Activists in Istanbul marched against nuclear power. And a Japan earthquake roundup

Activists march during a protest against the ...

Activists march during a protest against the Turkish government’s plans to build a nuclear power plant in the country in Istanbul March 19, 2011. The leaders of Russia and Turkey, calling nuclear energy safe, promised on Wednesday to press ahead with the construction of a Russian atomic power plant in Turkey despite Japan’s nuclear crisis. Turkey and Russia signed an agreement last May for Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom to build a $20 billion, four-reactor plant near the coastal city of Mersin, some 25 km (15 miles) from an active fault line. The banner reads, “No to nuclear power. Greens for clean energy”.? Read more » REUTERS/Murad Sezer


“We Will not Allow a Nuclear Power Plant in Akkuyu”

from Bianet :: English
Chambers and associations of Turkish engineers, architects and physicians issued a joint statement against planned nuclear power plants in Turkey. They said that they were not going to allow a power plant to be built in south-eastern Turkey. A protest action is scheduled for Saturday.

Scientist who studied nuclear worst-case scenarios talks about Fukushima worst-case scenario

from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker
Bulut Ayhan (R), from Turkey, chats with his Japanese wife Mika Sasaki using a mobile phone at a window separating the check-in and embarkation zones at Narita international airport, east of Tokyo March 18, 2011. Sasaki said Ayhan was leaving Japan to avoid radiation exposure while she has decided to stay in the country for her family. Japanese engineers toiled frantically to avert a catastrophic release of radiation from a crippled nuclear power plant north of Tokyo on Friday, but the United States said it could take weeks to cool the facility’s overheating fuel rods. REUTERS/Issei Kato

How nuclear reactor design played a role in Fukushima crisis

from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker

How Social Media, Internet Changed Experience of Japan Disaster

from MediaShift

The reports and pictures of the devastation from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last week reminded me of reporting on the earthquake that leveled Japan’s port city of Kobe in 1995.

Nuclear Follies, Harald Heubaum and Dan Plesch

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Harald Heubaum and Dan Plesch
The so-called nuclear renaissance is irrational. Just look to Libya and Japan.

Last week, the world?s attention was suddenly torn from Libya to the developing nuclear crisis in Japan. But the events in Libya and Japan have one thing in common. Each case serves as a powerful reminder of the dangers of nuclear power and the short-sighted, irrational risk analyses of those pursuing the technology.


Why I’m not fleeing Japan

from – Op-Ed Columns by Paul Blustein
Living outside the immediate vicinity of the nuclear plants, we’re as safe here as always.

How to report on risk

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini

The story is often in the detail. And this is particularly true for some kinds of stories, like those dealing with big risks. Medical risks, environmental risks, health risks, natural catastrophes or even stories about terrorist threats: in all these instances, what really makes a story useful is the right details.

Japan: Crisis Management PR Lessons from Cabinet Secretary Edano

from Global Voices Online by Tomomi Sasaki

Japan: Citizen Videos of the Earthquake

from Global Voices Online by Solana Larsen

Written by Solana Larsen

This post is part of our special coverage on the Japan Earthquake 2011.

One has to admire a person with the wits to keep a video camera turned on while the ground is shaking beneath them. Citizen videos recorded Friday, March 11 during the earthquake and tsunami that caused mass devastation in many parts of Japan are all over YouTube. Among the many shared online, here are just a few.


Greenpeace says: Quake-prone Turkey should drop nuclear

from Turkish Digest by A-News

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said plans for a Russian-built plant on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast and a second one for its Black Sea coast, which is under discussion with Tokyo Electric Power Co and Toshiba, won’t be affected by the risk of a natural disaster like the earthquake that struck Japan.

Japan: from tsunami to change, David Hayes

from open Democracy News Analysis – by David Hayes
The effects of the catastrophic earthquake in Japan?s northeast will be felt for years to come. How the country responds will help to define its capacity to meet other 21st-century challenges, says David Hayes.

The closer the view of the effects of the tsunami along Japan?s north-east coast on Friday 11 March 2011, the harder they are for the mind to absorb. A vast stretch of coastline where human settlements and physical infrastructure have been destroyed, in many cases beyond repair; houses, farmland, boats, schools, shops, businesses, hospitals, and services – the essential ingredients of life – demolished in minutes; and as yet incalculable numbers of people, but almost certainly many thousands, drowned or otherwise killed.

Japan earthquake poses questions about EU nuclear safety

from – Headline News

YouTube Launches Channel To Help Japan Quake Victims Communicate

from Mashable! by Christina Warren

Japanese Power Company Creates Twitter Account for Nuclear Plant Updates

from Mashable! by Emily Banks

Japan: Wondering About the Meaning of Life

from Global Voices Online by Scilla Alecci

Japan: Tweeting from Fukushima

from Global Voices Online by Chris Salzberg

MAIN FOCUS: Catastrophe feeds atomic energy doubts | 14/03/2011

from euro|topics

Several Japanese nuclear reactors are threatened with meltdown after the country was hit by a major earthquake. Around 200,000 people have been instructed to evacuate the areas near the plants in Fukushima and Onagawa. While some commentators say it is time to reappraise the role of nuclear power others consider it indispensable in view of rising energy consumption and climate protection needs.

MAIN FOCUS: Fukushima has people thinking twice | 15/03/2011

from euro|topics

Many countries are reappraising their nuclear programmes as a result of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan. Germany has suspended plans to extend the lifespans of its reactors, the EU has convoked a nuclear summit and Italy is at odds over the reintroduction of atomic energy. The press writes that it will be difficult to dispel doubts and fears and calls for nuclear phaseout.


The EU forgets Chernobyl as it encourages Ukraine to become major nuclear-generated electricity exporter, David Hoffman

from open Democracy News Analysis – by David Hoffman

Japan nuclear crisis: Where are the robots?

from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Radiation dose and risk table

from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Japan TV dioramas of stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are dissonantly adorable

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


(screengrabs from NHK, courtesy IZ RELOADED)

During a live broadcast yesterday, the Japanese television network NHK unveiled a hand-crafted scale model of the damaged Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant. Like the cardboard infographics their nuclear experts have been pointing to on-air since the nuclear crisis began, this diorama is a key part of their news presentation, a visual aid of sorts.


Japan nuclear crisis update: “Frantic” efforts continue, “Chernobyl solution” not ruled out

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

When US faced nuclear calamity

After-effects of 1979 radiation leak from nuclear plant in Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, is still felt and seen.


Sendai quake brings back Kobe memories

Residents of port city describe the moment a deadly earthquake hit Japan in 1995.


Turkey needs to give more thought to its nuclear plans

Despite rising concerns about the safety of nuclear plants in the wake of a nuclear crisis in tsunami-hit Japan, Turkey insists that it will not shy away from plans to construct nuclear power plants.


Japan nuclear crisis and the belief instinct: Tomorrow on Bloggingheads

from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Nuclear power plant simulator game

from Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder

Japan earthquake and nuclear crisis: The mental and physical impacts of stress

from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Japan Nuclear Crisis: “Monirobo,” the radiation-monitoring robot, arrives

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Japan: disaster relief efforts in north continue (photos)

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Japan nuclear crisis: A real-world example of radiation risks

from Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Days after global nuke experts declare Fukushima Serious Business, Japan raises disaster level to 5

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Japan: Good Wishes and Prayers Sent Through Video

from Global Voices Online by Juliana Rincón Parra

Written by Juliana Rincón Parra

This post is part of our special coverage on the Japan Earthquake 2011.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai


Japan: A shaken nation

from – Analysis
A populace shocked more by nuclear failings than a natural disaster is starting to rethink the pros and cons of their stoic but often passive society, write David Pilling, Jonathan Soble and Mure Dickie

Scotland and the Japanese Earthquake: The World According to Matthew Taylor, Gerry Hassan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Gerry Hassan
A southern ‘bloviator’ ventures north of the border but before doing so, thanks to “blithering incompetence” in London misses his plane to Scotland and decides to take it out on that country by complaining that it is not as realistic about its failings as Japan. This does indeed annoy OurKingdom’s Glasgow correspondent.

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