Irradiated glaciers from the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters now threaten the environment as they could release their stored radiation particles at any moment. In a study presented at the European Geosciences Union’s General Assembly, researchers discussed how ice and snow in glaciated areas can capture fallout from nuclear accidents and store them for long periods of time. However, these glaciers are starting to melt at a rapid pace as a result of climate change. They are now at risk of releasing their contaminants into the environment, which could poison humans and wildlife alike.
Tech Times 12th April 2019 read more »
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will start removing nuclear fuel from the No. 3 reactor as early as next week through equipment controlled remotely due to high radiation levels inside the building. This will mark Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s first attempt to remove spent fuel from one of the three reactors that experienced a meltdown during the 2011 nuclear accident. All spent fuel has already been removed from the No. 4 reactor. TEPCO workers will use remote control to remove nuclear fuel assemblies kept in the pool on the upper floors of the No. 3 reactor building. Utility officials acknowledge that the process will not be easy, as they have no experience conducting such a dangerous task remotely. The 566 nuclear fuel assemblies in the storage pool will be removed under a plan expected to take two years to complete.
Asahi Shimbun 12th April 2019 read more »
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday checked on progress in reconstruction in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima affected by the 2011 nuclear crisis. Abe attended a ceremony to open a new town hall in Okuma, one of the two municipalities hosting the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and visited a soccer facility from which the Japan leg of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start in March 2020. Abe also visited the nuclear plant for the first time since September 2013 for an update on its decommissioning. His visit comes after Japan’s Olympics minister was forced to step down last week over remarks deemed offensive to people affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the world’s worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl crisis. After effectively sacking the gaffe-prone minister, Yoshitaka Sakurada, Abe apologized to the public for appointing him and pledged to work to regain public trust in his cabinet.
Japan Today 14th April 2019 read more »
Chernobyl on HBO: ‘Untold true story’ behind world’s worst nuclear disaster
The ‘untold true story’ of the Chernobyl disaster is coming to Sky Atlantic next month more than 33 years after the nuclear explosion. In the early hours of April 26 1986 a planned test on Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant went disastrously wrong. Engineers had been trying to figure out how the new reactor would cope in the event of a nuclear attack which would cause a power cut to the station. Would water continue to power the turbines and cool the core long enough for the back-up diesel generators to begin?
Mirror 13th April 2019 read more »