two articles regarding decontamination. First, the decontamination system is still shut down.

Posted on July 13, 2011

Update # 32 - July 13, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

At NHK today, another halt to the decontamination system due to leaks and concerns about the operating rate. the framing of the story today is new, that is now it is a filter problem. I'll look into this and I will do some research on this whole system and see what I can find out. In the meantime readers may want to refresh their memory regarding the system by re-reading this article which I posted in an April Update:

Posted on July 12, 2011

Update # 31 - July 12, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Decontamination System woes continue: It's up, it's down, it's up, it's down, it's up. TEPCO bumbles on.

This halt was due to leaking at the same joint that was replaced Sunday after a 12-hour shutdown and a leak of radioactive water.

Posted on July 10, 2011

Update # 29 - July 9 & 10, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

More trouble with the decontamination system at Fukushima. It was halted for 12 hours on Sunday, but has now resumed.

No word on temperatures at reactors (Units 1, 2 & 4) due to 12 hour suspension of cooling.

Posted on July 09, 2011

Update # 28 - July 8, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Let's start with a discussion of the scandal regarding the re-opening of the Genkai Nuke plant, run by Kyushu Electric Power Company in Saga Prefecture.

Posted on July 07, 2011

Update # 27 - July 7, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The first story concerns the nitrogen injection scheduled for Unit 3 MOX fuel reactor.

Note that workers exposure to normally accepted limits of 100 millisieverts annually would occur in 2 hours in Unit 3. This is the problem.

Posted on July 06, 2011

radiation in japanUpdate #26: July 5, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The first story at NHK this morning concerns the preparations to pump nitrogen into Unit 3. Note the comment by Nuclear Crisis Minister Hosono at the end of the story. Apparently the government continues in its stance that the evacuation zone around the plant can be reduced once the "threat" of hydrogen explosions is reduced. The high levels of contamination in many locations does not seem to be of concern in terms of "returning" evacuees to their homes. As you will see as you read the international press stories on contamination, this is totally unrealistic.

Posted on July 04, 2011

Update #24: July 3, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

I find the first two stories at NHK this morning rather odd in relation to remarks by the the new Nuclear Crisis Minister, Hosono.

In the first story, lifting emergency evacuation preparation orders seems a bit . . ahem . . . premature to me.

Posted on July 04, 2011

Update #25: July 4, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

At NHK July 4th, we learn that the decontamination/cooling water circulation system ran as expected for only a day.

Posted on July 02, 2011

Update #23: July 2, 2011-07-02

by Nelle Maxey

At NHK this morning, some good news for a change. The heat exchanger system installed on the Unit 3 SFP (spent fuel pool) has successfully lowered the temperature in the pool to 40°C in 3 days. The a similar system for SFP at Unit 2 has is also working to reduce temperature. So that means only Units 1 and 4 SFP's still require injections (or spraying) of cooling water. This means the amount of highly contaminated water being produced by the cooling is declining. Although there is no plan yet for how to install a cooling system in Unit 4.

Posted on July 02, 2011

Update #22 :July 1, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Fukushima news at NHK: the first 3 stories concern the decontamination which is once again running. Let's hope the kinks have been removed since this system is so vital to cooling the reactors through the decontamination and recycling of some of the highly contaminated cooling water.

Posted on June 28, 2011

Update #21: June 28, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Today at NHK, the water decontamination system is reported as running again. The diagram which accompanies the story shows the 4km of pipe overlaid on a aerial view of the site.

 TEPCO restarts water-circulation cooling


Posted on June 26, 2011

Update #20 - June 26, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

I'm sorry to report that nothing is getting better at Fukushima or for the citizens of Japan. Here are the latest stories from NHK. I'll review the developments over the last 10 days in my comments on each story. And add some stories from earlier.

Posted on June 21, 2011

Update #19 - June 21, 2011

Nelle is away for a week but in the meantime you can continue to stay in touch with the situation in Japan through some of these links to sites of interest:

NHK japan national TV http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

Short daily reports on TECPCO press releases and other news related to Quake & Nuclear Emergency

Most of these are found in the "Society and Others" category

as well as, JAIF Daily Reports: http://www.jaif.or.jp/english/


Posted on June 14, 2011

RadiationUpdate #18, June 14, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Problems at Unit 4.
Three months after the explosions, TEPCO entered Unit 4 for the first time and finds the pipes are too severely damaged to be used in the planned water circulation cooling system. Back to the drawing board. The whole idea of the circulating water systems was to reduce the amount of radioactive contaminated water flowing into the basements, tunnels and trenches at the plant from the spraying/pumping operations.

Posted on June 08, 2011

Update #17: June 8, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

The temperatures in the RPVs (reactor pressure vessels) at all 3 reactors remain above 100 degrees Celsius.

The temperatures recorded below are from http://atmc.jp/plant/temperature/

This data concurs with the data in the JANTI parameter report today.

Posted on June 07, 2011

Update #16 - June 7, 2011

NISA's report on the re-estimated air contamination from Fukushima has been released.

The air contamination in the early days (that is after the explosions) is variously reported as now estimated to be from 770,000 terabequerels to 850,000 terabequerels. (See 3 stories below).

Posted on June 05, 2011

Update # 15: June 5, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Stories at NHK this morning:

Nelle's comment: I assume the overflow will be "prevented" for 3 days as that is the capacity left in the main processing building (aka waste disposal facility south of Unit 4) at the rates they are pumping the contaminated water out of of the Unit 2 trenches.

Posted on June 05, 2011

Update #14: June 4, 2011 - 1

by Nelle Maxey

Stories at NHK today are below.

But listen to the Arnie Gunderson audio interview at the bottom of this email. It will put much of what is happening in perspective.

Posted on June 03, 2011

Update #13 - June 3, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

At NHK today:

Nelle's Comments:

Finally Tepco admits it can't get a handle on containing all the HIGHLY contaminated water and overflow is likely.

Posted on June 02, 2011

radiationUpdate #12 - June 2, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

TEPCO announced yesterday that they would begin a live streaming web cam at Fukushima.

Posted on June 01, 2011

Update #11: May 31st, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Nelle's comment: Again we see the odd statement that the temperature of spent fuel pool is only around 70°C (30° below the boiling point), yet this is supposed to be producing enough steam to saturate the air in Unit 2 to 99.9% humidity to the point where it is raining inside the structure? I simply do not understand this. Also remember in an earlier story TEPCO admitted they weren't sure this heat exchanger system would work to reduce the steam and high temperatures that are inhibiting work at the plant. We will see.

Posted on May 30, 2011

Update #10: May 30th, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

More "admissions' from Tepco this morning. After all the fanfare two weeks ago that the timelines weren't changing, now we learn that, of course, they ARE changing.

The addition of two months would bring the timeline for stabilizing the reactors into March of 2012.

Posted on May 29, 2011

Update # 9: Weekend May 28 & 29th

by Nelle Maxey

Global Research posted two articles today honing in on the real problem with the nuclear energy industry. . .nuclear waste.

Tepco Failed to Disclose Scale of Fukushima Radiation Leaks, Academics Say is a reprint of the Bloomberg article that appeared on Friday. It lucidly discusses the waste problem.

Posted on May 27, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Update # 8: May 27, 2011

NHK this morning is all about CONTAMINATION problems. Even Bloomberg is noticing:
"As a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency visits Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled nuclear plant today, academics warn the company has failed to disclose the scale of radiation leaks and faces a “massive problem” with contaminated water."

Posted on May 26, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Update #7 - May 26, 2011

More trouble with contaminated water reported at NHK today. Another 57 tons of contaminated water gone missing.

TEPCO probes into possible leak at Fukushima

The operator of Japan's troubled nuclear plant is trying to determine where contaminated water from a waste disposal facility is leaking to, after finding that the water level inside the facility has dropped.

Posted on May 24, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Update #6 - May 24, 2011

Unit 2 & 3 meltdowns officially confirmed by Tepco

These stories are a result of the report released yesterday which Tepco was ordered to issue by Japan's Nuclear Safety Agency. I have been unable to find the report on-line. There is a very brief summary at JAIF.

Posted on May 23, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Update #5 - May 23, 2011

Remember I reported problems at No 1 yesterday. Here is a scary report posted within the last hour or so at EnergyNews:

Posted on May 23, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Update #3 - May 21 & 22

Problems continue at Unit 1.
Let's hope we don't see another explosion.
See NHK story on nitrogen injections and also the TEPCO press release that indicate problems with cooling the spent fuel pool at Unit 1.

Posted on May 23, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Update #4 - May 23, 2011

The issue of whether the damage at Fukushima was caused by the earthquake or the tsunami has serious implications for the safety of nuclear plants. This has now become a central issue in the analysis of what happened in Japan. My report this morning discusses how it is unfolding.

Posted on May 17, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Update #2  - May 18, 2011

Today TEPCO announced its new plan, which basically is to recirculate used cooling water for further cooling of the reactors.

Tepco is "optimistically" keeping the same timelines for complete cold shutdown by January 2012. (One blogger comments maybe they mean January 2013. I concur.)

Posted on May 17, 2011

The Watershed Sentinel is proud to share Nelle Maxey’s Fukushima Updates prepared for the BC environmental community.

Every day, Nelle pours over the media and other reports of the status of the reactors at Fukushima, comparing figures and trying to make sense out of the conflicting reports.

You can read the daily updates here.

Posted on May 17, 2011

by Nelle Maxey

Update #1 - May 17, 2011

Since all the very bad news on Friday, things have continued to deteriorate at Fukushima. TEPCO continues to be unable to really respond to the increasingly critical situation. Lots of "plans", but in fact all the action is going to the ongoing flooding with cooling water which isn't working. (I've only selected the most important of many weekend stories).