Fukushima radioactive plume to reach US in three years

The radioactive ocean plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster will reach the shores of the US within three years from the date of the incident but is likely to be harmless according to new paper in the journal Deep-Sea Research 1.

Comparing Fukushima to the cold light of Chernobyl

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster spread significant radioactive contamination over more than 3500 square miles of the Japanese mainland in the spring of 2011. Now several recently published studies of Chernobyl, directed by Timothy Mousseau of the University of South Carolina and Anders Møller of the Université Paris-Sud, are bringing a new focus on just how extensive the long-term effects on Japanese wildlife might be.

Rat blamed for Japanese nuclear disaster

Tepco, the operator of the ill-fated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant might have found the culprit responsible for the plant’s partial meltdown and it has four legs and a wiggly tail. 

This graphene cleans radioactive water

It’s probably been a while since you’ve thought about the Fukushima nuclear disaster that rocked Japan, and international headlines, in 2011.

These robots are ready to clean up Fukushima

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may be a distant memory to those of us in the US, but the consequences of that disaster are a daily reality for the Japanese.

Quadruped robot to investigate Fukushima plant

Toshiba has developed a four-legged robot that - at some point - will be used to explore Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor - still basically a no-go area more than a year and a half after the accident.

'Mutant butterflies' found near Fukushima

The nuclear power plant disaster that occurred after Japan's extreme weather last year may have had an impact on the surrounding area.

Nuclear accidents likely 'every ten to twenty years'

Catastrophic nuclear accidents such as the core meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima are 200 times more likely to happen than previously believed, say scientists.

Honda house goes off grid, smartly

Slightly more than a year after the March 11, 2011, Fukushima disaster, Honda unveiled a demonstration home in Saitama, Japan. 



After nuclear disasters, wildlife thrives

Radiation from nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima may, surprisingly, have done the local wildlife no harm at all.

Radioactivity in Japanese waters thousands of times higher than normal

With recent reports that there have been further radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, a new study has assessed the level of radioactivity in the ocean in the first months after the disaster.

iPhone geiger counters are big in Japan

Sanwa has debuted the Fukushima - a cheap Geiger counter for the iPhone that allows users to monitor their surroundings for possible radiation.

Radioactive sulfur in California 'not a problem' say scientists

Tiny amounts of radioactive sulfur reached California after the Fukushima nuclear disaster - but it's nothing to worry about, say scientists.

Fukushima residents have radioactive urine

There’s some sad news from The Land of the Rising Sun today. Fukushima residents now have radioactive urine.

Luxury fallout shelters all the rage after Fukushima

Since the earthquake hit Japan causing colossal damage, a tsunami, and ultimately a nuclear meltdown, a number of Americans are rushing to purchase doomsday bunkers.

Can games help experts manage disasters?


Over the past few weeks, Japan has been grappling with the aftermath of a tragic 9.0 earthquake and tsunami which killed thousands of people.

As radiation reaches the US, scientists say not to worry

Radiation from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is already reaching the US, and is more difficult to predict than the weather, say University of Maryland atmospheric scientists.