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Fishing Off Fukushima For Answers
2012-10-26 12:56:09

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Japan fisheries data provides a look at how the ocean is faring 18 months after the worst accidental release of radiation to the ocean in history Japan's "triple disaster," as it has become known, began on March 11, 2011, and remains unprecedented in its scope and complexity. To understand the lingering effects and potential public health implications of that chain of events, scientists are turning to a diverse and widespread sentinel in the world's...

Nuclear Plants At Risk For Tsunamis
2012-09-22 06:21:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In March 2011, Japan was hit with a tsunami as a result of a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake. The tsunami waves reached heights of 133 feet and traveled about 10 kilometers inland. The earthquake was so enormous that it actually shifted the main island of Japan 8 feet east and shifted the Earth on its axis by 4 — 10 inches. As if that weren't bad enough, the tsunami caused the largest nuclear disaster since the...

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...

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2011-07-18 09:05:00

Japan's government plans to suspend all cattle shipments from Fukushima after the country's second-biggest retailer reported Sunday it had sold beef from cattle that ate nuclear-contaminated feed, Reuters reports. The country, which is still suffering the after-effects of the March earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, has already dealt with a huge amount of contamination from products such as tea, milk, seafood and water; and the latest issue only adds to an already fueled...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'