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Fukushima and NZ: Five years later – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 10th, 2016.

Five years on from the Fukushima meltdown, the SMC asks if we have seen any effects in New Zealand. And have our attitudes towards nuclear power changed? It was the worst nuclear event since Chernobyl. In the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, a crippled Japanese nuclear powerplant went into meltdown, and the world […]

Nuclear expert – Q&A with Prof Robin Grimes

John Kerr posted in on March 21st, 2014.

Three years on from Fukushima, questions are still being asked about the long term impacts of radiation contamination for local communities and the wider environment. Public attitudes towards nuclear energy and perceptions of the associated risks have shifted globally, though not always in the same direction. Visiting nuclear energy specialist Prof Robin Grimes, the current UK […]

Fukushima three years on – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on March 10th, 2014.

Three years ago on March 11, 2011, the largest recorded earthquake in Japan’s history struck off the country’s north-eastern coast, triggering a massive tsunami and the worst nuclear power plant accident since Chernobyl. Our colleagues at the Science Media Centre of Japan collected comments from Japanese scientists about what progress has been made in cleaning […]

Fukushima water leak – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 22nd, 2013.

Radioactive water is leaking from holding tanks at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan . Minor earlier leaks have been reported but this latest breach is believed to be the worst so far, with an estimated 300 metric tons of contaminated water escaping. Our colleagues at the UK SMC collected the following expert […]

Japan’s quake, tsunami one year on – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 7th, 2012.

On March 11 last year a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan triggering a powerful tsunami. Resulting waves reached heights of 40 metres and pushed a wall of seawater inland as far as 10 km in some regions. The human toll was immense, with over 15,000 people confirmed dead and an additional […]

Explosion at French nuclear reactor – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 13th, 2011.

An explosion at a French nuclear reactor has killed one person and injured others, but experts say there is no need for concern regarding radiation leakage. The explosion occurred at the Marcoule nuclear site, in a part of the facility used to melt down metals. No increases in radiation levels have been detected. More information can […]

Will ‘Playing God’ be our saviour?

John Kerr posted in on July 14th, 2011.

In an article published in the Dominion Post , environmental author Mark Lynas explains why mankind must embrace technologies like nuclear power and geo-engineering if we are to survive the ‘age of the human’. The article, syndicated from the UK paper The Telegraph, is derived from Lynas’ upcoming book The God Species: How the Planet […]

Experts respond: Fukushima now ‘Level 7’ Nuclear Incident

John Kerr posted in on April 13th, 2011.

On Tuesday Japan upgraded the incident level for the Fukushima nuclear power plant from 5 to 7 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), a classification reserved for the most severe nuclear crises. The level 7 classification has only been used once previously – for the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. What does the the […]

Experts respond to radioactive iodine-131 in UK

John Kerr posted in on March 30th, 2011.

Efforts to control the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Nuclear powerplant in Japan have led to the release of radioactive steam into the atmosphere. Raised levels of the radioactive isotope iodine-131 have now been recorded at monitoring sites in the UK, with stations in Glasglow and Oxfordshire reporting slightly increased amounts of the isotope being […]

Fiona Fox: Media meltdown over nuclear threat

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 24th, 2011.

The UK Science Media Centre’s Director Fiona Fox has published a lengthy blog post summing up the international media’s response to the crisis in Japan. In the post, she lays out arguments against the suspicion some journalists and editors voiced — namely, that scientists with ties to the nuclear industry have a vested interest in […]

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