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2014-07-28 10:01:24

The National Academies A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academy of Sciences concludes that the overarching lesson learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is that nuclear plant licensees and their regulators must actively seek out and act on new information about hazards with the potential to affect the safety of nuclear plants.  The committee that wrote the report examined the causes of the Japan accident and identified findings and recommendations...

Radiation Damage At The Root Of Chernobyl’s Ecosystems
2014-03-19 19:37:38

Steven Powell, University of South Carolina Radiological damage to microbes near the site of the Chernobyl disaster has slowed the decomposition of fallen leaves and other plant matter in the area, according to a study just published in the journal Oecologia. The resulting buildup of dry, loose detritus is a wildfire hazard that poses the threat of spreading radioactivity from the Chernobyl area. Tim Mousseau, a professor of biology and co-director of the Chernobyl and Fukushima...

2013-02-07 12:20:01

Tsukuba, Japan, Feb 7, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - Radioactive leaks, such as at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, contaminate the local environment. Contamination of soil and water by the radioactive form of caesium is a major problem, since it persists for a long time; levels of radioactivity reduce by half only every 30 years. Effective detection and removal of radiocaesium would accelerate recovery of the environment.Current detection methods can only localise contamination on a...

Fukushima Radiation Has Affected Butterflies
2012-08-14 08:42:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, according to a new study out of the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa. An increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident were found by the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports. Laboratory experiments exposed the link between these...

Japanese Nuclear Disaster Could Cause More Deaths
2012-07-18 11:17:41

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Based on recent findings, researchers from Stanford University believe that radiation stemming from Japan´s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster may eventually lead to anywhere from 15 to 1,3000 deaths, with 24 to 2,500 due to cancer, in the country. The results of the project differ from previous studies that stated that the radioactive release from the nuclear disaster would not lead to significant health effects. The...

Fukushima Radiation Levels Below Reference Level
2012-05-24 13:42:40

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that radiation levels in Japan's Fukushima district are below the reference level for public exposure in all but two areas. The WHO said in its report that the town of Namie and Itate village, which are located 12 to 18 miles away, were most affected. These towns had doses of radiation levels that reached 10 to 50 millisieverts (mSv). Neighboring towns reached 1 to 10 mSv, while other areas were as low as 0.1 to 10 mSv, according to...

Japan-Nuclear-Reactor
2012-05-06 07:11:37

For the first time in four decades, Japan will be without nuclear power, as the last of its 50 reactors was shut down Saturday for what is being called routine maintenance, various media outlets have reported. According to BBC News reports, operations at the third reactor at the Tomari plant in Hokkaido prefecture was scheduled to have ceased by 14:00 GMT (2:00pm Eastern). That means that for the first time in over 40 years, a country which up until last year had received 30% of its...

Radioactive Kelp From Japan Found On The West Coast
2012-04-11 05:20:14

As the nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan suffered a meltdown after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the surrounding areas became contaminated with radioactive particles. Now, as other items and debris from the earthquake are being washed up on the West Coast´s shore, some of these radioactive particles have been found in giant kelp along the shore. According to a recently published study, radioactive iodine was found in kelp samples from beds along the west coast from Laguna...


Latest Nuclear accidents Reference Libraries

Nuclear Fallout
2013-04-01 10:26:30

Nuclear fallout, or just simply fallout, known also as Black Rain, is the residual radioactive material that is propelled into the upper atmosphere after a nuclear black or a nuclear reaction that is conducted in an unshielded facility. It is so called because it "fall out" of the sky after the explosion and the shock wave have passed. It most commonly refers to the radioactive dust and ash that is created when a nuclear weapon explodes, but such dust can also come from a damaged nuclear...

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