Tag Archives: Tokyo

Japan Nuclear Crisis: Sawdust, shredded newspaper, “diaper absorbent” fail to soak up radioactive water

Would that this were a joke. Highly radioactive water is leaking into the sea at the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan. Workers there have tried to stop the flow with polymeric water absorbent, the stuff used in baby diapers, that can soak up 50 times its volume in liquid. At left,… Read More »

Japan: Seawater contaminated near Fukushima; removal of radioactive water inside plant hits new problems

PHOTO, CLICK FOR LARGE: An aerial view from a height of some 1,500 meters (4,920 feet) and distance of more than 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, March 29, 2011. From right are the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors. (REUTERS/Kyodo) The government of Japan today… Read More »

Japan Nuclear Crisis: New criticism of safety measures, lack of radiation testing for Fukushima workers

Photo: A handout photo from Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency shows Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers refueling a portable power generator at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture northeastern Japan March 23, 2011. Picture taken March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency via Kyodo. Mizuko Ito (a cultural anthropologist,… Read More »

At Fukushima nuclear plant, concern and confusion over state of #3 reactor

Click for larger photo. Japan Self Defense Force members in protective clothing prepare to transfer to another hospital workers who were exposed to radiation at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, at a hospital in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan on March 25, 2011. About 300 engineers have been working around the clock… Read More »

Japan finds radiation contamination of milk, spinach; water in Fukushima contaminated, Tokyo water shows trace

PHOTO: An employee of Yamagata city office holds a Geiger counter to detect radiation when evacuees from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear plant wish to be screened upon their arrival at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao.… Read More »

Japan TV dioramas of stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are dissonantly adorable

(screengrabs from NHK, courtesy IZ RELOADED) During a live broadcast yesterday, the Japanese television network NHK unveiled a hand-crafted scale model of the damaged Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant. Like the cardboard infographics their nuclear experts have been pointing to on-air since the nuclear crisis began, this diorama is a key part of their news presentation,… Read More »

Japan: Emergency water drop operations begin at Fukushima; new photos show damage at stricken nuclear plant

(screengrab of NHK TV coverage of the third helicopter water drop in the current operation, around 10am local time in Japan.) Two helicopters, modified to help protect pilots from radiation, have just begun missions to drop tons of sea water on the quake and tsunami-stricken Fukushima 1 plant in Japan. The live TV coverage of… Read More »

Japan: TEPCO reports a new fire at Reactor No. 4

Reuters: “Breaking news from NHK, quoting Tokyo Electric Power: Fire breaks out at Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor.” From NHK broadcast now: Fire detected on NE upper corner of the outer structure of No. 4 reactor, they are trying to extinguish now. NHK analyst says it looks like another hydrogen explosion/fire. Flames now rising from… Read More »

Japan: Third blast at Fukushima nuclear plant, fire at reactor 4, workers leave plant, crisis worsens (UPDATED)

Image (Reuters): Tokyo Electric Power officials hold an illustration of a nuclear plant as they answer reporters’ questions at the disaster center in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. A fresh explosion rocked a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant on Tuesday where engineers have been pumping sea water into a reactor to prevent a catastrophic… Read More »

Aftershock: A New Yorker on the dark side of Japan (eyewitness account of quake, from Tokyo)

[Photo: Citizens of Tokyo evacuate the city on train tracks, after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. REUTERS] The only thing more disconcerting than the typical calm Japanese people so often exhibit in the face of all manner of outlandish occurrences is actually seeing the normally buttoned-up, retrained populace lose… Read More »