2011 Sendai disaster/Fukushima
One of the more disastrous effects of the 2011 Sendai disaster was the extensive damage to the Fukushima I and II nuclear power plants operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. (These events are also referred to as the Fukushima disaster, the Fukushima accident, etc.)
The Fukushima II (or "Daini") plant was shut down successfully (though with some concerns about radiation leakage), but the backup systems at Fukushima I (or "Da-ichi") were overwhelmed, causing several explosions and considerable radiation leakage.
- 2014-07-06 [L..T] Fukushima has 9 days to prevent "unsafe" overheating "Fukushima operator TEPCO has been forced to switch off the cooling system at mothballed Reactor Unit 5, after it was discovered that it had been leaking water. In nine days, if the system is not repaired, temperatures will exceed dangerous levels."
- 2014-06-15 [L..T] Fukushima's Children are Dying "Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal." CAVEAT: This article's analysis is suspect.
- 2013-10-12 [L..T] Despite what you may have heard in the press, Germany's transition to renewable power has been a stunning success. Energy analyst Chris Nelder runs down the facts. "Major English-language media have been propagating a false narrative about the stunning success of Germany's transition to renewable energy: the Energiewende. To hear them tell it, the transition has been a massive failure, driving up power prices, putting Germany's grid at risk of blackouts, and inspiring a mass revolt against renewables. Nothing could be further from the truth."
- 2017-02-03 Highest radiation reading since 3/11 detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor (via) "The radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, the highest since the triple core meltdown in March 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. said. [...] The high figure indicates that some of the melted fuel that escaped the pressure vessel is nearby."
- 2012-02-21 How the Yakuza went nuclear (via): based on Tomohiko Suzuki's undercover work inside Fukushima for his book The Yakuza and the Nuclear Industry