radioactive fallout

Vibrant Response 13 - Radiation and nuclear threat response

A Radiological Dispersal Devise Exploded at a Train Station

The unthinkable happened: A (simulated) 3,000 lb. radiological dispersal devise exploded at a train station in a major Midwestern city. Within hours, reports indicated two additional radiological devises, as well as a possible nuclear device, also detonated within the city. Within minutes of the incident, the Federal Emergency Management Agency began the process of responding …

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‘No Safe Levels’ of Radiation in Japan – Danger for Fukushima 50 grows

(TOKYO-IPS/Al Jazeera) – In a nuclear crisis that is becoming increasingly serious, Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency confirmed that radioactive iodine-131 in seawater samples taken near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex that was seriously damaged by the recent tsunami off the coast of Japan is 4,385 times the level permitted by law. Airborne radiation …

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IMPACT: Nuclear plant owner TEPCO downplayed tsunami risk

TOKYO — In planning their defense against a killer tsunami, the people running Japan’s now-hobbled nuclear power plant dismissed important scientific evidence and all but disregarded 3,000 years of geological history, an Associated Press investigation shows. The misplaced confidence displayed by Tokyo Electric Power Co. was prompted by a series of overly optimistic assumptions that …

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Fukushima 50 told they walked in water with 10,000 times the expected level of radiation

(Peter Alford and Rick Wallace, Tokyo) – HIGHLY irradiated water that injured two emergency service workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant probably leaked from the No 3 reactor core, Japan’s nuclear safety regulator says.  It was likely the No 3 reactor’s containment vessel had been breached and the water into which three workers stepped …

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More U.S. states find traces of radiation from Japan

(CNN) — Colorado and Oregon have joined several other Western states in reporting trace amounts of radioactive particles that have likely drifted about 5,000 miles from a quake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan, officials say. But, on a portion of its website dedicated to tracking such radiation, the Environmental Protection Agency noted Wednesday …

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