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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.