Fukushima: High-risk TEPCO work at Reactor 4 has started (updated)

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TEPCO now admits that the whole Fukushima site contains 80 fuel rods damaged prior to 2011.

(Updated) Fukushima animation shows how difficult clean-up is going to be

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Two views of the spent fuel pool at TEPCO Fukushima Reactor 4. Animation is very instructive (though idealized).

Haiyan, possibly strongest typhoon ever, hits Philippines, 200 mph, amazing satellite images

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CNN reports that the wind gusts are bigger than Katrina and Sandy combined, climate change played a role.

Japanese mafia feared in control of labor at Fukushima nuclear clean-up

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While some experts fear Fukushima could go critical, with 85 times the nuclear contamination of Chernobyl.

Japan’s new “state secrets act” stirs fears about press freedom, Fukushima transparency

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Prime Minister says secrecy law is needed to set up US-style National Security Council. Is Fukushima the reason?

Fukushima: “Usual suspects in Japan are getting richer… at the expense of public safety”

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Writer w 20-yrs Japan experience: “They’ve extended the Japanese patronage system to benefit from the disaster.”

3 Fukushima reactor cores melted into earth during accident, still missing – 4th could explode

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Fukushima Reactor 4 still a potential disaster. Three other reactor cores melted into the earth. Action needed.

(Updated) Risky repair of Fukushima could spill 15,000x radiation of Hiroshima, create 85 Chernobyls

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Does the crisis at Fukushima now demand a global take-over of the repair effort?

Amateur video of the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco

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Video of the Asiana 214 crash and the audio of air traffic control as the plane attempts to land.

Matt Yglesias resigns from the presumed-progressive community — with prejudice

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Shorter Yglesias: I enrich myself by defending your forced suffering. Bad choice on your part.

Fire Island sand dunes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy damaged Fire Island, but the local sand dunes did a lot to lessen the destruction.

Six Hurricane Sandy deaths in NY, two more reported in NJ

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Six NYC deaths confirmed according to CBS local news.Two more in NJ reported.

Hurricane Sandy worst-case for NYC is “unimaginable”

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LaGuardia and JFK could be under 18 feet of water, if the worst comes true.
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