The 2015 Fukushima Pinup Calendar - July



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 July 1, 2012

Tepco: Cooling system back on at Spent Fuel Pool No. 4


July 2, 2011

Radiation monitoring station data was actually three decimal places greater than numbers released to public, says Japan’s former Minister for Internal Affairs

July 2, 2012

White smoke from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor No. 6 turbine building

 July 2, 2013

AFP: Fire breaks out at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant


 July 3, 2013

Interview: Fukushima Reactor No. 4′s problem is not only its nuclear fuel pool! — Pit filled with highly radioactive materials

Tokyo Professor: Situation of Fukushima Reactor No. 2 is ‘beyond imagination’ — Worker: Undoubtedly it’s the most serious problem at plant… We are clueless



Reactor Units 3 and 4, March, 2011


July 5, 2012

NRC Official: 90% chance that containment vessels used at Fukushima would “burst” from fuel melting down

 July 5, 2013

Asahi: Highest cesium levels in a year detected in Fukushima — 1,780,000 Bq/kg on downtown rooftop




July 7, 2011

Trouble at Reactor No. 3: Unable to inject nitrogen in containment vessel to prevent hydrogen explosion

 July 7, 2012

Gov’t Report: Reactor 3 may have had second meltdown a week after first

Gundersen: Latest probe at Unit 1 indicates nuclear fuel has left containment


July 8, 2011

Japan nuclear group says vital info still has not been released, such as temperatures of the molten nuclear fuel and lower section of pressure vessels

 July 8, 2012

Failed power supply at No. 4 fuel pool shows evidence of fire — Tepco says it’s “covered with soot”


 July 9, 2011

New long-term roadmap says removal of melted nuclear fuel may begin in 10 years… “If technology essential for the work has been developed”


 July 10, 2013

Japan Expert: New radioactive leaks from Fukushima Reactor No. 2 may be underway; Concern about ‘vertical streams’ — Tepco: Impossible to completely prevent it from spreading


July 11, 2011

Expert: Appears that more nuclear fuel damaged at Fukushima than all other reactor accidents in history combined




 July 13, 2013

TV: Fukushima plant is hemorrhaging radioactivity — “Scariest part of all is they don’t know where it’s coming from” — The big mystery is why contamination is coming out now in such a hurry


 July 14, 2012

Nuclear Expert: Melted nuclear core could go up to a HALF MILE into earth






 July 17, 2011

Japan, TEPCO to admit that treating Fukushima’s highly radioactive water will take up to three years


 July 18, 2013

Alarm as steam rises from Fukushima No. 3 reactor — Concern about uncontrolled chain reaction — Contains highly lethal MOX fuel — Tepco: “We don’t believe an emergency situation is breaking out”




 July 20, 2011

NHK: “High levels of radioactivity found extensively” — Japan says air 150 km from Fukushima plant is as radioactive as areas close to meltdown

Japan officials claim Fukushima plant is stabilized, then admit radioactive releases won’t be reduced until 2012


 July 21, 2012

Criminal? Fukushima Daiichi workers told to rip open radiation protection suits and insert lead plates — “Make sure nobody sees what you are doing” — Threatened with being fired

Fukushima Daiichi workers ordered to cover dosimeters with lead plates


July 22, 2011

TEPCO redefines “cold shutdown” — Only bottom of pressure vessel has to be under 100 degrees celsius, not reactor-core coolant

 July 22, 2013

Gundersen: Fukushima tanks releasing x-rays in very high quantities offsite — Exposure to people outside plant is very, very high from ‘Bremsstrahlung’ phenomenon — Hundreds of tanks could easily start leaking after quake


July 23, 2012

Kyodo News uses term ‘Hot-zone’ to describe Miyagi, Iwate and Tochigi Prefectures… not just Fukushima

Tepco: Cesium getting stirred up? Fukushima plant still emitting 10,000,000 becquerels every hour

 July 23, 2013

BBC: It’s boiling somewhere inside Fukushima Unit No. 3 — Reactor supposed to be in cold shutdown — Situation ‘worrying’


July 24, 2012

Experts assuming Reactor 2 had cracked containment vessel that allowed releases directly from melted nuclear core —

Asahi: Cables connected to Fukushima reactor thermometers “on verge of breaking” — “Plant still not out of the woods”

 July 24, 2013

Fukushima Unit 3 steaming again, third time in a week — Asahi: High radiation levels detected near where it was observed — Tepco does not know where it’s coming from


July 25, 2011

Cesium-134 in water near Reactor No. 3 climbs to 30 times maximum limit — May have been caused by typhoon

July 25, 2012

Unit 2 water 10 times more radioactive than Unit 1 — 47,000,000 becquerels per liter in turbine room basement

 July 25, 2013

‘Mysterious’ steam at Fukushima Unit 3 — NPR: “Fuel could have shifted… or worse restarted nuclear reactions” — Tepco: “We still don’t know for sure the cause”


 July 26, 2012

NBC News: “The state of the reactors is still deteriorating … the incident is still progressing” says Japanese nuclear specialist — How do you remove radioactive material without releasing it? — All we can do now is pray


 July 27, 2011

Reactor No.3 requiring more water than No. 1 and 2 because of leaks and “other problems”


 July 28, 2012

Experts fear Japan reactor’s strength is failing — Findings triggered immediate concern — “I just don’t understand yet why the transition temperature is so high” says NISA panel expert


July 29, 2011

Gov’t says 1,500 tons of highly radioactive sludge may end up as “soil for gardening”

NHK: TEPCO doesn’t know where melted fuel is at in reactors or actual level of radioactive particles still being released — About to start checking

 July 29, 2012

Gundersen: A ton of plutonium was in each Fukushima reactor — Host shocked


July 30, 2012

Gundersen: Fukushima reactors still releasing radioactive gas — Biggest problem is buildings are leaking into groundwater

 July 30, 2013

Gov’t: Extremely radioactive tunnels at Fukushima must be drained — Contamination is from melted fuel — Nuclear material going through gravel and into ocean?

Japan gov’t intervening at Fukushima nuclear plant — Will take over measuring radiation levels — Top official “questioned accuracy of Tepco’s data on contamination”


July 31, 2012

AP: Link between nuclear weapons and nuclear power is “becoming increasingly clear” says Japan professor — Nuclear power industry not thrilled people are talking about it

 July 31, 2013

Asahi: Grave situation as highly radioactive ‘mystery steam’ and water are released into ground, sea, and air from Fukushima plant — Tepco’s entire focus should be to prevent contamination from escaping — “Appallingly shoddy handling… Glaring ineptitude”


April 30, 2014 Update:

Japan TV: Radioactive release was up to 500 times larger than thought for Fukushima reactor — Surprising surge in radiation levels before explosions — Our understanding of what happened at plant is ‘very limited’


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