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6.8 quake strikes off Fukushima coast

6.8 quake strikes off Fukushima coast

A 6.8 mаgnitudе еаrthԛuаkе hit оff the соаѕt оf Jараn, with its epicenter lосаtеd ѕоmе 129 kilоmеtеrѕ frоm thе сitу of Namie in Fukiѕhimа рrеfесturе, US Gеоlоgiсаl Survey rероrtеd. Thе ԛuаkе wаѕ сеntеrеd at a dерth оf аbоut 10km, ассоrding tо thе Jараn Mеtеоrоlоgiсаl Agеnсу (JMA). Read More »

8x More Babies Born Without Brains Near U.S. Nuclear Site Hanford

8x More Babies Born Without Brains Near U.S. Nuclear Site Hanford

Serious and sometimes fatal birth defects are much more prevalent right here than anywhere else in the country. Benton, Franklin and Yakima Counties are being hit the hardest by neural tube defects, from spina bifida to anencephaly [fatal defect where large part of brain/skull is missing]. “it’s scary that the cause of this is such a mystery,” said Candelaria Murillo. […] Rate of babies being born without a brain in our part of the state is eight times the national average. Read More »

Birth defect again found at high rate in south-central Washington

Birth defect again found at high rate in south-central Washington

Yakima, Benton and Franklin areas together signed seven cases of the unusual birth defect anencephaly in 2013, it all season of remarkably high numbers of cases, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday. Investigators are still trying to determine why the three-county area in the south-central part of the state is seeing so many cases of the fatal defect. Read More »

Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation

Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation

Sometime in the next few weeks highly diluted, low-level radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster is expected to reach West Coast shores All along the Pacific coast of North America and as far south as Costa Rica, people with little or no scientific background have volunteered to raise money for the program and collect the sea water samples needed to test for radiation. Read More »

Japanese physicians link spike in cancer to Fukushima radiation

Japanese physicians link spike in cancer to Fukushima radiation

Cancer rates in many areas of Japan are on the rise following the global catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility back in March 2011. And some Japanese doctors now caring for all those radiation refugees who were shipped out from areas surrounding the nuclear plant after it exploded say fallout from the disaster is likely to blame for this massive uptick in disease. Read More »

N. Pacific Seafood To Exceed Radiation levels 1,000 Bq/kg

N. Pacific Seafood To Exceed Radiation levels 1,000 Bqkg

he Fukushima nuclear emergency [...] emerged as a high priority looming threat due to the risk of radioactive contamination in the global ocean and biodiversity. [...] we assessed the bioaccumulation potential of 137Cs by testing steady state and time-dependent bioaccumulation models in an offshore food web that included fish-eating, resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) as one of the major top predators of the marine ecosystems in British Columbia, Canada. Read More »

Caldicott – All of Japan contaminated by Fukushima — 64,000 Sq Km, 46 Million Contaminated

Caldicott - All of Japan contaminated by Fukushima — 64,000 Sq Km, 46 Million Contaminated

Dr. Helen Caldicott: Things are grim — it gets actually worse by the day. […] There have been 3 meltdowns, which is just unheard of in the history of nuclear age, Units 1, 2, and 3, so that means that molten cores of about 100 tons of uranium in 3 reactors have melted their way through 6 inches of steel in the reactor vessel through to the containment floors, possibly through feet of concrete and steel into the earth. >> Full broadcast here Read More »

Japan Allows Residents To Return To Fukushima Disaster ‘Hot Zone’

Japan Allows Residents To Return To Fukushima Disaster 'Hot Zone'

For the first time since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 miles) from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear station, has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011, when the government ordered evacuations after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the power plant. Read More »

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