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Wild Boars Remain at Radiation-Hit Fukushima as Residents Prepare to Return

In just a few weeks, the residents of a Fukushima city will finally be allowed to return to their homes. Trouble is, the place has been overrun by hundreds of belligerent and potentially radioactive wild boars, prompting public safety concerns. Read More >>

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Excessive Radiation Inside Fukushima Fries Clean-up Robot

The robot was sent into reactor No. 2 to inspect and clean a passage for another robot in the damaged nuclear facility. Image: TEPCO/Associated Press
A remotely-controlled robot sent to inspect and clean a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be pulled early when its onboard camera went dark, the result of excess radiation. The abbreviated mission suggests that radiation levels inside the reactor are even higher than was reported last week—and that robots are going to have a hell of a time cleaning this mess up. Read More >>

science
A Promising New Method For Cleaning Up the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water remain sitting around the site of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. But scientists can’t simply dump the liquid into the ocean, and if it continues sitting around, it could seep into the soil. Read More >>

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Why This Week’s Fukushima Earthquake Was an Aftershock From 2011

When a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the Fukushima prefecture of Japan on Tuesday, fear swept the island nation that it could herald a repeat of the tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima five years ago, both of which were caused by an enormous, magnitude 9.1 earthquake. Read More >>

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We’ll Always Be Able to Catch Pokémon at Fukushima

Pokémon Go is everywhere, and for some, that’s a problem. Read More >>

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What a Radioactive Town Looks Like Five Years After the Humans Left

Since March 2011, a 30-mile radius around the ruined Fukushima Daiichi reactor has been a designated exclusion zone, unsafe to travel. Over 100,000 evacuees left in a hurry and left behind a snapshot of what life looked like in the moments just before they fled. A brave soul recently snuck in to photograph the apocalyptic scene today. Read More >>

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Fukushima is Now Home to Radioactive Wild Boars

After a nuclear disaster, wildlife tends to flourish in contaminated areas, unchecked by humans that might otherwise hunt them. In the forests around Fukushima, the population of radioactive wild boars is exploding. Read More >>

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Fukushima Farmers are Using Soil Made From Polyester

It’s been five years since Japan’s Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima — and some consumers are still wary of produce grown in the region. That’s why some farmers aren’t growing plants in soil that might be contaminated and are growing plants in polyester instead. Read More >>

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Japan is Down to One Nuclear Power Plant

Japan has closed one of its two remaining operational nuclear plants. The shutdown comes just days before the fifth anniversary of a catastrophic earthquake that triggered a tsunami and the biggest nuclear meltdown since Chernobyl. Read More >>

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Fukushima Workers Don Their Protective Gear in These Eerie Portraits From the Exclusion Zone

Five years ago, a 9.0 undersea earthquake shook Japan. It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the country, and it was followed by devastating tsunami waves, killing 15,894 people. The tsunami caused level 7 meltdowns at three reactors in the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex, resulting in the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl explosion. Read More >>

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Fukushima Reactor Debris Stands No Chance Against Toshiba’s Slicing, Dicing Robot

It’s already been almost five years since the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and the inspection and clean-up is going to last decades. Our best weapon? Amazing robots, like this one Toshiba announced on Monday. Read More >>

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First Fukushima Recovery Worker Diagnosed With Radiation-Linked Cancer

When Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered its meltdown in 2011, over 44,0000 workers helped safely take it offline. Now, more than four years later, comes the first diagnosis of cancer in a recovery worker to be linked to radiation exposure during the work. Read More >>

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New ‘Scorpion’ Robot Will Inspect Fukushima Reactor This Summer

When the 2011 earthquake in Japan damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant, teams scrambled to find a robot that could go where humans couldn’t. In many ways those robots failed, and ever since, there has been a focus on creating robots that can get the job done. Enter Toshiba’s “Scorpion” robot, which will make its way inside the power plant this August. Read More >>

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The Best Way to Map Radiation? Bento Boxes Stuffed With Geiger Counters

Back in 2011, a team of volunteers crammed Geiger counters into bento-shaped boxes to map the radiation following the Fukushima meltdown. It turned into the biggest collection of radiation data in history. Next up: tackling air pollution. Read More >>