Residents returned to a town near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Saturday, as Japanese government officials celebrated a lift on a four-and-a-half-year evacuation order, deeming the area safe after radiation levels had fallen. Continue reading
Within an hour of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated central Japan in 2011, Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital was accepting patients and acting as a refuge for throngs of survivors who’d lost everything. No broken windows. No collapsed ceilings. No flooding from the tsunami that stopped miles from the hospital’s doors. How was that possible? Engineering. Continue reading
Tokyo Electric Power Co. is finally ready to examine the inside of one of the three compromised reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant — with the help of a remote-controlled robot that uncannily resembles a snake.
In March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake shook Japan, triggering a catastrophic tsunami and nuclear disaster. Since then, PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien has provided some of the most in-depth reporting on the subject to-date. He has traveled … Continue reading
The best way to get inside information on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may be through pages of a comic book.
A disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, has greatly affected how Japanese citizens feel about that energy source. Polls suggest that 80 percent of voters now oppose nuclear power in Japan. But walking away from nuclear power is a tricky proposition for a country that has not invested much in renewable alternatives. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading
With help from fisherman and citizen scientists, researchers in Japan and the U.S. are tracking the nucleotides in the ocean creatures who swim in the plume of water tainted with radiation from Fukushima. Their research is part of a long-term effort to figure out when — if ever — certain fish will be safe to eat. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, the New York Times reported that a new health calculator for people to figure out whether they might benefit from taking statin drugs may greatly overestimate risk. Also, workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant began removing radioactive fuel rods from a damaged reactor. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, Japan’s ruling Cabinet voted to reduce their climate change goals in the wake of the Fukushima disaster as the nation won’t be able to rely on nuclear power to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Also, armed militia fighters opened fire on thousands of protesters in Tripoli, Libya killing 27 and wounding 235. Continue reading
Japan announced plans to build a frozen wall around the damaged Fukushima power plant in an attempt to stop radioactive leaks, amid news that water used to cool nuclear reactors has been leaking into groundwater. Tom Clarke of Independent Television News reports on the government’s efforts to step in and stop the contamination. Continue reading