RADIOACTIVE traces linked to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster have been found in California wines, new research suggests. When an earthquake sent a tsunami crashing into the Japan power plant in 2011 it caused one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. Scientists have continued to uncover radioactive traces in the seven years since the disaster, and now they have found it in the most unlikely source. French nuclear physicists claim they have found radioactive traces from Fukushima in Californian wine, but it's not thought to be dangerous for human consumption. They tested 18 bottles of rosé and cabernet sauvignon from 2009 onward and found increasing levels of radioactive particles in the tipple produced after the nuclear accident. Over the last few years the French team has tested wines across the world to correlate the level of radioactive material with when the grapes were picked and made into wine. Wines made around the times of major nuclear events, … [Read more...] about Radioactive traces found in Californian WINES after Fukushima disaster, experts warn
Japan has reopened three beaches in regions devastated by the 2011 tsunami and resulting Fukushima nuclear disaster after years of reconstruction efforts, officials said Monday. Local officials in Fukushima said they hoped the opening of the Haragamaobama beach would help change perceptions of the region, which has become inextricably linked with the 2011 disaster. One of the reopened waterfronts is Haragamaobama beach in Fukushima prefecture, about 40 kilometres north of the crippled Daiichi nuclear plant. The beach in the city of Soma is the closest to the plant of four beaches that the prefecture has reopened. "I'm delighted, because life in Soma had always been associated with the sea before the disaster," Hiroyuki Ito, secretary general of the Soma Tourism Association, told AFP. Water quality inspection has not detected radioactive materials in the offshore seawater for years, and reopening the beach was only delayed while infrastructure for bathers was being built, he said. "I … [Read more...] about Japan reopens beaches hit by 2011 nuclear, tsunami disaster
BHP Monday vowed to fight an Australian class action alleging the mining giant breached its disclosure obligations and engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct over the deadly Samarco dam failure in Brazil. Nineteen people were killed and a tsunami of toxic waste was unleashed when an iron ore tailings dam burst at the mine in the Minas Gerais region in 2015 in one of the country's worst environmental disasters. BHP and Vale, co-owners of Samarco, last month reached an agreement with Brazilian public authorities to settle a 20 billion real (US$5.3 billion) civil suit over the tragedy. The companies also established a framework to progress a second 155 billion real claim brought by Brazilian federal prosecutors in the next two years. The disaster saw BHP's shares plunge and some 3,000 investors have now signed up to participate in a class action, brought by shareholder Vince Impiombato, the law firm representing him Phi Finney McDonald told AFP. "BHP intends to defend the claim," the … [Read more...] about BHP vows to fight Australia Samarco mine disaster class action
California wines made in the years following the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster contain the isotopes from the accident's fallout, researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) reported. Scientists studied the samples of red and rosé wines made from the grapes harvested between 2009 and 2012 and found traces of Caesium-137 that builds up as a result of a nuclear reactor's operation. The scientists resorted to low-background gamma spectrometry in order to detect the traces as the wine contained very low amounts of isotopes. According to CNRS' research, the amount of Caesium in the bottles presented no danger to human health and the level of the wine's radioactivity was lower than natural radiation. READ MORE: Japanese Citizens Reject Government Plan to Use Soil Contaminated by Fukushima Several reactors at Japan's Fukushima nuclear … [Read more...] about Fukushima Vintage: Traces of Nuclear Plant Disaster Found in Californian Wine
ASTONISHING photos of tsunamis show seemingly gentle walls of water brushing shorelines. But footage from history's most horrific disasters show the waves attacking harbours,before destroying all forms of life in its path. Here's what we know... What is a tsunami? A tsunami, also called a seismic wave, is a series of waves caused by the movement of a large body of water. The term tsunami means 'big wave in the port' in Japanese - and it was coined by fishermen after they returned to shore to find their villages devastated by a giant wave they had not seen at sea. The killer waves can sometimes only be 30cm above the water surface when in the open ocean, so go unnoticed by sailors. But as it reaches shallower waters, the wave is slowed and the top of the wave moves faster than the bottom, causing the sea to dramatically rise Tsunamis can cause the sea levels to rise by as much as 30 metres, although they usually cause a rise averaging three metres. The enormous energy of a tsunami can … [Read more...] about What is a tsunami, how are the waves formed and which countries are affected the most?