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Japan's Government Will Bankroll A Giant Ice Wall At Fukushima

After weeks of deliberation, the Japanese government has finally intervened in the increasingly desperate situation at Fukushima. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a $US470 million plan to contain the leaking radioactive water at the nuclear power plant by building a giant wall of ice underground. And guess who’s going to pay for it (hint: not TEPCO).


Fukushima's Radioactive Water Problem Just Gets Worse And Worse

The clean up crew at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant just can’t catch a break. Just a day after Japan’s nuclear watchdog raised the severity of a recent water leakage incident from a one to a three on the international scale, experts are stepping forward to say that the problem is actually much worse.


Fukushima's Radioactive Puddles Are More Serious Than Anticipated

Japan’s nuclear agency wants to raise the severity level of the new radioactive water leak at the Fukushima. The problem is more serious than initially expected.


Fukushima Now Surrounded By Extremely Radioactive Puddles

A water tank at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan apparently sprung a leak recently. The latest reports from the northern prefecture say that puddles have collected all around the plant, and the implication is clear. Fukushima has a whole new radioactive water problem.


Japan Wants To Build An Ice Wall To Contain Fukushima's Radioactive Water

Radioactive water full of carcinogenic chemicals is leaking out of the Fukushima power plant at a critical rate, critical enough for the Nuclear Regulation Authority to deem the situation an “emergency“. It’s one of those desperate times, and the measures under consideration sound a little bit desperate.


Toxic Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into The Ocean At Emergency Levels

According to Japan’s nuclear watchdog group, highly radioactive water from the now-destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant has leaked into the ocean through an underground barrier and is now quickly rising towards the surface. Today, that same group reported that the toxic water has caused the ocean to exceed levels far above the legal radioactive limit.


Fukushima Is Leaking Radioactive Water Into The Pacific Ocean After All

Well, over two years after the Tōhuku earthquake and tsunami, TEPCO officials admit that radioactive groundwater has been leaking into the nearby ocean for, well, two years. The confession came just one day after an election that brought Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pro-nuclear party a solid majority, and months after watchdogs raised the red flag about possible ocean contamination.


Google Street Adds Haunting Panoramas From The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

It’s been almost two years since the disaster at Fukushima, but the surrounding area is still off limits and will continue to be for who knows how long. The town Namie-machi has been vacant since its evacuation on March 11, 2011, and now Google has uploaded Street View images of the eerie, hollow shell that remains.


Fukushima's Latest Near Disaster Was Caused By A Hungry Rat

While there’s no doubt that the nuclear crisis in Fukushima back in 2011 could have been avoided, a recent discovery suggests that this week’s extended blackout was entirely out of their of hands. Instead, the loss of power lies in the diabolical paws of a now deceased, foresight-lacking rat.


Japan Mulls Nixing Nukes In Favour Of Farming Wind

Japan has quite had its fill of nuclear power, thank you very much. As the country rebuilds from the devastating 2011 tsunami and subsequent Daiichi power plant disaster, it’s looking toward alternate energy sources. Good call, minna-san.