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Is An Even Larger Eruption Brewing At Mount Ontake?

Despite the advanced technology devoted to the monitoring of seismic and volcanic activity, the unexpected eruption of the Japanese volcano Mount Ontake proves that Nature can still surprise us.

The unexpected eruption led to a heavy death toll; there are 36 people confirmed dead and many other were injured as 250 hikers were caught...
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Baseball is Radioactive in Japan

What would you do if you were a baseball player who was afraid to slide to second base because you might pick up radiation from the dust? This would be as big a disaster in Japan as would be in the US, since baseball is one of that countries most popular sports.

There has been a vast radiation disaster in Japan, and efforts have been...
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Poop Burgers

If you thought China had strange food, listen to this: Japanese scientists have found a way to create artificial meat from sewage containing human feces. It's being called the "poop burger." Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create...
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How Will Power Plant Radiation Affect the Japanese--and Us?

One way to determine what the aftermath of radioactive pollution from the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan will be is to look at what happened in Eastern Europe after Chernobyl exploded in 1986. When talking about Chernobyl in the July 12th edition of the New York Times, Joe Nocera notes that, "Oddly enough, the 25th...
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Will Flowers Save Japan?

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March damaged several of their power plants, releasing large amounts of radioactive material into the water and into the soil around the Fukushima reactor. Now a group of citizens have started a...
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Japan May be Hiding the Extent of its Power Plant Disaster

Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster, which started with an earthquake on March 11, which caused a tsunami that destroyed the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, is far worse than the government is revealing.
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To Stay Safe, We Need to Detect Radiation

The recent Japanese nuclear power plant meltdown has spurred scientists on to find better ways to detect radiation. They could also use these methods to search for countries (like Iran) that are secretly making nuclear weapons--as well as terrorists who...
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French Say Milk May be Dangerous

The French research group on radioactivity CRIIRAD is warning that the risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe from the Japanese nuclear power plant meltdowns are no longer "negligible," and are advising pregnant women and infants against not to drink...
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More Japanese Volcanoes Ready to Erupt

Japan's Meteorological Agency warns that after the massive March 11 earthquake, the country's other 20 volcanoes have become more likely to erupt, and there will also continue to be aftershocks in the area. Maybe we should heed the warning: Japanese geologist Masanobu Shishikura warned his country that a massive quake was coming, which would send...
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US Milk: Contaminated by Japanese Radiation?

We earlier reported that US milk is safe to drink, but new evidence shows this may not be true: The EPA reports that radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in several American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milk from Vermont for the...
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The Latest on Japanese Radiation in the US

The EPA is considering raising the levels of Iodine-131 it claims are safe by revising 'Protective Action Guides' that identify safety limits. It is being proposed within EPA that the level considered safe be raised up to a hundred thousand times levels currently considered safe. In effect, this would mean that a single glass of water could...
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Japan Meltdown, Radiation has Reached Seattle

Has Japan lost the race to save its Fukushima nuclear reactor? Highly radioactive water is now being detected in the ocean near the reactor because the radioactive core seems to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and onto the concrete floor below--the same sort of thing that happened at...
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Radiation: Where It Will Come From

Drawing on research from the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986, scientists say that for most Japanese, the long term risk may lie in drinking milk and water or eating food, as well as direct exposure to contaminated soil. Environmentalist Donald Milton says, "Even in most of the Ukraine and in larger areas of Europe after Chernobyl, the major routes...
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Power Plant Problems

We recently wrote that it's not yet time to take iodine, and that's probably still true. While a plume of radiation IS heading towards the West Coast, nuclear experts say it will become diluted along the way and will cause only very minor health problems in the US....
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UPDATE: US Official Says 'Extremely High' Radiation Levels at Japanese Power Plant due to Exposed Rods

The spent fuel rods that have been exposed to the air at reactor 4 at the Fukushima power plant have begun emitting "extremely high" levels of radiation according to US officials. This means that they have almost certainly gone critical.

A Tokyo Electric Power representative has said that "the possibility of...
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Not Yet Time to Take Iodine

Are we in danger from radiation blowing our way from melted power plants in Japan? The reality is that the Japanese are the ones who have to worry. It turns out that even a major multiple meltdown in Japan is unlikely to have much of an effect here. Regarding...
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Are OUR Reactors Safe?

Germany has shut down seven of its nuclear reactors that are the same design as the Japanese reactors that have failed. It has ordered a safety review at all 17 reactors in the country. And last month congress voted to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas by TEPCO, the...
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Bird Brains from Nuclear Radiation

Talk about aflockalypse! Here's the reason we're scared about radiation from Japanese power plants blowing our way: Even though it's been 25 years since the...
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Japanese Radiation May Blow Our Way

The Japanese government has claimed that radioactive material from its stricken power plants has not traveled more than 20 miles from the plants, but the US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan has had to clean radioactive material off its decks while 60 miles out to sea. Sailors on deck have received a month's worth of radiation in a day, as they...
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Bizarre Weather Slams Japan Yet Again

Seventeen typhoons in one season followed by earthquakeafter earthquake has caused frightened Japanese to drive upthe price of gold because they are buying it against hardtimes ahead.

Now more extreme weather has struck the island nation,bringing gale force winds and a sudden extreme temperatureincrease that is unprecedented in the...

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Japan's Deadliest Typhoon in a Decade

2004 has been one of the most active typhoon seasons inhistory, and now Japan, which has been struck time and againthroughout the season, has been hit by its worst typhoon ina decade.

According to a Japanese Meteorological Agency official,Typhoon Tokage was unusual in its intensity and size. Therare typhoon had a radius of over 300...

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Starlink Corn Gene Found in Japanese Beer

Japan's Health and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday, Dec. 27 that it had confirmed that U.S.-grown genetically modified corn banned for consumption in Japan and elsewhere had been mixed with corn used for brewing beer and making processed foods. Of a batch of about 38,000 tons of corn imported from the United States, about 28,000 might have...

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