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The remains of what was once a roughly semicircular pattern of ancient, inscribed rocks [are] planted upright in the ground a few miles from the shoreline in northeastern Japan. These monoliths, probably 600 years old, are all graven with the same image, written in a long-forgotten Asian dialect. Scholars pooled resources for centuries, trying to decipher the message, seeing success some 30 years ago. Very roughly translated, the inscription reads "Don't even think of building anything between here and the ocean." A thin layer of water-borne silt underneath the topsoil, ending about where the stones are placed, attests to the fact that a tsunami wave once washed this far inland.

From "Atomic Accidents," by James Mahaffey (page 378), 2014

Should GE’s Mark 1 Nuclear Reactor Be Recalled Worldwide Like a Faulty Unsafe Automobile? The Mark 1 failed catastrophically at Fukushima. There are also 35 other such reactors in the world, including 23 in the US. GE engineers who helped design this reactor model, and who later quit because they realized the design was not safe, are interviewed in this article/video. EnviroNews, September 11, 2017

TEPCO announces that it will dump 770,000 tons of radioactive tritium water into the Pacific Ocean Once tritium (half life about 12.5 years) travels up the food chain it becomes even more dangerous to life. When incorporated into animal or plant tissue and digested by humans, tritium can stay in the body for 10 years or more. Internally exposed individuals can expect to be chronically exposed to the toxic impacts of this carcinogen for years to come. By Dahr Jamail, Truthout, August 18, 2017

Near miss at Fukushima is a warning for U.S., panel says Thanks to a lucky break, spent fuel stored at the reactors did not catch fire and send a radioactive plume across much of eastern Japan, including Tokyo. But it easily could have, and a report by the U.S. National Academies should serve as a wake-up call for the nuclear industry. Science Magazine, May 20, 2016

Beyond Nuclear Until the Fukushima accident, Japan had 55 operating nuclear reactors as well as enrichment and reprocessing plants which had suffered a series of deadly accidents at its nuclear facilities resulting in the deaths of workers and releases of radioactivity into the environment and surrounding communities. Since the Fukushima disaster, there is growing opposition to re-opening those reactors closed for maintenance.

Fukushima Response Mobilizing a global effort to deal with the ongoing nuclear catastrophe in Japan.

Are We Safer Now? The Future of Nuclear Power in the Northwest 3.5 Years After Fukushima. Presentation by Dr. Edwin Lyman, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists, October 2014 (Power Point slide show)
Audio presentation to accompany the slide show (starts at about 2:20)

What if the Fukushima nuclear fallout crisis had happened here? Interactive map. Enter an Eastern Washington zip code (such as 99301) to see the area projected to be covered by the radioactive plume. Natural Resources Defense Council, September 2014

Costs and Consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster By Steven Starr, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2011

Soft Energy Paths for the 21st Century Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Amory Lovins to outline his reaction to the Fukushima disaster and his suggestions for Japanese and U.S. energy policy  It's a timely contribution to the rapidly growing movement in Japan to accelerate the strategic shift from nuclear power to efficiency and renewables, as Germany is already doing—an approach consistent with sound economics. July 30, 2011 (PDF)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission report on lessons from Fukushima July 12, 2011

Union of Concerned Scientists summary


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