Japan's 2011 nuclear meltdown and catastrophe transformed Futaba—home of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant—into a ghost town, with every single resident forced to evacuate. But the municipality's empty streets still contain prominent billboards proclaiming the promise of nuclear power.
A website very worth visiting: www.elenafilitova.com. A motorcyclist's journey through Chernobyl.
Apparently that was a hoax::
05:46 PM EST on June 13th, 2015 | 307 comments
CIA Agent: Gov’t covering up effects of radiation; I hope public becomes more aware of threat to their health — Study: Actual radiation risks are “orders of magnitude greater” than official estimates; “Completely changes the picture… a serious public health hazard” (VIDEO)
10:36 PM EST on June 11th, 2015 | 203 comments
Senior Scientist: “Birds in such bad condition” off West Coast — Zero babies survive on islands, usually over 15,000 — “Extremely poor” breeding success… they didn’t even try — Before and after photos show beaches deserted (VIDEO)
10:24 PM EST on June 10th, 2015 | 355 comments
Alarms raised on West Coast over unprecedented die-off of nearly endangered marine mammals — More have washed up in last few months than during all of recorded history combined — Experts scrambling to deal with latest wildlife crisis in Pacific — Official: “What’s going to happen next?” (VIDEO)
01:35 PM EST on June 10th, 2015 | 131 comments
Japan Scientists: High radiation levels near West Coast after Fukushima disaster — Almost 30 Bq/m3 of cesium offshore — Secret documents reveal US gov’t previously ordered radiation test results in Pacific be hidden to avoid contamination fears
05:50 PM EST on June 9th, 2015 | 228 comments
US Gov’t Contractor: Fukushima so fragile it can turn globally catastrophic at any moment — Concern about impact to West Coast from another meltdown — Danger of something “far worse” than initial event — “Substantial risk to stability of Asia-Pacific” — National Lab: Fukushima already a global disaster (VIDEO)
01:23 PM EST on June 8th, 2015 | 357 comments
NOAA: Beaches full of dead baby sea lions off California, many aborted fetuses — Garbage bags filled with animals along coast — Carts in freezer overflowing with bodies — Official: Pollution may well have had an effect… We deliberately didn’t test for it (VIDEO)
09:48 PM EST on June 7th, 2015 | 167 comments
Gov’t Expert: West Coast will soon be hit by 800 Trillion Bq of Fukushima Cesium-137 — Nearly equal to amount of fallout deposited on Japan — Levels in Pacific “higher than expected” — “Main body of surface plume has reached off coast of US” — Never slowed down while crossing ocean, contrary to prediction
01:28 PM EST on June 5th, 2015 | 424 comments
Gov’t Officials: Fukushima should be declared uninhabitable — “Conditions are getting worse, we have to move people away… we can’t wait” — “Someone has to do something” — “Just like evacuation of children in WWII” — Newspaper: “Fukushima youths ready to desert irradiated hometowns” (VIDEO)
12:30 PM EST on June 4th, 2015 | 256 comments
Scientists reveal details of unprecedented mass mortality on West Coast that began summer 2011 — “Many millions” of deaths before sea star wasting syndrome — Multiple species wiped out in days — Mortality rate of 99.99% over large region — “No documented event has been so severe”
11:59 PM EST on June 2nd, 2015 | 347 comments
TV: Scientists warning of mass die-off along California coast — Official: Seafloor littered with dead fish, washing up “as far as I could see” — Toxin has spread all up and down West Coast — Experts: “Very, very unusual… Really extraordinary” (VIDEO)
01:55 PM EST on June 1st, 2015 | 463 comments
Censored US gov’t emails reveal proposed plan to test West Coast residents for Fukushima fallout — “Many cases of cancer may end up being attributed to exposures” — Doses could exceed EPA’s emergency levels — UC Berkeley Nuclear Dept.: “Prompt action should be taken”
09:23 PM EST on May 31st, 2015 | 179 comments
Officials: ‘Nuclear fuel material’ leak at Fukushima — Japan TV: Record levels of radioactivity detected in seawater — Spiked “more than 200 times” at sampling location — Highest concentrations ever measured in 11 different areas (VIDEO)
02:09 PM EST on May 30th, 2015 | 269 comments
Reuters: M8.5 quake strikes off Japan’s east coast — Experts: “Unusually sharp movement” by plate of Earth’s crust — Felt throughout entire country — WSJ: Buildings in Tokyo seen shaking dramatically — “The number of quakes seems to be rising… I’m worried” (VIDEO)
09:15 PM EST on May 29th, 2015 | 150 comments
Surge in whale deaths along West Coast — Experts: “So many in such a small area is setting off alarms… We really don’t know what’s going on” — Professor: “I’m not sure this is just a natural event… There may be a disease in ocean” — Gov’t: “We’re not even concerned about it” (VIDEOS)
11:50 AM EST on May 29th, 2015 | 247 comments
Japan volcano violently erupts without warning — Gov’t issues highest level alert for first time — Reuters: “Smell of sulfur, smoke blacked out sky… Officials warn of more big eruptions” — Expert: “I don’t think this is finished… We could see a more powerful eruption” — Upsurge in volcanic activity linked to 3/11 quake (VIDEO)
02:30 PM EST on May 28th, 2015 | 256 comments
US Gov’t: Melted fuel most likely burned through containment at Fukushima reactors; We’re concerned about failures underground… “Where did it leak out? How did it leak out? We don’t know” — Expert: Corium may have flowed into reactor buildings, burned through floor (PHOTOS & AUDIO)
The government said Friday it plans to lift its evacuation orders issued for areas near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by March 2017, excluding those with high levels of radiation...
The government aims to lift evacuation orders for areas with relatively low levels of radiation, or annual exposure of up to 50 millisieverts.
The guidelines call on TEPCO to continue paying ¥100,000 per month to each evacuee to compensate for mental damage until March 2017 even if the evacuation orders are lifted earlier.