Inside Footage from Fukushima's Deepest Crisis

PBS' FRONTLINE cringe-inducing documentary, Japan's Nuclear Meltdown, takes you about as far inside Fukushima's rupturing, quake-paralyzed nuclear plant as you want to get. We've pulled together the most jarring moments here, where Japanese workers struggled to prevent a disaster from exploding further. » 2/29/12 2:20pm 2/29/12 2:20pm

Fukushima Crisis Awakes After Reactor Heats Up Mysteriously

Just when you thought it was over, the temperature at reactor number 2 at Fukushima's nuclear plant has soared 26.7 degrees Celsius in the last few hours. Worse: they don't know why the temperature is increasing after being stabilized for so long. » 2/06/12 3:35pm 2/06/12 3:35pm

Disturbing Evidence of Recent Nuclear Reactions Found at Fukushima

Japan is hoping to have the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant safely shuttered by the end of the year, but a little radioactive wrench just got dropped: inspectors have discovered evidence of very recent fission. That's bad news. » 11/02/11 11:03am 11/02/11 11:03am

Young Fukushima Evacuees Suffering from Thyroid Problems after…

Even though Japan is trying to rebuild, the incredible radiation unleashed by the Fukushima Daiichi plant after the tsunami continues to take its toll. One charity found that 10 out of 130 youths evacuated from Fukushima is suffering from thyroid irregularities. » 10/04/11 9:32am 10/04/11 9:32am

Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Hits Japan (Updated)

Japan's been struck with another earthquake, right smack in its center. Details are scant, but the immediate worry is if damage has rippled outward to already damaged and internally sensitive nuclear plants bruised by March's quake. » 9/16/11 3:49pm 9/16/11 3:49pm

Japan's Clearing Away Its Earthquake Wasteland

Sure, there's an enormous area around the Fukushima plant that's still horrendously irradiated. But for the rest of country ravaged by the March 11th earthquake, cleanups are restoring order to what looked like the apocalypse this spring. » 9/13/11 9:08am 9/13/11 9:08am

Japanese Government Finds Areas Around Fukushima More Dangerous than…

You know what happens when 168 Hiroshima bombs' worth of radioactive crap is released in one spot? It's going to leave a mark. The Japanese gov's released a map that shows 34 locales surrounding Fukushima are worse than Chernobyl's threshold. » 8/30/11 9:40am 8/30/11 9:40am

Fukushima Has Leaked 168 Hiroshima Blasts of Radiation

We've known Fukushima's been hemorrhaging radiation steadily since the disaster began in March. But now we've got a horrid new way to quantify it: the amount of terribly dangerous cesium-137 released by the plant is equal to 168 nuclear bombings. » 8/26/11 12:00pm 8/26/11 12:00pm

Why Earthquakes Are So Hard To Predict

In an article originally published March 14th, New Scientist explains why earthquakes are so hard to predict, how seismologists have tried to foretell quakes in the past, and what promising approaches may lead to successful prediction in the future. » 8/23/11 3:01pm 8/23/11 3:01pm

Toxic Nuclear Sludge Found 60 Miles Away from Fukushima Reactor

More proof that March's crisis persists: the Japanese government's found deadly cesium isotopes near the Fukushima district courthouse—that's over 60 miles from the plant. What's worse, the radioactive gunk contained over 20 times the "safe limit" of cesium. » 8/16/11 3:12pm 8/16/11 3:12pm

This MMA Badass Braved the Fukushima Evacuation Zone Just to Feed Stray…

Enson Inoue is a 5 foot 10, 210 pound, MMA heavyweight championship-winning, black belt-wearing, thrower of fists, knees, and other jabbing appendages. He also loves dogs enough that he risked massive radiation to help abandoned animals. This guy is good.

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Fukushima Plant Now Leaking Highest Radiation Levels Since Tsunami

In case you forgot, one of the worst disasters since the advent of nuclear energy is still underway. And although the initial shock has worn off, the radiation levels sure haven't: TEPCO measured 10,000 millisieverts/hour—that's fatal. » 8/01/11 9:20pm 8/01/11 9:20pm

Japanese Nuclear Emergency Director: You Have No Right to a…

This footage, from a recent meeting of indignant Japanese citizens and feckless Japanese government types should be a little shocking. Sadly, it's just more of the same—ineptitude and inaction. Buy denying the right to avoiding radiation? OK, shocking. » 7/25/11 6:40pm 7/25/11 6:40pm

Japan's Buying All the Radioactive Beef It Can Find (And Burning It)

Japan's nuclear beef problem is getting worse. Bloomberg reports over 1,200 cesium-tainted cows have been detected—double the initial estimate. And their meat's already been eaten around Japan. The solution? Buy it and incinerate it. » 7/21/11 11:55am 7/21/11 11:55am

Fukushima's Radiation Now Spreading in Japanese Meat

You know what happens when your nuclear reactor explodes, sending radioactive materials into the dirt? The irradiated gunk gets into the plants. Animals eat the plants. Humans eat the animals. You can see where this is going. » 7/12/11 7:00pm 7/12/11 7:00pm

Even Google Struggled to Help Quake-Rocked Japan

One of the first reactions to March's devastating quake-and-tsunami combo was Google's Person Finder—a database of missing individuals. But even for the search king, it wasn't easy. And the fact that Google's still unknown to many didn't help. » 7/11/11 8:48am 7/11/11 8:48am

Yakuza, Lies, and Danger Are Only a Few Reasons to Hate TEPCO

After decades of sterling grins and nuclear juice, TEPCO is finally being realized as the crooked, careless atom-monger it is. Jake Adelstein and Stephanie Nakajima detail the Fukushima-botching monopoly's glowing green underbelly over at The Atlantic Wire. » 6/28/11 7:00pm 6/28/11 7:00pm

Fukushima Plant Leaks 15 Tons of Radioactive Water

TEPCO's been struggling to keep Fukushima's scorching reactors cool. They've also been struggling to deal with the massive volume of (now radioactive) coolant water. It's not going so well—tons of it are spilling into the ground, Reuters reports. » 6/28/11 8:26am 6/28/11 8:26am

Fukushima Residents Peeing Out Radiation

The spread of radioactive material tens of miles away from their source has its consequences. It doesn't just sit in the dirt—it finds its way into human bodies. And now it's in their pee. » 6/27/11 8:37am 6/27/11 8:37am