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Lorca earthquake ’caused by groundwater extraction’ | BBC News

Scientists studying the fault beneath the Spanish city of Lorca say that groundwater removal may be implicated in a deadly 2011 earthquake there. Detailed surface maps from satellite studies allowed them to infer which parts of the ground moved where. They report in Nature Geoscience that those shifts correlate with locations where water has been drained for years. The study ...

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Fukushima Report Blasts TEPCO’s On-Going Failures | Common Dreams

The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant is still stumbling in its handling of the disaster 16 months later, by dragging its feet in investigations and trying to understate the true damage at the complex, investigators said Monday. The Japanese government-appointed inquiry into the 3 Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdowns has raised doubts about whether other atomic plants are prepared ...

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Made in Japan? Fukushima Crisis Is Nuclear, Not Cultural | TruthOut via capitoilette

Since the release of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Committee’s official report last week, much has been made of how it implicates Japanese culture as one of the root causes of the crisis. The committee’s chairman, Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, makes the accusation quite plainly in the opening paragraphs of the executive summary [PDF]: What must be admitted – very painfully ...

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Fukushima and the Nuclear Pushers | Counterpunch

Karl Grossman, professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College of New York, concludes his article: With some very important exceptions, people have not adequately taken on the nuclear authorities. And we all must. The nuclear promoters have set up a corrupt system to enable them to get their way with their deadly technology. They have lied, they ...

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Japan Restarts Nuclear Reactor Amid Protests | WSJ.com

By YOREE KOH TOKYO—Japan put its first reactor back online Sunday following a two-month hiatus without nuclear power, as concerns over possible power shortages won out for the time being over safety fears following last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. Kansai Electric Power Co. started removing the control rods used to prevent nuclear fission from the core of the No. 3 ...

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Record Radiation Levels Detected at Fukushima Reactor | RSN

EPCO, the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said Wednesday record amounts of radiation had been detected in the basement of reactor number 1, further hampering clean-up operations. TEPCO took samples from the basement after lowering a camera and surveying instruments through a drain hole in the basement ceiling. Radiation levels above radioactive water in the basement reached up ...

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Seismologists Warn Japan Against Nuclear Restart | Common Dreams

Despite widespread public opposition to a restart of nuclear reactors across the country, Japan recently approved the restart of two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant which could go back online as early as July 1st. Today, however, two prominent Japanese seismologists, have argued that that plant reactors sit far more precariously than their operator, Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO), ...

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A Crossroads for Japan: Revive Nuclear or Go Green? | by Andrew DeWit, Yale Environment 360

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has idled all 50 of its nuclear reactors. While the central government and business leaders are warning a prolonged shutdown could spell economic doom, many Japanese and local officials see the opportunity for a renewable energy revolution. by Andrew DeWit May 5 marked the shutdown of the last of Japan’s 50 viable ...

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Fukushima inquiry: I felt helpless, says former PM | guardian.co.uk

Naoto Kan urges Japan to abandon nuclear power as the industry attempts to bring closed reactors back into operation Justin McCurry in Tokyo Japan’s prime minister at the height of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis has admitted he often felt “helpless” during the early days of the disaster, adding that the facility’s triple meltdown had brought the country close to ...

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Why Fukushima is a Greater Disaster Than Chernobyl | Counterpunch

Warning Signs for the US In the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear power disaster, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world posed by the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site are far from over. After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. Senator, it is ...

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